RAVENOL Partner Gosia Rdest to Drive in Inaugural W-Series
Thursday, 28 March 2019 | Ravenol Marketing
We are happy to announce that Gosia Rdest, brand ambassador for RAVENOL in Poland, has been chosen to drive for the inaugural W-Series, an all female international-level formula racing championship.
Gosia’s life ambition is to be a role model for young female drivers, and last year when she wasn’t competing in the GT4 European Series, she was helping coach girls in karting as the Polish ambassador for Girls On Track, an initiative which aims to promote motorsport to girls at grassroots level.
The final W-Series trials took place last weekend at the Circuito de Almeria in southern Spain. The 28 potential drivers were all put through their paces in brand new Tatuus T-318 formula racing cars. But as well as completing 3000 laps on track, there was also a fitness programme that the women had to undertake to prove they have the physical strength to drive the cars over the course of the season. They also received training in fitness, nutrition, sleep recovery and jet lag management and the psychological skills required to be an international level racing driver.
Once the results from the cars and the fitness programme came in, W-Series organisers then had the gruelling task of selecting the drivers who will be on the grid later this year. As well as pure speed and the women’s performance in the cars on track, the selection process also took into account how well they improved over the tests, their interactions with the engineers and mechanics, and their stamina and consistency over the longer sessions.
Of the 28 women who were shortlisted for the selection trials, the following 18 were selected to race in the W-Series in 2019:
Gosia Rdest, Poland
Jamie Chadwick, UK
Sabre Cook, USA
Marta Garcia, Spain
Megan Gilkes, Canada
Esmee Hawkey, UK
Jessica Hawkins, UK
Shea Holbrook, USA
Emma Kimilainen, Finland
Miki Koyama, Japan
Sarah Moore, UK
Tasmin Pepper, South Africa
Vicky Piria, Italy
Alice Powell, UK
Naomi Schiff, Belgium
Beitske Visser, Netherlands
Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein
Caitlin Wood, Australia
Following the driver selection, the W-Series will hold a pre-season test at Lausitzring in Germany from the 14-16th of April, before the season gets underway at the Hockenheimring on the 4-5th of May. The series, which has a prize fund of US$1.5m – including US$500,000 for the overall winner, will run as a support to the DTM and will run over 6 rounds:
3-4 May - Hockenheim, Germany
17-18 May - Zolder, Belgium
7-8 June - Misano, Italy
5-6 July - Norisring, Germany
19-20 July - Assen, Netherlands
10-11 August - Brands Hatch, United Kingdom
c/o "Gosia Rdest - Life is a Race"