Posted on Jun 1st, 2015
Jamie, who only turned 17 last week, and does not yet hold a road driving licence, races for the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing team in the 180mph Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and is also a member of the Aston Martin Racing young driver programme – The Evolution Academy.
Jamie has won on her last three outings – the Britcar 24 hours, the British GT4 at Rockingham and this latest success at Silverstone. But, for most of the recent weeks Jamie has been concentrating on revision for her A/S level exams, and admitted to being a little rusty on her return to the track.
“Despite not pre-testing on the Friday, we managed to find a good set up in Saturday practice. Qualifying is very short and I managed to set second fastest lap in my session, with Ross, my team mate, third fastest in his, so we started P3 on the grid.”
Sunday’s race day dawned wet, with a rolling start in a torrent of spray, as the 30-strong field of international sports racing cars thundered over the start line. Jamie drove the first session but was hit from behind by another competitor on Lap 1, putting her into a spin and moving her down from her front-running position to 11th in class.
“It was pretty annoying – the other driver was penalised, but our car had slight steering damage. But, I got my head down, adjusted to the car’s handling and focussed on progressing through the field.”
By the time Jamie took the strategic decision to pit, under Safety Car conditions, she had made it back up to 3rd in class. Team mate Ross then completed a very short stint before the team chose to pit again due to improving weather – sending Jamie out on ‘slick’ dry tyres.
Jamie explained: “It was a good call and our car really felt strong in the drying conditions. I was pretty happy with my hour long stint and handed the car over to Ross from 2nd in class, and he took the car to the finish and eventual victory .”
“I’m delighted. We were hoping for a ‘top 3’ but the difficult conditions, and first lap incident, made that look unlikely. However, a clever tactical strategy by the team, a determined drive by Ross and I, and the continued reliability of the Aston all came together to give us the win.
“I’d like to thank Beechdean, and our race engineer David Brewer, for providing a great car and a really professional approach all weekend. Our next race will be at the famous Spa circuit in Belgium in July on 10-11 July.
Before then Jamie has the small matter of two further school exams and her first driving lessons…
“I’m only just 17 and my Mum and Dad gave me a set of ‘L’ plates and some driving lessons for my birthday, but school has been taking priority. Driving on the road in a sensible car is going to be a very different experience after racing on the limit in my Aston Martin,” said Jamie.