Australian Caitlin Wood has been selected as one of 18 drivers for the inaugural W Series after four days of intense on-track action at Circuito de Almeria, Spain.
The 18 women will represent 13 different nationalities in the historic first ever all-female single-seater racing series.
Judges for the all-female category cut down the field from an initial selection of 28, with fellow Australian Alexandra Whitley missing out on selection.
W Series CEO, Catherina Bond Muir said: "After four intensive days’ testing in Almeria, finishing yesterday, and four equally rigorous days’ trials in Melk in January, as you can imagine we’d amassed a huge amount of data.
“So our judges, led by Dave Ryan, then crunched that data in order to determine who would be the 18 drivers to contest the first ever single-seater racing series for female drivers: W Series.
“To those drivers who didn’t make it through, I offer my commiserations, of course, but I also say ‘well done’.
“All our drivers worked diligently, studied hard, and drove well, including those who didn’t make it through.
“To the 18 drivers who did make it through, I say ‘big congrats and very well done’."
David Coulthard, W Series Advisory Board Chairman said: “This has been a more difficult selection process than we ever could have dreamt of in terms of how close it has been across the field.
“The rate of learning has been really impressive to see, and that’s absolutely what we need to see in those who have relatively little experience in single-seaters, but have got natural speed.
“The emotion attached to it has got nothing whatever to do with whether they’re male or female. It’s just that, having had the pleasure of being a professional driver, I know how privileged that is, and I sincerely want all of them who have gone through this process to have professional racing careers at whatever level their talent will allow them to go to.
“This represents today one big step closer to them realising that dream, and I think everyone at W Series can be proud of their contribution to putting these racers on track, who just happen to be women.”
The W Series officially kicks off in Hockenheim, Germany 3-4 of May.