- Close racing and positive results for Gloucestershire teenager in her inaugural British Formula 3 season.
- First experience of the British Formula 3 car at the spectacular Spa Francorchamps circuit, home to the Belgian Grand Prix
Jamie Chadwick, 19, from near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, who has moved from GT racing to single-seaters this year, continued her learning experience at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.
A 30 minute Qualifying Session saw Jamie head the timings early on before with Jamie ending up within the Top 10 in ninth.
A blistering start in Race 1, on Friday afternoon, saw her quickly progress up to 5th and holding station with the lead pack, before becoming embroiled in close action with Jordan Cane, the two swapping positions between 5th and 6th several times – with Jamie being pipped to the flag, finishing 6th overall.
This placed her third on the grid for Race 2, on Saturday morning. Another fabulous start propelled her up to 2nd as the train of Formula 3 cars swarmed through Eau Rouge. Jamie eventually finished 10th with a damaged car.
For the final race, on Saturday afternoon, Jamie started twelfth. A challenging first lap cost her valuable places and Jamie dropped back to 16th. A spirited fight back meant Jamie climbed back up to 11th by the chequer.
A strong first visit to Spa Francorchamps sees Jamie leaving Belgium on a positive after moving up to 8th in the Championship after 15 Rounds, with 9 Rounds remaining.
Jamie Chadwick, “I love coming here, it’s a legendary drivers’ circuit, and it’s a real challenge to get the perfect, consistent lap, and race wheel-to-wheel. Although I am a bit disappointed not to have got slightly better results, especially in Race 2 where I struggled for pace, I learnt a lot this weekend, that will make me a better driver and help my progression in these cars and this racing. Interestingly, in the last race, although I had to recover from the back of the field, it was one of my most satisfying races. I didn’t want it to end – I felt I was on a charge.”