Last weekend saw history being made as Jamie Chadwick became the first woman to win a BRDC British F3 Championship race when she crossed the line at Brands Hatch.
The Douglas Motorsport driver made a strong start and although finished behind Pavan Ravishankar on the road, benefitted after the Singaporean driver was penalised for jumping the start. Chadwick spoke to TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk on the podium as she celebrated her first win since 2015.
“It’s a big weight off the shoulders.” she started. “It’s just nice to get the win. Obviously I want to be winning race one and three, rather than race two, but ultimately it’s just a massive relief, I’m so glad to get the result.”
It proved to be a big day for big day for women in motorsport as a few hours later, Flick Haigh would win the British GT race on the same track. Chadwick though, knew what her result meant for the sport.
“It’s totally possible [to win] and that’s what I want to prove. Sometimes I have a bad day and I’m not up at the front, but I know when I’m having a good day, there’s absolutely no reason I’m not as competitive as everyone else.
“So, for me as a female, it’s just about proving it’s possible and hopefully the win proves that.”
Chadwick had attempted to make it past race leader Ravishankar, who had started alongside her on the grid, but after a safety car bunched the field up, she knew simply keeping her nose clean was important as Krishnaraaj Mahadik hunted her down in the closing laps.
“I knew he had the penalty early on because it was quite an obvious jump-start,” Chadwick continued. “I was pushing as I still wanted to get past and win it on the road. But after the safety car, we had a big gap behind, I knew we just had to bring it home.”
She would claim to still be struggling with car issues after only managing to finish twelfth in the opening race, as the win promotes her up to eighth in the standings on 204 points.