Posted on Jun 24th, 2019
Jamie Chadwick achieved another memorable victory in her burgeoning motorsport career, over the weekend of 22nd/23rd June, with a history-making class win at the annual ADAC Total Nurburgring 24 Hour Race in Germany.
Bath-born Chadwick, who lives near Tetbury, achieved the outstanding success as part of a Factory Aston Martin Racing entry, alongside co-drivers Peter Cate and Alex Brundle (son of Sky Sports F1 commentator and former Grand Prix racer Martin).
Notably, the victory at the notorious 12.9-mile Nurburgring-Nordschleife, was a first for the brand new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 carrying even greater significance for the manufacturer – with whom Chadwick was British GT4 Champion in 2015, and for whom she is now a Factory driver, alongside her W Series racing and Williams F1 development roles.
Comprising the modern Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit and the historic Nordshleife Eifel forest sections, this unforgiving track was dubbed ‘The Green Hell’ by Sir Jackie Stewart and was, infamously, the scene of Nicki Lauda’s horrendous F1 accident in 1976.
The No.37 Chadwick/Cate/Brundle Aston Martin actually started the weekend’s 24 Hour race on Saturday, 22nd June, with an early gearbox fault which meant the entry dropped to the back of its class and towards the rear of the 155 car starting field.
But, with a concerted and disciplined team effort throughout the hectic 24 hour encounter, a faultless recovery was staged as the squad progressed through the traffic to take a famous class win in an exciting and incident-filled race.
Commenting at the end of race celebrations, Jamie said:
“Wow, that was a spectacular team performance. From slipping to the back of the field in the early stages, to clawing our way back to get the win, required everyone’s careful and calculated effort. I must say thank you to everyone at Aston Martin and, of course, Alex and Peter.
“I’ve raced here several times, including last year’s rain-hit 24Hours, and it really focusses every ounce of attention, but there is no other circuit like it – and the will to master it becomes an addiction. Of course, endurance racing is completely different to single-seater sprint racing, but I feel very privileged to be able to do both, and with such great people.”
David King, President, Aston Martin Racing, added: “Winning at the Nürburgring means so much to Aston Martin. This is the heart of the European car industry and it is the toughest circuit in the world. To come here with a brand new car and for both of them to run almost trouble-free, in hot and challenging conditions is an achievement that we should be truly proud of.”