• Jamie Chadwick 3rd in Round 5 at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend
• Her first season in BRDC British F3, after making the switch from British switch from GT and endurance racing
• The only girl competing in Formula 3 – single-seater race series on the ladder to Formula 1
• Racing with the Woking based 2016 Championship Winning ‘Double R’ Race Team
Jamie Chadwick, 18, from near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, picked up her first BRDC British F3 podium this Sunday 30 April, during an action-packed race weekend at the high speed, 1.94 mile, Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northampton, which hosted Rounds 4,5 and 6 of the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.
Saturday’s Qualifying saw Chadwick start Round 4 in eight, but a blistering start immediately promoted her to 6th, a tight race ensued in the mid-field, after a race long battle Jamie finished 8th netting the reverse grid pole position for Round 5.
In Round 5 a positive start saw Jamie lead a plethora of F3 cars down to the Dean Hairpin ‘bottleneck’, Jamie exited the hairpin in 2nd. Passed by the eventual race winner Jamie settled into 3rd, trying to challenge Omar Ismail in 2nd whilst defending from Ben Hingeley and Callan O’Keeffe in 4th and 5th. 3rd at the chequered flag and well-deserved first BRDC British F3 podium.
Due to a penalty picked up in Round 5, Chadwick started the final race, Round 6, from the back of the grid. Although she was able to pick up places as others faltered, a shortened race meant Jamie had to settle for a 10th place finish.
The results leave her 9th in the Championship after 6 of the 24 Rounds completed, with the next meetings at Snetterton in Norfolk (26/27 May), Silverstone Grand Prix (9/10 June) and Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium, (7/8 July).
“It was great to pick up that first Podium in Round 5, a nice stepping stone at this stage in our programme, and I’m looking forward to many more”
“These F3 cars are terrific to race, but pretty technical and physical. Getting the best out of myself and the car is a learning process and this weekend is probably best described as ‘work in progress’.
“There are areas where we’re very happy, and I’m constantly gaining valuable experience, but there’s also areas where we can see the margin for improvement, and that’s always my target.”