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History makers Haigh and Chadwick look to add to success stories at Donington

Thursday, September 13 2018

The 2018 motorsport season has been a momentous one for female success stories, with trailblazers Flick Haigh and Jamie Chadwick among those set to compete at Donington Park on 22-23 September.

Haigh currently leads the British GT Championship standings with her co-driver Jonny Adam. She has already broken records this season, becoming the first woman in the series to claim a pole position and an overall win with victory in the first race of the year at Oulton Park.

Since then, Haigh and Adam have been key figures at the top of the standings, and head to Donington with a lead of 27.5 points over their nearest rivals, after winning again last time out at Brands Hatch. With 37.5 points on offer for the race winner, it is a serious advantage to hold going into the final round, and Haigh could end the weekend as the first female to win the main British GT GT3 title, needing only to finish sixth in the race to secure the title.

"There's added pressure heading to Donington as you feel like you've got all the work to do, but I'm looking forward to it," she comments.

"There is pressure that I put on myself as well as feeling it from other people, but I'm just going to treat it like any other race weekend and hopefully we will get it done, but who knows what will happen."

She's right to be cautious, with previous British GT deciders at Donington throwing up all sorts of surprise winners and champions almost out of nowhere. But for Haigh, a graduate from Caterham and sports car racing, her first year in one of the world's top GT championships couldn't have gone much better.

"If someone had said at the start of the season that I'd be leading the series heading into the final round, I wouldn't have believed it. This was supposed to be a learning year for me, but Jonny has done a great job and the team has done a great job and they have got my driving up to a standard that's allowed us to be in this position, so I'm very grateful to them."

In the supporting BRDC British F3 Championship, Jamie Chadwick, the British GT4 champion in 2015, is another to have made history this season, becoming the first female to win a race in the long history of Britain's most prestigious single-seater category, with a victory last time out at Brands Hatch.

"The win at Brands has just about sunk in, we're getting there," the 20-year-old comments, "but with two rounds to go, our focus is on the championship and not getting too far ahead of ourselves. It's a good feeling and gives us the confidence going into the last two events."

It's been a decent year for Chadwick, with the 20-year-old having also taken an additional podium and numerous top-10 finishes. Her win at Brands Hatch sprung her into the limelight, and she's had a busy few weeks with national TV appearances and a whirlwind of publicity.

"I've been really surprised to be honest, I didn't realise it was going to kick off as much as it did, but it's been an exciting time. I think it shows how important it is to be getting the results; it's a performance business and for me I need to keep trying to get results like that and it keeps me motivated if nothing else.

She's now aiming for a repeat showing at Donington, the circuit where she clinched the British GT4 title in 2015. "I've always gone well at Donington, and my confidence is now a bit higher, the morale in the team is high, so fingers crossed we can push for some more good results and possibly another win."

Tickets for the British GT Championship decider at Donington Park on 22-23 September, featuring the BRDC British F3 Championship are available in advance, priced from £20, with free entry for children aged under-13. For more information or to book, click here.