Jamie Chadwick back to the top-5 in Austrian Race 3
After gearbox issues, a challenging couple of races and a crash, Jamie Chadwick left the Austrian Red Bull Ring with a fifth place in the final race of the weekend that brings back the British Prema driver to the right direction for the upcoming rounds.
After a weekend marked by gearbox problems for Jamie Chadwick, the final Austrian race at the Red Bull Ring was a bit of a redemption for the inaugural W Series champion, as she set her Rodin-sponsored Tatuus T318 in fifth place in another Prema-dominated race.
The first lap was in fact defined by the battle between the three Prema boys - Gianluca Petecof, Oliver Rasmussen and Arthur Leclerc. Petecof went off track at the end of the first corner, but he held the pressure up to the teammates in front, squeezing through and going for the wider line at Turn 3 to keep the lead from both Rasmussen and Leclerc.
The Safety Car was deployed after Emidio Pesce (DR Formula RP Motorsport) and Nico Göhler (KIC Motorsport) tangled wheels in the midfield and the rookie German racer got stuck in the gravel.
But the incident wasn't the only Safety Car interruption of the 30-minute race, as the pace car returned to lead the field after KIC Motorsport's teammate Konsta Lappalainen went off and his F3 car got stranded on track.
Just like the previous restart, Petecof had no problems to pull away; behind him, his teammates had a more heated fight, but as Rasmussed couldn't find a way through and pass Leclerc, the Dane remained in third place behind his two colleagues.
Some more good action was presented by Andrea Cola (Monolite Racing) and Gillian Henrion (Gillian Track Events), who had endured a black weekend up until that point. The Frenchman ended his unlucky streak with an eighth place, while Cola dropped back to 10th at the end.
Jamie Chadwick, who fought the whole weekend with gearbox problems, showed good race pace and returned to better form in the third Austrian heat. Chadwick, together with Pierre-Louis Chovet, were under investigation after the 18-year old Van Amersfoort driver had passed Chadwick - who responded back - at the two restarts.
Coming back to a top-5 after the opening round at Misano, the British female driver could finally finish on a high a challenging weekend - with rays of hope for the next round in Mugello on 2nd to 4th October.
"I'm really happy with the end of the weekend. I really needed that, it's been a pretty difficult weekend with a lot of things happening. Just happy to have ended it on a high which puts us in a good position heading into Mugello. I'm really looking forward to going there."