SMP Racing junior driver Irina Sidorkova was selected by the organizers of the W Series to participate in the 2020 season.In mid-September, Irina took part in the pre-season tests of the W Series, according to the results of which the series organizers announced six drivers who will join the line-up of the 2020 W Series championship. Sidorkova is the youngest participant in the championship. The calendar for the upcoming W Series season will be announced later.
“I am very pleased that the organizers chose me as a participant for the next season of the W Series,” SMP Racing junior driver Irina Sidorkova said. “There is a great honor and responsibility, because I will represent Russia and the SMP Racing program in the first women's formula championship, which already in the first year of its existence proved the high the level of its participants. In the coming months, I will train hard to be competitive and fight for high places in the upcoming W Series season.”
“We evaluate the past W Series tests in SMP Racing positively, the annual training program, including participation in two Formula 4 championships, paid off,” Petr Aleshin, director of the SMP Racing junior program, said. “However, Irina will need a serious winter program and now we are working on it. We made the first step - the Russian woman was selected to participate in this prestigious series. Now we need to work on making Irina’s performances as effective as possible.”
“After a three-day on-track test at Almeria last month, and a rigorous lap-time and data-analysis programme thereafter, we’re now able to announce the first 18 of the 20 drivers who’ll compete in the 2020 W Series championship,” Catherine Bond Muir, Chief Executive Officer, W Series, said. “It’s an impressive list, including the top 12 from our 2019 season, and six new drivers, who all performed well at Almeria. The result is a varied and international group, comprising 18 drivers from 12 countries, ranging in age from the super-experienced 30-year-old Finnish driver Emma Kimilainen to the very promising 16-year-old young Russian, Irina Sidorkova.”
W Series is an international formula championship for women, which was launched in 2019. The participants were fighting on the track driving Formula 3 category cars. The Englishwoman Jamie Chadwick is the first ever W Series champion in 2019.