Reigning British GT4 champion Jamie Chadwick (U6, Ch) will be racing alongside the Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood, a newcomer to motorsport, in the British GT4 Championship. In 2015, Jamie became the first female and youngest ever driver to win a British GT title at just 17, before she had even passed her driving test! Jamie’s commitments to her A Levels and Paul’s TV appearances mean that the pair will first race together in Round 4 at Spa-Francorchamps in July, before going on to Snetterton in August and Donington Park in September, rather than racing the whole tournament.
Jamie commented, “You always want to be out in the car but my priorities lie elsewhere this year, at least until exams are over! Obviously there’s no chance to defend the title this year but I still feel incredibly motivated. Last season was about working partnership in which both drivers had the experience to win races. This time, I definitely feel a responsibility as the Pro in the line-up to bring Paul on and lead from the front. That sounds a little odd when you consider our respective ages but it’s a role I’m relishing and one that’s worked well so far.”
The celebrity chef, best known as one-half of the judging panel on BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, continues with the double title-winning Beechdean AMR after making his car racing debut in selected GT Cup and Britcar races last year. His exploits at the AMR Festival support race at Le Mans were also subject to a recent BBC documentary about Aston Martin. He commented, “Following my time in the GT4 last year, I am really excited to get behind the wheel and to be affiliated with a team like Beechdean who have dominated the sport over the last few years.
Reigning British GT3 champion and team owner Andrew Howard believes British GT was the perfect choice for Hollywood, commenting “It is great to have Paul back with us this year,” he said. “The progression he made last year was excellent and we look forward to him developing in one of the most competitive GT championships in the world.”