Williams test driver and W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is the first driver to be confirmed for Veloce Racing’s Extreme E campaign.
Chadwick joined the Drivers’ Programme back in September 2019, and has run with NIO in various in-season Formula E tests.
The 22-year-old has experience winning titles in both sports cars and single seater championships, but will make her off-roading debut in the inaugural Extreme E season.
“I am proud to be driving for Veloce Racing in such a revolutionary championship as Extreme E,” Chadwick said. “I have been involved with Veloce for a very long time, and they are like a family to me, so I am incredibly honoured to be their female driver for what is such an exciting and important race series.
“Climate change is something that affects us all, so I’m really keen to start doing my part to fight it. I can safely say that testing the car was one of the best and most fun experienced I have had in my career so far.
“I can’t wait to get out to the amazing venues where we’ll be racing next year. These are some of the most beautiful and endangered locations on our planet. Both on and off-track, it promises to be an incredibly rewarding journey.”
Chadwick got her first test in the Odyssey 21 in France last week in Veloce’s shakedown test. Veloce team manager Ian Davies described the test as “encouraging”.
“Her first test in the Odyssey 21 during our shakedown in France last week was a very positive and encouraging start,” he said. “Her experience in single-seater and GT competition was invaluable to the early development of our car – from quick driver changes to initial and mid-corner turn-in – and she has significant input into our engineering refinements.
“Jamie would be the first to acknowledge that off-roading is completely new to her, but she is a fast learner and she listened carefully to everything we had to say, worked well with the engineers, took it all on-board and – most importantly – got quicker and quicker with every run.
“We are all very excited to see what she can achieve when we go racing next year.”
Veloce is yet to confirm Chadwick’s team-mate, who will be a male driver. Chadwick is the sixth driver to be announced for the inaugural season, with Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti already confirming their full line-ups, while Abt has announced Mattias Ekstrom.
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