Maitland driver Caitlin Wood is on the precipice of the final selection trial for the W Series, and now the young racer will know what car she’ll be driving in Spain.
The competition organisers unveiled the series’ Tatuus T-318 Formula 3 cars, and confirmed the all-female open-wheeler season will have five livery options in the 18-drive competition.
For Wood to make it into the final 18 however, she has to make it through the second stage of the selection process, which is currently underway at the Circuito de Almeria in south-eastern Spain. The process began on March 23.
Wood progressed to this final stage after an event series which featured a wide variety of driving and non-driving tasks in icy conditions in Austria.
With the W Series cars part of the selection program for the first time, the series’ Racing Director, Dave Ryan, says that selection will be more ‘racing-focused’.
“It’ll be much more of a race-focused programme than before,” the racing director said.
“Obviously we’ll be recording lap-times, and the drivers’ pace will be important, but we’ll also be looking at their rate of improvement throughout the test, and the ability of each driver to work technically and productively with engineers and mechanics, in addition to their stamina and consistency over longer runs.”
There is space on the livery for ‘prominent’ positioning for driver names and national flags, as well as the racing numbers of their choosing.