Posted on Apr 10th, 2016
Jamie Chadwick, 17, BRDC “Rising Star”, first female and youngest ever winner of a British GT Championship title, has announced she will drive the SuperRacing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the first two rounds of the 2016 British GT Series. She will stand-in for SuperRacing regular, James Holder, who has business commitments that rule him out of Brands Hatch on the 16-17th April and Rockingham on 30th April – 1st May. She’ll line up alongside newcomer Matt George.
This follows hot on the heels of a successful BRDC F3 single-seater test with Hillspeed at Snetterton on Friday 8 April 2016.
“It’s certainly turning into a busier year than I expected”, said Jamie. “This year I’ve got my A-Levels, so I had planned to limit my racing over the first half of the season, prior to linking up with Paul Hollywood and the Beechdean Aston Martin Team for the final three rounds of British GT. However, when the opportunity arose to join the guys at SuperRacing, for the first two rounds, I couldn’t really refuse.”
James Appleby, Team Principal of Generation AMR SuperRacing said,”It’s great to have Jamie playing the role of super sub for James at the first two rounds of British GT’s this season. She knows the car well and has a great can do attitude that has worked really well with us all so far. I am excited to see how Matthew and Jamie get on as a pairing”
The SuperRacing news follows the recent announcement that Jamie has been chosen to co-drive in the last three rounds of this year’s British GT4 Championship with BBC ‘Bake Off’ star Paul Hollywood for the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing team. The duo is set to race at Spa Francorchamps on 8-9th July, Snetterton on 6-7th August and Donington Park on 10-11th September.
Jamie continued, “Other racing is possible and, in complete contrast, I have also been testing a BRDC F3 with Hillspeed and guidance from experienced single-seater racer, Struan Moore [current McLaren GT Academy driver in Blancpain Endurance, ex-BRDC F4 and Japanese F3 driver], This will help broaden my racing outlook and give me some additional ‘aero’ experience. So, all in all, a busy year ahead, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get going”.
Commenting on Jamie’s BRDC F3 test, Richard Ollerenshaw, Team Principal of Hillspeed said, “This is Jamie’s first outing in a single-seater and we’ve been hugely impressed. The morning provided damp conditions so we sent her out on wets and things brightened up in the afternoon for some dry running, giving her a well-rounded test. She provided excellent feedback, and improving times throughout the day, as she adapted to the car, and it’s clear she’s more than capable in a single-seater. I think we can assume this won’t be the last time we see Jamie in an open wheel machine”.
The 17 year old, from near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, began racing in karts at the tender age of 11. In 2012 she won the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, beating more than 60 other young racers to compete in the highly competitive Ginetta Junior Championship, quickly becoming one of the stand-out stars of the series.
Since signing to race a GT4 Aston Martin V8 Vantage with Beechdean Motorsport in 2015, Jamie has cemented herself as one of the UK’s most promising young driving talents, securing the British GT Championship GT4 title with her teammate Ross Gunn, getting selected to be part of the 2015 Aston Martin Racing Driver Evolution Academy and recently being announced as a ‘Rising Star’ member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
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