Reigning W Series champion Jamie Chadwick has underlined her credentials as being one of the most talented drivers around after making the final shortlist for the prestigious Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award.
Chadwick, who has reigned supreme once again in the W Series and should wrap up her third title in Singapore barring minor miracles, is one of four drivers including F3’s Ollie Bearman, GB3 championship leader Luke Browning and Indy Pro 2000 champion Louis Foster in line for the award.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” Chadwick is quoted on the official WilliamsF1 website. “It’s something all the drivers hope for and if you’ve had a good year you know there’s a chance, but it’s so hard to know because of all the good drivers out there.”
It isn’t just a case of a panel of industry experts selecting the winner, as all four finalists must take part in a series of fitness and simulator elements before a gruelling two-day test at Silverstone.
The prize at the end of it for the winner includes a cheque for £200,000 cheque, full British Racing Drivers’ Club membership and a prized Formula One test for which Chadwick is no stranger.
Long mooted as a potential F3, F2 and even F1 driver, Chadwick’s career has also seen her run as development driver for the Williams team as well as driving in the groundbreaking Extreme E Series and testing for both Jaguar and NIO in FIA Formula 3.
— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) September 15, 2022
“I’ve developed a lot since I was last nominated, and thanks to my role within the Williams Academy, I feel well prepared to give it my best shot this year,” added Chadwick. “It’ll be an intense few days but I’m excited for the opportunity!”
As part of the Williams Driver Academy, Chadwick will be hoping to emulate 2021 winner Zak O’Sullivan as well as join a list of previous Williams alumni including George Russell, David Coulthard, and current Brand Ambassador Jenson Button.
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