Posted on Feb 23rd, 2020
Jamie Chadwick, 21, the Williams F1 Development Driver and Aston Martin Racing Factory GT Driver, concluded her winter preparation with strong finishes in the final back-to-back rounds of the Asian Formula 3 Championship, including a maiden Asian F3 win in the penultimate race today, Sunday, 23rd February in Thailand.
Bath born Jamie, who won the MRF Asian Series, inaugural W Series, and co-won her GT class in the Nurburgring 24 Hours in 2019, was a late entry to the 2020 Asian F3 Series, intending to utilise it for her winter training and pre-season preparation for what will be a very busy 2020.
Steady early results as she familiarised herself with the car, circuits and competition, were punctuated by the disappointment of being denied her first win at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Grand Prix Circuit.
There she qualified pole and raced to a dominant victory only to be denied, after the proceedings, due to a minute movement on the start-line. But this was a clear indication of Chadwick’s abilities and intent as a front-runner, which she went on to confirm over the final weekend of racing.
The series enjoyed plenty of close racing and overtaking on the wide circuits, with drama and incidents. Management of tyre wear and performance was crucial with only two sets available for the two Qualifying Sessions and three 30-minute races, for each driver.
Commenting after the finale, Jamie said:
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coming out here for Asian F3, and it has been very valuable for my pre-season preparation. I sensed my fitness and my racing getting stronger with each round. It is very competitive at the front, and learning the importance of tyre management throughout the Series made it tactical and, often, quite demanding.
There has been a lot of close racing with more overtaking than you often see in single-seaters. I have a busy year ahead, but very pleased with the latter part of this Series, which I see as a platform for further progress.”
Asked whether her performances vindicated her decision to race in the all-female W Series, Jamie responded:
“I am confident that W Series will go from strength to strength. It achieved a huge amount in its first year, and it is an important asset in highlighting female talent in a male dominated sport, whilst also providing a fresh and entertaining approach to the sport.
Motorsport should never be segregated, and the best W Series drivers have, and will, compete against, and beat, the best male drivers in other series – as I hope I have demonstrated here.”
The next three months will see Jamie drive the Jaguar Formula E race car in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship ‘Rookie’ Test in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 2nd/3rd March, and then look to defend her W Series crown from late May. She will also continue her commitments to Rokit Williams F1 and Aston Martin Racing, as well as her media work.