W Series gets its own flying Finn!


Nobody has ever really come up with a good explanation about why a country of just 5 million people - but 77 billion trees - has produced so many great racing drivers.

Driving as fast as possible as young as possible appears to be a rite of passage in Finland, be it on asphalt roads, gravel roads, or roads covered in dirt or snow. The ability to drive a car on the ragged edge of adhesion is just ingrained in the country's culture.

Emma Kimilainen - a surname that's a tell-tale sign on its own about what this young woman is about - put her "culture" and skills to good use in the penultimate round of the W Series at Assen on Saturday.

From pole, Emma bowed to Alice Powell but a small error by the Brit put the Finn back in charge, a position she retained until the checkered flag.

Kimilainen's win has kept the all-female championship wide open for its grand finale that will take place at Brands Hatch in three weeks.

Williams development driver Jamie Chadwick - who finished third at Assen - slightly increased her advantage in the series over rival Beitske Visser, with 13 points now separating the two title contenders.