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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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IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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