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Jamie Chadwick becomes first woman to win in British F3

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British driver Jamie Chadwick became the first woman to win a race in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship on Sunday, taking the win in the second race of the weekend at the famous Brands Hatch circuit.

The 20-year-old Chadwick actually took the checkered flag in second behind Pavan Ravishankar, but Ravishankar received a penalty for having made a false start when the race began. He never served it during the race, and was handed 10-second time penalty afterward.

The penalty elevated Chadwick, who tailed Ravishankar throughout, to the victory.

“It’s a big weight off my shoulders I think, and something I’ve been chasing for a long time now,” Chadwick said afterward. So to finally get it here at Brands Hatch, which is a good circuit one that I’ve always racing at – to get my first win and get it here is just an amazing feeling.”

Video of her post-race interview is below.

The current version of what is now called BRDC British Formula 3, formerly the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, took over the British F3 moniker in 2016 – the champion that year was Matheus Leist, driver of the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for A.J. Foyt Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

However, a number of notable drivers have graduated from British F3 championships. Such names include current IndyCar drivers Takuma Sato and Jordan King, and current Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo. Other notable British F3 champions include former F1 star Rubens Barrichello, Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran, two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen, and three-time F1 champions Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.

A full report on the race can be found on the BRDC British F3 website.

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Hunter McElrea wins Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship

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Hunter McElrea bested 18 competitors to win the third annual Road to Indy USF2000 $200,000 Scholarship Shootout on Sunday at Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz.

The two-day contest featured on-track competition in Formula Mazda cars as well as interview sessions and assessment from a panel of judges.

“I can’t believe it,” McElrea said at IndyCar.com. “This is definitely the most exciting opportunity that I have had in my racing career. I cannot thank Mazda and everyone enough for making this possible for me. The fact that I am going to be on the grid next year thanks to them is a dream come true.

“They have given me the opportunity to prove myself in such a high level that I never even thought I would be able to reach. I have to thank Andersen Promotions, Cooper tires, all of the judges, everyone from Mazda, the Bondurant Racing School and the other competitors, who literally pushed me to the limit.

“I am just so happy. It is still sinking in, but I just can’t wait to get next year started, and I’ll be representing Mazda in that nice Soul Red USF2000 car.”

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The 19-year-old McElrea was born in California, but reared in Australia.

As a result of winning the award, McElrea will compete in the 2019 season of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder.

McElrea won the Australian Formula Ford Championship this year on the strength of 13 victories in 21 races.

Early competition resulted in a final field of six drivers that included Jake Craig, Michael Eastwell, Braden Eves, Flinn Lazier and Ross Martin. They competed in a qualification session and 30-minute simulated race. McElrea won that race.

“Today was an incredible day,” said Tom Long, Mazda Motorsports factory driver and one of the judges. “There was so much talent here for the shootout. Hunter McElrea just rose to the top when it was time to shine, but our decision was very, very difficult.

“In the end, given all of the circumstances, we were able to make a pretty good decision and we are really, really proud of not only Hunter but our whole team here with Mazda to be able to grant this $200,000 scholarship for his opportunity in USF2000 next year.”