Ginetta Junior Winter Series runner-up Ollie Chadwick is set to return to the Ginetta Junior grid, after announcing plans to challenge for the 2013 Championship title with JHR Developments.
After bringing home two podium finishes during Ginetta’s Winter Series at Rockingham Motor Speedway last month, as well as his first Ginetta Junior win of 2012 at the same circuit earlier in the year, the Gloucestershire driver has more than established himself as one to watch in 2013.
With no less than seven top five finishes across the 2012 season, 16 year old Ollie Chadwick said; "It’s a brilliant Championship, and I really enjoyed the racing during 2012. However, we had a few disappointments, so I feel we have unfinished business.
“The return to a single ‘road tyre’ will significantly reduce costs, and having tested and raced on them in mixed conditions, they’re actually pretty good. Lap times will be a bit slower, but they’ll reward skilful driving. Hopefully we’ll get a big grid and some good close racing. And, with Jamie winning the Scholarship, it should be a really exciting season for the Team”.
Returning to the JHR Team, which backed him throughout 2012, Ollie will be joined by his younger sister and 2013 Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner, Jamie Chadwick on the grid, after she was awarded a fully-funded season in the Ginetta Junior Championship during their annual Scholarship programme, held at Bedford Autodrome earlier this year.
Looking forward to racing against her big brother, Jamie Chadwick added; “Obviously I watched the racing during 2012, so it’s unbelievable to think I’ll be competing myself next year. The G40 is superb to drive and a big step forward from karts. I still have lots to learn, so my aim will be steady progress, but seizing every opportunity I can. Beating Ollie is definitely one of my goals”.
Both Ollie and Jamie hope to undertake some winter testing with the Team in preparation for the season opener at Brands Hatch on 30 March 2013. Ollie will undergo a winter testing programme with the team in order to ensure he can hit the ground running when the season kicks off.
Steven Hunter, Team Principal of JHR Developments, said;“We are looking forward to backing Ollie in his championship bid for 2013. We have worked really well with Ollie over the past few years and there’s no doubt that the bond the team and driver have will help Ollie with his assault on the championship next season.”
With both Ollie and Jamie competing in the 2013 Championship, their father, Mike Chadwick, said; “Ollie and Jamie did relatively little karting, but both love driving the G40s, and we have to thank Chris Hodgetts for coaching their transition from karts to race cars. Ollie learnt a lot last year and is maturing into a much improved driver.
“Jamie is naturally more cautious, but hungry to build up her knowledge and skills. Watching them is going to be nerve wracking, but I’m confident the Team, Ginetta, the Officials and, of course, the drivers will ensure that we enjoy a first class season, with safe but exciting racing”.
As one of the UK’s premier junior race series, the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship is already receiving marked interest, with this latest announcement following on from HHC Motorsport’s confirmation of plans to run reigning Ginetta Junior Winter Series winner, Harry Woodhead along with team mate James Kellet for the 2013 season.