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Chadwick Becomes First Female BRDC F3 Winner at Brands

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A maiden BRDC British F3 Championship win for Jamie Chadwick was guaranteed after Singaporean driver Pavan Ravishankar jumped the start at Brands Hatch GP.

The result was notable not just for Chadwick, but also for the championship, with  the Douglas Motorsport driver becoming the first female to win a BRDC F3 round.

From third on the grid, it was an incredible getaway for Ravishankar. He was leading before the first corner, but as it turned out his advantage was largely due to jumping the start.

He led on the road, but eyes would soon turn to Chadwick who’d inherited the effective lead after an equally impressive start from fourth. A safety car was called on the second lap for Ben Hurst, who became stuck in the gravel at Clark curve.

Krishnaraaj Mahadik had been sixth on the restart, but was quick to work his way up to fourth, disposing of Arvin Esmaeili a lap later. Unfortunately for him, the time he’d wasted working his way through the order meant that Chadwick was already a two seconds up the road and too far the Indian to pass.

Chadwick would be caught by the chasing Mahadik and Kush Maini, who was rueing a poor restart in which he dropped behind his Indian compatriot, though neither could pass Jamie who returns to the podium for the first time since Oulton Park.

Fourth would go to Sasakorn Chaimongkol, becoming the only Hillspeed car to gain a place over the race. Esmaeili would eventually fall to fifth though still recorded his best result of the year after holding off the advancing Josuf Owega.

Rounding out the top ten would be Manuel Maldonado, multiple race winner, Tom Gamble, Nicolai Kjaergaard from the penultimate row of the grid with Pavan Ravishankar‘s penalty putting him tenth.

Further back, race one winner Jamie Caroline decided to park it in the pits after not making progress and failing to set a faster time due to the hotter conditions.

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