Jamie Chadwick extends drivers championship lead with Le Castellet win

Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain and Jenner Racing celebrates on the podium at Circuit Paul Ricard. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Jamie Chadwick made up a two-place grid penalty Saturday to clinch her seventh-straight W Series win in Le Castellet.

After starting on the second row, Chadwick surged into the lead in the race’s opening lap following an impressive start.

Chadwick’s victory in France marks her fifth of the season, extending the Jenner Racing driver’s points lead. With 125 points, Chadwick sits atop the driver standings, well in front of Abbi Pulling and Beitske Visser, who have 55 and 53 points, respectively.

“I feel like it makes up a bit for yesterday,” Chadwick said after the race. “I felt like I needed to make amends for yesterday. Beitske kept me honest initially, but after that I just kept my head down and I’m happy to get the win.”

Behind Chadwick, the race featured plenty of drama, with Marta Garcia and Abbie Eaton involved in an incident at lights out, triggering an early safety car. Chloe Chambers and Emely De Heus also made contact during the race, earning the Sirin Racing driver a 10-second stop-and-go penalty and instigating another safety car.

Chadwick, however, held on during the second restart to charge to a convincing win.

The 24-year-old finished ahead of second-placed Belen Garcia, who secured her first W Series podium, and Nerea Marti, who took third.