- Inaugural W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick to get behind the wheel of Veloce’s ODYSSEY 21
- Team ramps up preparations for maiden season of Extreme E
- 22-year-old ‘quietly confident’ about transition to off-road racing
Veloce Racing is proud to confirm Williams F1 development driver and inaugural W Series Champion Jamie Chadwick as its female driver for the first season of ground-breaking, electric off-road championship Extreme E.
One of the UK’s brightest young drivers, Chadwick brings a wealth of experience to the table with multiple championships to her name. After taking her first steps on track in the Ginetta Junior Championship, she made a spectacular breakthrough by winning the 2015 British GT Championship in the GT4 class. She moved to the British Formula 3 Championship in 2017, making strides as she learned the ropes of open-wheel racing.
In 2019, Chadwick cruised to the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 title with six wins and went on to become the first-ever W Series champion with two more wins and five podium finishes out of six races. making her the perfect ambassador for one of Veloce and Extreme E’s core values – gender equality. Currently, with the backing of Rodin Cars, Jamie is competing in the Formula Regional European Championship with the Prema Powerteam.
The pioneering E-SUV series will mark an altogether new challenge for Chadwick, representing as it will her competitive off-road debut. In preparation for this, the 22-year-old spent last week driving the ODYSSEY 21 at Fontjoncouse in southern France, with further seat time scheduled during a group test at MotorLand Arágon in Spain in December.
Jamie Chadwick, W Series Champion and Veloce Racing driver, commented:
“I’m so excited to be joining such a pioneering championship as Extreme E! Climate change is something that affects us all, so I’m really keen to start doing my part to fight it – and this is a truly fun and innovative way to get involved. As a new and dynamic team, Veloce Racing seemed like a natural fit and its core values align very well with my own.
“Although I clearly still have much more experience to acquire in the discipline, I am quietly confident about transitioning to off-road racing. I can safely say that testing the car was one of the best and most fun experiences I have had in my career thus far. I am confident I can adapt to the surfaces we’ll be racing on, and hopefully I’ll be able to make some further adjustments in Spain next month to get me even more comfortable behind the wheel.
“I can’t wait to get out to the amazing venues where we’ll be racing next year, and to participate in Extreme E’s Legacy Projects. These are some of the most beautiful and endangered locations on our planet, and it’s vital that we shine a spotlight on the issues facing them to truly raise awareness about what is going on and what we need to do. Both on and off-track, it promises to be an incredibly rewarding journey.”
Ian Davies, Veloce Racing Team Manager, added:
“We are delighted to have Jamie on-board at Veloce for the first season of Extreme E. She is a very quick, talented and committed young driver, with a pedigree that quite frankly speaks for itself. Having won titles in both sportscars and single-seaters, there is no reason at all why she shouldn’t transfer those skills and win in Extreme E, in what promises to be a very high-calibre field.
“Her first test in the ODYSSEY 21 during our shakedown in France last week was a very positive and encouraging start. Jamie would be the first to acknowledge that off-road driving is completely new to her, but she is a fast learner and during the test, she listened carefully to everything we told her, worked well with the engineers, took everything on-board and got quicker and quicker with every run.
“With further running planned in Spain, I am sure she will soon be up-to-speed and we are all very excited to see what she can achieve when we go racing next year.”
Chadwick and her yet to be confirmed male team-mate will get behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 for the entirety of the 2021 Extreme E championship, commencing on 20 March in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia.