Jamie Chadwick, the 17 year old Cheltenham College school girl, has been invited to become one of the BRDC’s ‘Rising Stars’ – the Silverstone based Club’s programme for identifying and supporting talented young British racing drivers.
The invitation follows Jamie’s racing successes, most notably her class-leading performance in the 2015 British GT Championship, driving her Beechdean Aston Martin Racing team’s V8 Vantage GT4, alongside Ross Gunn, her team mate who also joins the Rising Stars. With two rounds to spare, Jamie and Ross lead the championship by 42.5 points.
Jamie commented “August is normally a quiet month for me, but this year it’s been fantastic! I’ve achieved two of my most important goals – joining the prestigious BRDC and passing my driving test! The BRDC invitation means a huge amount, as it is such a respected and important organisation. I will do everything I can to be a successful Rising Star and representative of the Club.”
Gillian Carr, Club Secretary of the BRDC commented “The British Racing Drivers’ Club is extremely honoured to welcome Jamie onto our Rising Stars programme for young drivers. Her results with Beechdean Aston Martin in GT4 this year have been particularly impressive given it is her first season since moving up from Ginetta Juniors. It is clear that she has a bright future ahead of her and the BRDC look forward to supporting her career progression and welcoming her as a future member in due course.”
Jamie Chadwick is one of the UK’s most promising young racing drivers. Aged just 17, Jamie is still in full-time education at Cheltenham College and combines her schooling with racing in the British GT Championship in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage for the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing team. Jamie has been racing since she was 14, when she won the prestigious Ginetta Scholarship competition, beating more than 50 male competitors. Jamie has also featured in the BBC’s The Racing Set programme in the past.
“The British Racing Drivers’ Club is, arguably, the most exclusive club in motor racing. With a membership that numbers only 850, it is home to the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Those who have met the exacting entry criteria have achieved at the highest levels of the sport, or made a significant contribution to enable others to do so.
The BRDC owns and operates Silverstone Circuit on the Buckinghamshire / Northamptonshire borders. The Club takes it responsibility as ‘guardians of British motor sport’ very seriously. In addition to maintaining and operating the only circuit currently licensed to run a Grand Prix in Great Britain, the BRDC has for many years fostered young driver talent.
Aged 24 and under, the BRDC Rising Stars are very much the future of the Club, today. Scouted from trackside, the BRDC Rising Stars are in effect ‘Junior Members’ of the Club, all taking their motor racing very seriously and all aiming for a professional career within the sport. From all four-wheel racing disciplines, the Rising Stars represent the BRDC in national championships, and from the races contested while wearing the schemes unique ‘blue roundel’ it is hoped the Rising Star will graduate to the ranks of Full membership.
Lewis Hamilton and Alex Lloyd are just two success stories from the Rising Star scheme – and with eight national champions from its ranks last season alone, BRDC Rising Stars has a proven track record of selecting only the best of individuals.”