Jamie Chadwick has emerged victorious in the annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship this week, earning herself a fully funded season in the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship, worth over £40,000.
14 year old Jamie, sister of Ginetta Junior race-winner Oliver Chadwick, fought off competition from over 60 other youngsters at Bedford Autodrome to secure the prize, joining Sennan Fielding and Oliver-Basey Fisher on the scholarship winners list.
The scholarship week saw all 60+ drivers go through the initial ‘qualification round’ of on-track, media and fitness assessments, with 23 drivers making it through to the final day. 13 were cut before lunch on the last day, leaving the final ten to battle it out.
Chadwick made it through to the final four and in tricky wet conditions, she produced a superb performance in the final track session to be declared the winner, overcoming eventual runner-up, Spaniard Mikel Azcona, last year’s runner-up Jack Rawles and karting star Ben Hingeley.
“I am absolutely over the moon,” she said. “The Ginetta Junior Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for young drivers and I am really pleased to have won. It’s been a great experience and I knew that if I hadn’t won, I would have left extremely happy to have been able to make it as far as the final. The standard has been so high and I didn’t expect this. To see drivers travel from Sweden and Spain to compete for the drive shows just how popular the series is.”
“Jamie came to Bedford with previous on-and-off track knowledge of the Ginetta Junior Championship, but she continued to absorb the information and advice bestowed upon her, which saw her make continued improvement, setting her apart as a very deserving winner. I am sure she will give the boys a run for their money,” added Simon Finnis, General Manager of Ginetta.