British racing driver Jamie Chadwick became the first female to win a British F3 race, with victory at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit at the weekend.
The 20-year-old, in her second season in the BRDC British F3 Championship, powered her Douglas Motorsport car from fourth on the grid to victory, climbing to second on the first lap with an excellent start and taking the win when a driver in front of her was handed a penalty for jumping the start.
Chadwick is no stranger to winning, having been crowned the youngest ever and first female British GT Champion in the GT4 category in 2015, and eventually claimed victory by under half a second from Indian driver Krishnaraaj Mahadik.
British F3 has been in existence almost non-stop in various forms since 1951, and is famed for producing numerous notable drivers including Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Daniel Ricciardo.
Chadwick commented: “I’m on top of the world, it’s a massive weight off my shoulders and something I’ve been chasing for a long time. To get it at Brands Hatch, a legendary circuit and one that I’ve always enjoyed racing on is an amazing feeling.”
“I’ve gone through my career and there’s always been a burden with various records, but I just want to win races, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, so to get my first British F3 win, female or not, is great.”
“It was one of the easier races I’ve had, I knew Pavan [Ravishankar] was going to get a penalty and my position was fairly safe so I just stayed with him and kept a clear head, kept on chipping away and came away with the win.”