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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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IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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