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Bri­tish GT4 cham­pion Jamie Chad­wick has com­pleted a sur­prise switch to race for Dou­ble R in the BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship this season.

Chad­wick be­came the youngest driver to win a Bri­tish GT ti­tle in 2015, af­ter clinch­ing the GT4 ti­tle in a Beechdean As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage along­side Ross Gunn aged 17 – also be­com­ing the first fe­male driver to claim a crown in the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship’s his­tory.

Part of the BRDC’S Ris­ing Stars pro­gramme, the teenager last year con­tested a part-cam­paign in GT4 as well as VLN races at the Nur­bur­gring, but has now agreed to race in Bri­tish F3 for Dou­ble R – which last year helped Matheus Leist to the cham­pi­onship – as part of a two-year de­vel­op­ment plan.

Chad­wick had pre­vi­ously tested with Lanan and HHC in Tatuus-Cos­worth F3 ma­chin­ery.

“Most peo­ple come straight out of Ginetta Ju­niors and into sin­gle­seaters, [but] I chose a bit of an un­con­ven­tional route by go­ing into GTS, which was a great move for me,” Chad­wick said. “When I was eval­u­at­ing it af­ter 2016, I wanted to de­velop my­self as much as pos­si­ble as a tech­ni­cal driver and some­one who can jump into any­thing.

“A lot of the skillsets re­quired to do that come from driv­ing sin­gle­seaters and the tech­ni­cal de­mands that come from that.

“We ap­proached Boyo [An­thony Hieatt, Dou­ble R team prin­ci­pal]; they were one of the teams on our list given their pedi­gree from last year and be­fore that. We had a con­ver­sa­tion and quickly it all fit­ted be­tween the par­ties in­volved.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough year – we’re look­ing at a two-year plan. It’s a big tran­si­tion and ac­tu­ally a step up from what I’ve been do­ing, so the aim is to learn as much as pos­si­ble. Hope­fully I can be in the top 10 as of­ten as pos­si­ble, but we’re not go­ing to put too much pres­sure on re­sults.”

Hieatt added: “Jamie’s achieve­ments in Bri­tish GT speak vol­umes and while the F3 car is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent an­i­mal to the As­ton Martin GT4 cars she has been rac­ing for the past cou­ple of years, she’s adapted to the driv­ing style very im­pres­sively.”

● Dou­ble R has also con­firmed karter Karl Mas­saad will join its Bri­tish F4 line-up for 2017. Lebanese Mas­saad, 18, has no pre­vi­ous car rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but has taken part in the two F4 pre-season tests at Oul­ton Park and Brands Hatch along­side 2017 team-mate Li­nus Lundqvist.

Harry Webb has been an­nounced as the first driver to have signed up for the new-for-2017 Ssangy­ong Rac­ing Chal­lenge.

Webb, a Ro­tax Max Euro­pean, Win­ter and Chal­lenge Grand Fi­nal ju­nior kart­ing cham­pion, has a year of ex­pe­ri­ence in car rac­ing, hav­ing com­peted in the 750 Mo­tor Club’s For­mula Vee Cham­pi­onship. He fin­ished sixth over­all in 2016 and high­est-placed rookie, with a best fin­ish of fourth.

The 19-year-old has now agreed to race one of the Ko­rando Pickup trucks for Team Walero in the Ssangy­ong Chal­lenge, and is the first driver to con­firm his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the se­ries.

“I am re­ally happy to be join­ing the Ssangy­ong Chal­lenge in part­ner­ship with Walero Base Lay­ers,” said Webb. “This chal­lenge is earn­ing its re­spect in the world of mo­tor­sport, and I am hon­oured to be in­volved.”

Webb has also as­sisted Richard­son Rac­ing with the shake­down of its Bri­tish F4 car, and drove for the out­fit dur­ing last Thurs­day’s F4 test at Brands Hatch.

Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Gary Hawkins

Chad­wick and team boss Hieatt (left)

Webb con­firmed Ko­rando plans

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