Jamie Chadwick continued her dominant form, alongside team mate Ross Gunn, in the fifth round of the British GT4 Championship in Belgium this weekend. Following consecutive wins in the last two races at Rockingham and Silverstone, their debut race at the 7km Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix circuit was seen as a challenging test of their championship credentials. To make matters more demanding, their championship-leading car has had to carry 40kg of success ballast – a real disadvantage but a fair application of the rules to make the racing closer.
A clean start saw Jamie hold second, in a group of three, led by the ISSY Racing Lotus Evora, but under pressure from the Century Ginetta G55. The Lotus eventually pulled away while Jamie withstood the challenges from the Ginetta, gradually opening up a gap from which she was never again threatened. Jamie pitted, after one hour in the gruelling heat, while still in a commanding second place, handing the Aston Martin over to co-driver Ross to complete the final hour and seal the result.
It was another extraordinarily accomplished performance against 15 other older and more experienced drivers. Finishing in a highly commendable second place sees them maintain their title-leading position. An ebullient Jamie commented after the race: “I can’t tell you how excited I was to be here at Spa, with it’s amazing setting and history, and the reality of racing the Aston through these famous curves and hills was incredible. The race went pretty much to plan, but the temperatures in the car were the hottest I've ever endured, with no cooling of fluids, so racing on the limit for an hour really focused concentration".