The extraordinarily long W Series summer break ended dramatically in Singapore as Beitske Visser took her first win since 2019, and double-champion Jamie Chadwick suffered her first non-finish in the championship. Visser's win represents the end of an 18-race dry run without a top-step trip for the Dutch racer who challenged Chadwick until the final round of the inaugural W Series season. The title fight will continue into the North American trio of races in the USA and Mexico, thanks to Visser taking 25 points out of Chadwick's lead.
Wet weather bookended the race in Singapore. First, a rain-hit qualifying session mixed up the grid and then drizzle began to fall in the final racing moments, although not enough to affect the result. Qualifying saw Marta Garcia take her first 2022 pole position ahead of Visser, with the only other drivers capable of stopping Chadwick from winning the championship, Alice Powell and Abbi Pulling, in P3 and P6, respectively. Chadwick, meanwhile, couldn't master the slippery conditions and would start Sunday's race in P8 with a time that was some 2.2s down from Garcia's pole lap.
Any hopes for Garcia to turn her pole into a win, as she did in her only other P1 start at Norisring in 2019, soon evaporated thanks to Visser's stellar launch. Visser's Sirin Racing car pulled alongside and had the inside line for Turn 1, netting Visser P1; a lead she would not relinquish. The twists and turns of Singapore's Marina Bay Street Circuit made passing as problematic as it was in the Formula One GP, and W Series has no DRS to assist the chasing drivers.
With the opening lap as the best time to make up positions, Chadwick quickly toppled one of the three racers she needed to best to take the crown. Fabienne Wohlwend's CortDAO and Pulling's Racing X fell behind Chadwick's fast-starting Jenner Racing car, with the reigning champion completing a brave move on Pulling at the outside of Turn 3. She was up to P6, but with Visser in P1, Chadwick would need to grab the lead from her Dutch rival to become a three-time champion in Singapore.
Meanwhile, the other driver in with a shot of the title, Powell, began her hunt of Garcia for P2. Powell pushed her Bristol Street Motors car right onto the tail of Garcia's CortDAO, suggesting she had far more pace than her Spanish rival. Garcia fended off the threat in the opening salvo, but Powell kept close behind.
Elsewhere, Juju Noda and Nerea Marti collided when exiting Turn 7. Noda damaged her front-right suspension and became the first retirement of the only race on the Japanese driver's home continent.