W Series announces short-list of 2019 hopefuls

After a weekend of activities and tests, the all-new women-only W Series has announced the definitive list of names that will progress to the final round of the selection process.

The 54 hopefuls from around the globe have been demonstrating their skills on and off the track in Melk, Austria over the weekend. Now, 28 women have been chosen to test the W Series challenger in Spain in March. This will be the final part of the process before the series kicks off in May, supporting the DTM calendar.

Four judges had the task of whittling down the talented bunch of racers. David Coulthard, Alex Wurz, Lyn St James and Dave Ryan have now reached a decision.

The skills that they were assessed on included fitness challenges, media tasks and their own Race of Champions on-track shootout.

The qualifiers

Sarah Bovy, Belgium

Jamie Chadwick. Credit: Jess Hand

Jamie Chadwick, UK 

Sabre Cook.

Sabre Cook, USA

Natalie Decker, USA

Marta Garcia Credit: Motorsport.com

Marta Garcia, Spain

Megan Gilkes, Canada

Grace Gui Credit: frdsports.com

Grace Gui, China  

Esemee Hawkey Credit: Porsche

Esmee Hawkey, UK

Jessica Hawkins Credt: MINI

Jessica Hawkins, UK 

Shea Holbrook

Shea Holbrook, USA

Francesca Linossi Credit: Megamodo

Francesca Linossi, Italy 

Vivien Keszthelyi (via Twitter)

Vivien Keszthelyi, Hungary

Emma Kimilainen (via Twitter)

Emma Kimilainen, Finland

Natalia Kowalska Credit: Newsauto

Natalia Kowalska, Poland

Stephane Kox

Stephane Kox, The Netherlands

Miki Koyama Credit: Miki

Miki Koyama, Japan

Milou Mets Credit: Milou

Milou Mets, The Netherlands

Sarah Moore Credit: Sarah Moore Racing

Sarah Moore, UK

Tasmin Pepper (via Twitter)

Tasmin Pepper, South Africa

Vicky Piria (via Twitter)

Vicky Piria, Italy

Alice Powell Credit: Electricgt

Alice Powell, UK

Gosia Rdest, Poland 

Naomi Schiff

Naomi Schiff, Belgium 

Shirley Van Der Lof (via Twitter)

Shirley Van Der Lof, The Netherlands

Beitske Visser Credit: GT4 European Series

Beitske Visser, The Netherlands

Alexandra Whitley Credit: Mat Smith

Alexandra Whitley, Australia 

Fabienne Wohlwend Credit: Motorsport.com

Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein

Caitlin Wood, Australian 

Be sure to keep an eye out for an in-depth look at the successful women over the next few weeks.

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