Jamie Chadwick’s hopes of repeating last year’s win in British GT4, at Rockingham on Sunday, were denied when her Generation AMR Vantage suffered a total front brake failure with only 10 minutes of the 2 hour race remaining, whilst in a commanding 2nd place.
Despite showing excellent pace and briefly leading Round 2 of the British GT4 class at Rockingham, Jamie Chadwick and teammate Matt George ultimately had to settle with P9 after a front brake failure necessitated a lengthy pit stop that saw them drop down the field by the time they were able to re-join, with only minutes left on the clock, putting paid to to what was shaping into a promising weekend.
The frustration was compounded when the Century Motorsport car of Anna Walewska and Nathan Freke, who finished first on the road, was excluded post race. Had her brakes not failed, this turn of events would have likely elevated Jamie and the Generation AMR Team into first place and put Jamie and Matt on top of the Championship standings after 2 rounds.
Rockingham signalled Chadwick’s final planned racing with Generation AMR, where she had been called up at late notice to support the Teamas ‘stand-in’ for James Holder, I the first two Rounds of British GT4 at Brands Hatch and Rockingham.
Jamie’s priority this year now returns to her imminent A-Levels, precluding her from defending her 2015 British GT4 crown, but aims to remain race sharp while her education takes the the lead.
She is currently due to resume racing this year, with Beechdean Aston Martin, alongside “Bake-Off” star Paul Hollywood for the final three Rounds of British GT starting at Spa-Francorchamps in July. Should other opportunities arise between now and then they would need to be considered against the backdrop of her school commitments.
Speaking this week after Rockingham, Jamie commented:
“It was a frustrating end to the weekend, but these things happen in racing. Rockingham is tough on brakes and we had been experiencing a soft pedal for majority of the race, unfortunately our fronts lost all the hydraulic fluid and we had no option but to pit from second, which we now know would have been good enough for the win because of the exclusion of the Century Motorsport car. Regardless, it’s been a greatexperience to work with Generation AMR, Matt and James, over the past few weeks and now the focus turns to my exams before getting back toracing with Beechdean for the final part of the season”.