After a season out of a full championship campaign, upcoming British star Jamie Chadwick will return to full-time racing in the BRDC British F3 Championship. In doing so, she’ll become the youngest female driver to enter the series when she steps into the Double R Racing seat in April.
Chadwick has already one professional title under her belt, collecting British GT‘s GT4 title back in 2015 alongside former BRDC series graduate Ross Gunn.
She’d started her career in Ginetta Juniors, finishing eighth in the overall standings with five podiums and winning the scholarship prize. Since then she became the youngest winner of a 24-Hour Race when she collected the honours at the Britcar 24H at Silverstone.
Chadwick said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be racing with Double R in British F3 this year. Whilst there were options to pursue the GT route, there is no doubt about the value of a top-level single-seater series to further develop my technical ability and credentials as a racing driver.
“It will be a fascinating learning curve and we have set out a two-year programme for me to establish myself and make my mark in the series. I’m also hoping to compete in a few GT events this year, but my main focus will be Formula 3. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’d especially like to thank Tom Gaymor, Anthony Hieatt and everyone else who has assisted me with this decision.”
Last year Double R Racing collected the driver’s title thanks to a consistent drive from Matheus Leist, who inherited the spoils in a dramatic final round.
Anthony Hieatt, Team Principal of Double R Racing, commented: “We’re all absolutely elated to have signed a deal with Jamie for British F3 this year, she’s a fantastic talent, an extremely quick and professional driver, and has a very mature head on her young shoulders.
“Jamie’s achievements in British GT speak volumes and while the F3 car is an entirely different animal to the Aston Martin GT cars she has been racing the past couple of years, she’s adapted to the driving style very impressively. Last season was spectacular for Double R, winning the championship with Matheus Leist, and we’re hoping to make 2017 just as memorable.”
She becomes the ninth driver to enter the series so far, though won’t be far from her original hunting ground as F3 supports the British GT Championship.