We recently caught up with 19-year-old racing sensation, Jamie Chadwick – the youngest winner of the British GT Championship.

We’re thrilled that she’s chosen to feature Lepra on her racing car this season! 

When did you first become interested in racing?

I got into motorsport almost by accident, at the relatively late age of 11. My brother, Ollie, was racing karts and my dad suggested I have a go. I immediately loved it – the excitement at the circuits, the sensation of speed, the racing – and I also enjoyed the technical side.

What made you want to pursue it as a career?

It was when I won the prestigious 2013 Ginetta Junior Scholarship, at the age of 14, that I started to see the bigger picture and that a career as a racing driver could be possible.

What do you think has motivated more female drivers to take to the tracks? Given that driving has historically been a male dominated sport.

For me personally, I really don’t think about it. I just get on with the job that needs doing. However, I am aware that some people will judge me by my gender. I want to show that given the opportunity and support, girls can match, and even beat, the boys in racing.

What advice would you give to anybody wishing to take up motorsport?

Enjoy it! People race at different levels, sometimes with limited budgets and often experiencing highs and lows. But the priority is to do your best, enjoy the good times and make lots of friends.

We see you are showing support for Lepra on your car?

Yes, my Mum has been a long-standing supporter of this important charity for a long time and it’s very sad to see so many people still suffering from leprosy. So, of course, anything we can do to help raise awareness, the better.

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