Brit Jamie Chadwick becomes first woman to win MRF Challenge

Jamie Chadwick, one of the hottest young talents in British racing, has made history throughout her career, and has continued that trend by winning the MRF Challenge International Series. 
The 20-year-old became the first woman to win the coveted prize after an incredible performance in Chennai, India, on February 10. 
She achieved six victories in the 15 race championship, and came back from a large deficit to win in style at the final event. 
The MRF Challenge started at the Dubai Autodrome in November, where Chadwick ended second in the championship standings, 28 points behind Formula Renault driver Max Defourney. 
Chadwick then achieved three wins at the Bahrain GP Circuit in December to reduce the gap, although she was still 18 points behind.
However, in Round 3 in Chennai, Chadwick managed two fifth places and three all-important victories, including a fastest lap, to get 97 points and overtake Defourney by 37 points to claim the title. 
'I'm absolutely delighted. It was hard work, and very physical, especially in this 35C heat, but worth all the effort,' Chadwick said after the final race.  
'We entered the series quite late, mainly to get some winter training and race fitness, prior to the 2019 season. Some notable names have done MRF in the past and it fitted into my schedule. 
'Of course, as soon as you get in the car you want to win races, but there were some good drivers this year, especially Max [Defourney] and he left Dubai with a formidable lead, so I knew I would have to dig deep and every race and every point would count. But we got there in the end.
'Huge thanks, of course, to my team, the organisers, Veloce Sports [my managers], my sponsors Aldermore Bank and Bloc Hotels, and all the local support I have enjoyed at each venue. It's been awesome.'
Chadwick earned £25,000 for winning the MRF Challenge, which has previously featured high profile drivers such as European F3 Champion Mick Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael, and IndyCar racer Pietro Fittipaldi. 
The cars in the race series are equivalent to Formula 3, with the chassis designed by Dallara, powered by a 2-litre 210bhp Renault engine, built by Jayem Automotives (Coimatore), and mated to a sequential six-speed gearbox.
Jamie Chadwick began racing at the age of 12 in local club karting, and she won the Ginetta Junior Scholarship at the age of 14. 
In 2015, Chadwick stepped up to senior GT/Endurance racing in the British GT4 Championship, and co-won the title in the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage with Ross Gunn.
She became not only the first woman to win a British GT title, but also the youngest driver ever to do so at 16. In the same year, Chadwick became the first female driver to be part of the Silverstone 24 Hour winning team. 
Last year, Chadwick became the first woman to win a Formula 3 race, doing so at Brands Hatch, and she also has a lot planned for 2019. 
Chadwick plans to enter the Womens' Series, a new race series taking place in Spain in March. She is in the final 28 of the selection process. 
She is also contracted to work with Aston Martin again in 2019, she has been working with Formula E team NIO, and her management company Veloce has teamed with Alonso eSport Team. 

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