Overwhelming interest for the W-Series continues to grow with the inaugural all-female series adding another six drivers to their shortlist, or as they like to call it “long-list” of candidates.

One more Australian plus six other international drivers will join the now 60-person roll call vying for a fully funded entry into the ground-breaking series. If successful, drivers will gain access to a range of thorough support facilities including driving techniques, simulator and technical engineering exposure plus enhancing their fitness and media skills.

A total of 18-20 drivers will eventually be selected with now four Australians up for selection against 56 racing talents from 25 countries around the world.

Australia’s latest female induction, Queensland-born Alexandra Whitley, is a seven-time Australian National Ladies Karting Champion with great success this year in New Zealand claiming Rookie of the Year honours and a championship round win at Hampton Downs in the NZ V8 Ute Championship.

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Posted by Alexandra Whitley on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

She joins fellow countrywomen Chelsea Angelo (Australian Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge), Charlotte Poynting (Aussie Racing Cars) and Caitlin Wood (Blancpain GT Series) as potential candidates for next year’s inaugural female single-seater season.

The next round of selection is yet to be announced, however, a fitness test and psychometric profile are set to take place at the Wachauring in Austria during the final weekend in January.

The six-round season commences at the Hockenheimring on May 3-5, 2019 supporting the DTM Championship in place of the now-defunct FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

The six latest candidates are listed below. Click here to see the full shortlist of drivers.

Alessandra Brena, 23, Italy
Francesca Linossi, 26, Italy
Andreyeva Lyubov, 22, Kazakhstan
Gosia Rdest, 25, Poland
Ines Taittinger, 28, France
Alexandra Whitley, 25, Australia


Images via Alexandra Whitley Facebook

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.