Jamie Chadwick creates history in MRF Challenge 2018-2019

Jamie Chadwick creates history in MRF Challenge 2018-2019

  • Becomes first female driver to win championship

Chennai, February 10: Jamie Chadwick from Bath, England, scripted history in the MRF Challenge by becoming the first female driver to annex the championship in seven seasons as she finished the third and final round of the international series with a triple crown, including two back-to-back wins, at the MMRT, here on Sunday.

Chadwick, 20, who had won three of the five races in the previous round in Bahrain, survived a long day and 58 laps, by winning two while Finland’s Patrick Pasma took the honours in the other as the MRF Challenge 2018-19 drew to a close.

While Chadwick ended the championship with 280 points, including two bonus points for the fastest lap in the last race, Belgium’s Max Defourny who came into the final round here with an 18-point advantage, failed to consolidate and ended up with 243 points. Pasma took the third spot in the championship with 186 points, ahead of German Andreas Estner (181).

An elated Chadwick said: “It (winning the championship) hasn’t sunk in yet. I would like to thank my team too and am happy that everything came together this weekend. In the last race, I made some mistakes which cost me a bit of the lead, but I quickly composed myself and made sure I won.
“I came into MRF Challenge for some experience and exposure, and not to win the championship. But after winning three races in Bahrain, I realised I was in with a chance and so went for it this weekend.”

Earlier, Pasma (Finland) had to work hard for his second win of the weekend in Race-3 which was briefly interrupted by a Safety Car period after Joshua Mason spun and blocked the track in the seventh lap. Pasma, starting from pole position, built up a comfortable, if not commanding lead, over Belgian Michelangelo Amendola before the pack bunched up behind the Safety Car. On re-strart, Pasma was harried all the way by Amendola, but managed to hang on and post his second win of the weekend. Finishing third behind Amendola was Swede Linus Lindqvist, the 2018 British F3 champion.
However, from the championship title perspective, the focus was on the battle between Chadwick and Defourny with the British youngster managing to finish ahead of the Belgian in fifth position. Defourny came in seventh which helped Chadwick to extend her lead by five points with two races remaining.

Chadwick expanded her championship lead over Defourny to 18 by winning Race-4 that was stopped and restarted following two incidents in the very first lap leading to retirement of three cars and the race distance reduced to 18 laps from scheduled 20. Chadwick had a fine start from P2 on the grid, moving past pole-sitter Jack Doohan (Australia) and then defended her position to chalk up her second win of the weekend. Defourny registered his best finish of the weekend by coming home fourth behind Chadwick, Amendola and Doohan.

In the final race of the championship, Chadwick was again off to a superb start, squeezing into the lead from third position, past pole-sitter Pasma and Defourny, even as the pack dived into Turn-1. With each lap, Chadwick increased her lead even as Defourny dropped down the order and eventually finished sixth. In the latter part of the race, Chadwick was closely pursued by Pasma and Amendola, but the British girl hung on to her advantage to chalk up her sixth win in 15 starts.

Karthik Tharani Singh Dominates Mrf 1600 Weekend at The MMRT – Round 2, Chennai

Mr. TT Varadarajan, Arjun Narendran, Siddharth TrivelloreKarthik Tharani Singh was in supreme form as he dominated proceedings at Round 2 of the MMSC-FMSCI Indian National Racing Championship in the MRF F1600 Championship. Karthik had the perfect weekend which included topping both practice sessions, qualifying on pole position, winning both races and also setting the fastest lap.

Karthik was fastest in all the practice sessions before qualifying on pole position with a lap of 1:41.886 and became the only driver to dip into the 41s all weekend. Behind him the battle was even closer with Arjun Narendran, Goutham Parekh and Siddharth Trivellore all separated by less than two tenths of a second in practice.

In Race 1,  Karthik had a good start to lead into the first corner. Behind him Narendran held off Parekh and Trivellore to keep 2nd place. Karthik pulled away from the pack as Narendran and Parekh got into a fierce battle. A mistake by Narendran helped Parekh get a run on him and pass him on the straight heading into Anands corner. Karthik took the chequered flag comfortably to win his first race of the season and also ensure that there are 3 different winners from the first 3 races. Parekh finished in 2nd place with Narendran in 3rd and Trivellore in 4th place. Actor Jai did a commendable job to finish in 6th position, his highest position in only his 3rd race.

In Race 2, Trivellore started on reverse grid pole alongside Narendran. He went into the lead with Narendran, Karthik and Parekh behind him. It was a thrilling battle for 6 laps with the top 4 being separated by 1.5 seconds. On lap 7 Narendran tried a move on Trivellore, sending both drivers wide. Karthik took the opportunity to pounce into the lead and pull away for another emphatic win. Behind him Narendran finished in 2nd place with Trivellore getting his first podium of the season after finishing 3rd.

Karthik Tharani SinghKarthik Tharani Singh was jubilant after having his best ever racing weekend. He commented, “It feels just fantastic to top all sessions in a race weekend. This is the first time I have done this in my single seater career. A big thank you to MRF for giving me such a great car. I have improved a lot over the year and feel I was driving really well. It was a very strategic race and I am happy that it has worked in my favour.”

Arjun Narendran was satisfied with two podium finishes this weekend. He commented, “Karthik has been quick all weekend so am happy to get two podium finishes. Both races were really close and involved some great racing. Siddharth (Trivellore) and I were having a great race but unfortunately we both ran wide letting Karthik through. The Championship is really close so look forward to the break before the next round.”

Karthik Tharani Singh has taken the lead in the Championship and sits on top with 80 points. Goutham parekh lies in 2nd place with 73 points with Arjun Narendran in 3rd place with 70 points.

MRF F1600 – Race 1

  • Karthik Tharani Singh
  • Goutham Parekh
  • Arjun Narendran
  • Siddharth Trivellore
  • Chetan Korada

MRF F1600 – Race 2

  • Karthik Tharani Singh
  • Arjun Narendran
  • Siddharth Trivellore
  • Goutham Parekh
  • Tejas Ram

MRF Formula 1600 Championship

The MRF F1600 continues to be the best singles seater series in India which provides young drivers the opportunity to develop as drivers. The winner of the championship gets a free round in the F3 style Indian based MRF Challenge, which features the MRF Formula 2000 car, and is raced internationally. Last year saw 4 Indians from the MRF FF1600 graduating to the MRF Challenge, with 2014 winner Tarun Reddy also winning in the first round in Qatar. This year will see Reddy graduating to Formula 4 while Advait Deodhar will be part of a shootout to stake a claim for an LMP2 seat.