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Jamie Chadwick joins Veloce Racing for Extreme E

British W Series star Jamie Chadwick joins Veloce Racing for the brand-new Extreme E series in 2021: she leads the mixed-team line-up before the journey begins in March in the desert of Al-'ula/Saudi Arabia.

Photo by Veloce Racing

Jamie Chadwick was revealed as the first of the Veloce Racing drivers and is now the third female driver to officially join the Extreme E field. The all-new electric series will in fact feature mixed teams and the will see the drivers going head-to-head in five different remote areas like desert, oceanside and the Arctic.

We previously wrote about Extreme E's interesting and innovative concept about gender inclusion: Extreme E to field female-male drivers in each team.

The series, founded by Formula E mastermind Alejandro Agag, is a brand new format that is set to employ electric SUV vehicles in extreme regions of the world, with the ultimate aim of raising awareness on the environmental crisis in the race locations and beyond, as well as pioneering a form of environmentally sustainable motorsport.

The TV-coverage for the inaugural season will be a mix of sports production and documentary - starting from three behind-the-scenes documentaries on National Geographic this Autumn.

Veloce Racing is co-founded by Veloce Esports and can not only count on Formula E and former Formula 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne behind the scenes, but also legendary designer Adrian Newey, best known for his work on championship-winning cars in F1 for Red Bull Racing, McLaren and Williams.

British W Series star and inaugural champion Jamie Chadwick has now been announced as the female-side of the 2021 Veloce Racing line-up. Jamie won the first ever W Series title in 2019 and is currently competing in the Formula Regional Europe Championship in 2020, after a race-winning campaign in F3 Asian Series.

She is also Development Driver for Williams F1 Team and tested the Formula E car on several occasions for both Jaguar Racing and the NIO outfit.

“I am proud to be driving for Veloce Racing in such a revolutionary championship as Extreme E! 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."

Chadwick isn't new to the Veloce organization, as the 22-year old racer is managed by Veloce co-founder Rupert Svendsen-Cook and previously worked with the team as she prepared for real-world racing and took advantage from Veloce's extensive experience in simracing platforms.

“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 experiences 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.”

The first race for Jamie and her currently unknown male teammate at Veloce will be on 20th to 21st March in Al-'Ula/Saudi-Arabia, for the first ever Desert X-Prix.

Photo by Veloce Racing



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