Chadwicks Underwhelmed With Silverstone ‘Anti-Climax’

Ollie and Jamie Chadwick were once again left frustrated by their results following an anti-climatic weekend in the Ginetta Junior Championship at Silverstone.

The weekend had started positively for the sibling team-mates, the JHR Developments duo following up strong free practice pace with strong runs in qualifying, Ollie starring to put himself first and second on the grid for Sunday’s races, Jamie securing two more top ten starts.

Ollie led the start of the opening race, however contact from a rival sent him wide and dropped him to fourth. He held the place until the final lap when an incident with Will Palmer dropped Chadwick to fifth at the flag and Palmer down to eleventh.

With Ollie penalised for the incident, he would start the second race from fifth. In another hard-fought contest, Ollie set the fastest lap of the race en-route to a fourth place finish.

“Today was an anti-climax, as we had the pace on Friday and Saturday,” said Ollie. “It’s really difficult to pull away at Silverstone because slipstreaming is so effective. Finishing fifth was very disappointing. We struggled a bit in Race 2 and, although I felt I had good pace, I couldn’t find a safe opportunity to make the crucial passes.”

Jamie meanwhile stayed in touch with the lead battle during the opening stages of the first race, going on to finish where she started in eighth. The 15 year old lost ground early in race two and struggled to make an effective recovery, with an unfortunate final-lap incident leading to a finish of fourteenth.

“In both races my performance dropped off after the first few laps, which is something I’ve encountered since Oulton Park,” said Jamie. “Fortunately, we have at last been able to identify the likely cause and the team are confident that it can be solved. So, whilst I’m disappointed with the weekend’s results, at least I know it wasn’t my fault and my car should be sorted for Brands Hatch”