Jamie Chadwicks final 2013 Ginetta Junior weekend

Jamie Chadwick (photo by Marc Waller)Jamie Chadwick headed to the Ginetta junior finale at Brands Hatch last weekend with the aim of finishing her debut season in car racing on a high.

Things hadn’t gone so well recently with problems and cars knocking her off but throughout it all Jamie had remained positive. Now hopefully she could turn her bad luck around. Her best result up to the final weekend had been her Rookie cup win at Knockhill, Could she improve on that?

Things went well during testing on Friday when she was up with the front runners all day. Then on Saturday’s practice session she took an excellent third. Things were looking very positive.

Jamie Chadwick (photo by Marc Waller)She ended up taking seventh on the grid after qualifying, lower than shehad hoped but still in position to get a great result. She got a good start in Saturday’s race, initially holding sixth place. The racing was very close and Jamie was racing in the lead pack. By the chequered flag she had fallen back to seventh place but it was a positive result.

Sunday’s race was wet but Jamie felt comfortable in the conditions and was soon climbing up the order by around half distance she had climbed up to fifth place but as has so often been the case for Jamie in 2013 disaster struck.

Will Palmer tried a hopelessly optimistic pass up the inside at Sheene but he made contact with Jamie sending both cars spinning off the track into the gravel and retirement.

It was a disappointing ending to Jamie’s season through no fault of her own, particularly when she looked on for a good result. Despite disappointment once again through no fault of her own, Jamie was positive on how her season had gone; “My first full year in car racing did not end as I would have hoped.

It has been a difficult season at times, but also a great experience, with a lot of lessons learnt and some excellent preparation for 2014. I felt comfortable at Brands Hatch and, in both races, felt I could have been in contention for top four finishes. I’ll take the positives and build on them for next season.”

Her Brother Ollie had a much better weekend winning both races. Jamie will be looking to take over his car next season as he moves on from the championship. If she can build on this season and avoid the bad luck that has plagued her season, Jamie could be one of the favourites for the title in 2014.  By Marc Waller

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