Chadwick is first champion of all-female W Series

Chadwick crowned inaugural W Series champion

Chadwick crowned inaugural W Series champion

Miki Koyama's spin triggered a safety vehicle, closing up the pack and once clear, there was a final charge to the finish.

Beitske Visser was the Brit's chief rival in the title fight, but a third-place finish at Brands Hatch saw her end the season 10 points behind Chadwick.

That put Visser on Chadwick's tail and the Dutchwoman overtook her with three minutes left after a breathtaking passage of wheel-to-wheel action during which the pair made contact.

A solid fourth was enough for the latter to seal the W Series and the $500,000 top purse.

Chadwick has won previously in the British GT and is an MRF Challenge champions but cemented herself at the inaugural W Series season.

"I'm under no illusions as to how tough it's going to get", she said after clinching the crown with fourth place in the season's final race.

W Series founder Catherine Bond Muir hoped to add at least two races to the calendar next year, probably in Europe before a possible inter-continental expansion into the United States and Asia in 2021.

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"This year has been a whirlwind, and today's race was more intense than any other racing day I've ever had". "The pressure just got to me a little bit".

For Chadwick, still just 21, this W Series triumph is likely to be her springboard to loftier feats.

Chadwick is the current development driver for the Williams Formula One team and has also impressed during testing for the NIO Formula E team.

"We've spent so much of this year talking to the media about what is W Series, why it's needed and responding to our critics and giving our point of view against their criticism".

"I think a lot of people have started to change their minds about it and see it for what it is and what the W Series are trying to do".

"It's been an incredible opportunity for all of us, and the things I've been able to go on to do alongside W Series have made it by far the best year of my career so far".

W Series Chief Executive Catherine Bond Muir has promised extra European rounds for 2020, with the series looking to expand further across the globe in the following years.

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