After an excellent 2015 season where Jamie Chadwick was crowned British GT4 Champion alongside Ross Gunn, expectations were high heading into 2016. Despite not returning to defend her crown on a full-time basis, Jamie drove a partial British GT schedule alongside the Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood. In addition to her British GT commitments, Jamie has enjoyed s number of fantastic racing experiences including driving the Aston Martin Vulcan and competing on the legendary Nordschleife. Chadwick has also tested the BRDC British F3 car, impressing on her first test session to demonstrate her versatility as a driver.
Throughout the 2015 season, Jamie broke a number of records in British Motorsport courtesy of her fantastic achievements with Beechdean Motorsports in the British GT Championship where she drove the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to the title alongside Ross Gunn with one round to spare. In doing so, Chadwick became the first female driver to claim the title and was the youngest champion at the time at just seventeen years of age. Her year was rounded off with an unforgettable trip to Bahrain with the Aston Martin Evolution Academy where she drove the Aston Martin GT3 machine around the Sakhir circuit.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Jamie’s year came at Silverstone where she became the first female and youngest person to drive the incredible Aston Martin Vulcan. The track-only machine comes with a 7.0 Litre V12 engine and 800bhp which makes it the most powerful Aston Martin ever made. With only 24 Vulcan’s ever made, this was a once in a lifetime experience for Chadwick who was able to complete multiple laps round the home of British Motorsport, breaking further records in the process.
Returning for a partial schedule in the British GT Championship was always going to come with great expectations following Jamie’s title winning year in 2015. Partnering the Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood, Chadwick competed for Beechdean Motorsport from Spa-Francorchamps onwards as she targeted strong finishes alongside her rookie co-driver. Driving as the ‘Pro’ driver as opposed to the ‘Am’ was always going to bring extra pressure as Jamie would share the track with seasoned professionals. Nevertheless, she did an outstanding job despite her limited track time during the season, regularly setting top-5 lap times and enabling the pairing to score a superb points finish at Snetterton, a track which holds good memories for Chadwick after claiming the title at the Norfolk track last year.
In addition to races in the British GT Championship, Jamie also competed in a number of VLN races at the legendary Nordschleife in Germany. By taking part in a series of events, Chadwick upgraded her license to a Nordschleife Grade A permit which now means she can compete in any race held at the legendary Nurburgring track. Driving in these series of endurance races was a fantastic experience for Jamie with over 100 cars of different classes on track at any one time, ensuring a high level of concentration was required throughout the event. This gives Chadwick a superb base to forge a long and successful career in GT Racing with the teenager now eligible to compete in the Nurburgring 24 hour race, one of the highlights in the whole motorsport calendar.
Jamie’s options are open for the future but she will aim to utilise her connections with Aston Martin to race one of their legendary cars in 2017. A move into GT3 could be on the cards following successful test sessions over the past couple of years, with British GT being the most likely destination. However, remaining in GT4 while partnering Paul Hollywood could prove to be a smart move whilst the class thrives with record entries a range of new manufacturers. Whatever the path Chadwick takes, she will aim to emulate the success of previous years and continue to assert herself as one of the most successful young female British drivers.
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