Donington Podiums For Ollie Chadwick, As Jamie Continues Learning Curve


Ollie and Jamie Chadwick continued to impress during the latest rounds of the Ginetta Junior Championship at Donington Park.

Running with JHR Developments, Ollie showcased his championship potential with a pair of podium finishes, while Jamie was once again one of the top performing rookies on the grid.

In Round Three on Saturday, Ollie and pole-man Harry Woodhead pulled away from the field in an entertaining two-car tussle for the lead. Despite his best efforts, Ollie was unable to find a way past and had to settle for second place.

Sunday’s Round Four wasn’t as straight-forward for the third-year driver, with slight contact whilst challenging for the lead on lap two causing him to run wide and drop back to ninth. A determined drive saw him fight back through the field, finishing up third at the flag, making it around forty overtakes for him in the first four rounds.

“We achieved a safe result in race one,” said Ollie. “We had a really close tussle with Harry (Woodhead) and we were miles ahead of the rest. Donington is a difficult circuit to pass when you’ve got similar pace and, although I felt I had the upper hand, I decided not to take any risks.

“It wasn’t the result I had hoped for in race two. In the closing stages I thought I had second when I was hit from behind, pushing both me and Will (Palmer) wide at the chicane, and I just lost second place on the run to the flag. Third place isn’t a bad result when you consider how the race panned out.”

2013 Ginetta Scholarship winner Jamie meanwhile continued to show her immense potential in the first race, with some great racing in the mid-pack producing a sixth place finish at the flag.

The second race began in fantastic fashion for the 14 year old, with a promising climb through the field seeing her reach a peak of fourth, before a coming together with Keith Donegan late on dropped her to an eleventh place finish.

“Obviously I would have liked to have finished better in the first race,” added Jamie. “But the racing is so close and, while I felt I was quicker than some of those ahead of me, I was unable to find a way through. 6th place is okay.

“I felt I raced well in race two, holding off pressure and making up places in a tight field. It was disappointing that the incident at Redgate dropped me back, but everything I do is part of the learning curve and that’s racing.”

Ollie now lies second in the championship standings, with Jamie sitting in sixth place.