|2019 Nuremberg W Series Round|
|Race 4 of 6 of the 2019 W Series|
|Date||6 July 2019|
|Official name||2019 W Series Nuremberg round|
|Location||Norisring, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||2.300 km (1.429 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps, 82.800 km (51.429 mi)|
The 2019 W Series Nuremberg round (also commercially referred to as #WRace4) was the fourth round of the 2019 W Series, and took place at the Norisring in Germany on 6 July 2019. The event was an undercard to the 2019 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters round at the same circuit.
FP1 would see all twenty cars take to the track, although Sabré Cook's running would be delayed due to technical issues. The session was marred by a crash at the Grundig hairpin between Alice Powell and Esmee Hawkey, which would see Powell taken to hospital with wrist pain. Misano pole-sitter Fabienne Wohlwend would set the benchmark in the opening session, beating championship leader Jamie Chadwick by a tenth of a second.
Only nineteen cars would take to the track in FP2, as the damage sustained to Hawkeys' car could not be repaired in time. This session would also be red flagged, with Miki Koyama plucking the rear wing off her car at the Schöller S. Wohlwend held the fastest time for the majority of the session however a last minute flurry of times put Gosia Rdest at the top, ahead of Beitske Visser and Wohlwend. All drivers would be within a second of the fastest time, with both sessions led by drivers with circuit experience having raced in the Audi Sport TT Cup previously.
Following practice, W Series management announced that the field would remain set at 18 cars. It was subsequently announced that Vivien Keszthelyi would be promoted to main driver and Megan Gilkes would be demoted to reserve driver, with neither Gilkes nor Sarah Bovy allowed to compete.
Qualifying started earlier than normal at 8:50am local time. The session began in a non-descript fashion, before Jessica Hawkins set down a surprise yardstick with a low 51-second laptime at the halfway mark. With seven minutes remaining, Alice Powell would stop her car on the entry to the Schöller S with a gearbox failure, and having already sat out most of the session with technical issues would start from the back of the grid. Upon the resumption of the session, Keszthelyi would have a spin at the Dutzendteich Kehre, before Marta García knocked Hawkins off the top spot. Hawkins would eventually fall to sixth and would be unable to set a better time as Shea Holbrook would suffer broken suspension at the Grundig Kehre with a minute remaining, bringing out the yellow flags and effectively ending the session. García would score her first pole position in the W Series, ahead of Chadwick, Wohlwend, Rdest and Visser – the top six cars covered by less than a quarter of a second.
Marta García would get the jump following a very quick light sequence. Beitske Visser would make the best start from 5th on the grid to dive down the inside of Chadwick at turn one. Wohlwend would be caught on the outside of the opening hairpin, and as she slowed to avoid hitting the barrier Rdest bumped into the Liechtensteiner's rear-left wheel, dislodging the Pole's front wing. There were no incidents in the opening lap, however Sarah Moore would lock up into the Grundig Kehre on lap 4 and spin into Shea Holbrook, catching out Keszthelyi and the slow-starting Caitlin Wood. Moore would suffer from suspension failure the following lap and parked her car behind the barrier at Dutzendteich, whilst Holbrook was forced to pit with a puncture.
As the race wore on, García built a healthy lead over Visser, with Chadwick in striking distance. Wohlwend began to drop off the back of Chadwick, however Rdest was keeping pace with Hawkins in the battle for fifth which disallowed the pair to make ground. Rdest was then be given a mechanical black flag for the broken wing, before both she and Holbrook were handed drive-through penalties for pit lane speeding - dropping both drivers a lap down. Hawkins' pace struggles were on full display as she locked up and ran wide, with Kimiläinen overtaking her for fifth and chased after the leaders.
A quiet race would turn dramatic in the closing laps, as a battle for second between the championship contenders as well as a battle for fourth between Wohlwend and Kimiläinen would commence. With a handful of laps remaining, Hawkins slowed dramatically and pitted with a spark plug failure, with Alice Powell suffering a similar fate behind her having the fuel pump break after running as high as ninth from last on the grid. García took a dominant win followed by Visser, who survived a last-lap lunge from Chadwick which would see the Briton finish third, with Wohlwend maintaining fourth ahead of Kimiläinen who was stuck in fifth as a lack of straight-line speed would see her unable to take advantage of the slipstream. Miki Koyama finished in sixth and twelve seconds behind the top five, followed by Cook in seventh and Tasmin Pepper in eighth. Hawkey would score her first points of the season in ninth and Naomi Schiff finished tenth having benefitted from a time penalty for Vittoria Piria.
|Practice 1||5||Fabienne Wohlwend||51.728||Dry|
|Practice 2||3||Gosia Rdest||50.983||Dry|
|13||77||Vivien Keszthelyi||35||+1 lap||17|
|14||3||Gosia Rdest||35||+1 lap||4|
|15||67||Shea Holbrook||33||+3 laps||14|
|Ret||26||Sarah Moore||4||Crash damage||12|
|Fastest lap set by Emma Kimiläinen: 50.975|
- ^1 – Piria would receive a ten-second time penalty for a jump-start.
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