Posted on Dec 10th, 2018
Jamie Chadwick secured three decisive wins in the MRF Challenge Series, at the 3.36 mile Bahrain International Grand Prix Circuit, this weekend.
After dominating the timing screens in the free practice sessions on Thursday, technical issues resulted in a disappointing qualifying session. However, shrewd tactics by her team, conserving tyres on day one, enabled her to optimize her race performances with two fourth places plus the spectacular three wins.
Speaking in Bahrain after three visits to the top step of the podium, Jamie said;
“I’m delighted with this weekend’s results. The practice sessions showed that we had race-winning pace, and although we couldn’t translate that into qualifying, I knew that we had a great car and strategy to push for the top step of the podium. As ever, I can’t thank the team enough, they did a faultless job.
I’m really enjoying this series (MRF Challenge). It was intended to be part of my winter training programme, and the busy scheduling – five races in two days – provides a valuable intensity to the weekends. And, of course, great locations. I’m really looking forward to the final rounds at Chennai in February.
The MRF Challenge kicked off in Dubai in November, with Jamie picking up three second place finishes. Following her dominant performance in Bahrain she now lies 2nd in the points standings, with just 18 points separating her and experienced Belgian single-seater racer, Max Defourney, as they head into the final rounds in India.
This highly acclaimed winter championship has attracted several top drivers in the past, including current European F3 champion Mick Schumacher (son of Formula 1 legend Michael), IndyCar racer Pietro Fittipaldi, and design guru Adrian Newey’s son, Harrison, among others.
Jamie’s success in the MRF Challenge comes soon after the announcement that she is to make a high profile test debut with ABB FIA Formula E Championship team NIO in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday 16th December.
On the test, Jamie said; I am hugely looking forward to testing with the NIO Formula E team next week in Saudi Arabia. It’s a very different challenge, but an opportunity that I’m really relishing, and for which I’m very grateful.”
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