British F3 - Jamie Chadwick creates more history with MRF Challenge title

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Jamie Chadwick creates more history with MRF Challenge title

Jamie Chadwick creates more history with MRF Challenge title

Monday 11 February 2019

BRDC British F3 race winner added more history to her racing CV by becoming the first female champion of the MRF Challenge category in India over the weekend (9-10 February). 

The Brit, the first woman to win a British F3 race, arrived at the season finale at Chennai 18 points adrift of former Douglas Motorsport team mate Max Defourny, but quickly overturned the points gap in the first two races by claiming fifth and a victory.

She claimed another fifth place finish in Sunday's first contest which gave her a front row starting position for the penultimate event, which she won after overtaking the pole sitter at turn one, and then claimed her sixth win in nine races in the final contest, from which she battled from third on the grid to claim the deciding victory, claiming the title by 37 points from Defourny.

Across the 15 race series, Chadwick claimed six wins and three additional podiums, adding the title to her British GT4 crown back in 2015. Speaking to overdrive.in, Chadwick commented: "It [winning the championship] hasn't sunk in yet. I would like to thank my team too and am happy that everything came together this weekend. In the last race, I made some mistakes which cost me a bit of the lead, but I quickly composed myself and made sure I won.

"I came into MRF Challenge for some experience and exposure, and not to win the championship. But after winning three races in Bahrain, I realised I was in with a chance and so went for it this weekend."

Defourny, who competed in two BRDC British F3 rounds in 2018 was forced to settle for second in the MRF Challenge standings. 

Other BRDC British F3 representatives included 2018 champion Linus Lundqvist, who made a guest appearance for the final five races, taking a best result of third in a weekend blighted by technical issues, while Josh Mason, confirmed on the F3 grid again in 2019, continued his racing development with a string of top-10 finishes across the series. 

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