Ollie Chadwick Wins Final Race Of Year To Become Ginetta GT5 Vice-Champion‏

Victory in the final race of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge season at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 14th September, enabled exciting teenage racing driver Ollie Chadwick to conclude the 2014 campaign as Vice-Champion.Another series of blistering performances from the Tetbury 18-year-old across the final weekend of the season, beginning with a dominant run in qualifying where he lapped a full 0.7 seconds quicker than anyone, resulted in a boosted tally of six wins for the year and no fewer than 14 podiums.Marking Chadwick’s first year as a senior driver in the British GT Championship-supporting Ginetta Challenge, having graduated from the Ginetta Junior Championship at the end of last year, this season has also been the youngster’s first with newly formed team Xentek Motorsport.Chadwick’s terrific pace and impressive early-season results established him as a firm favourite to win the championship, but the campaign was unfortunately peppered with minor incidents – more often than not beyond his control – which cost valuable points.Even so, his statistics for the 2014 season make very impressive reading:• 8 pole positions• 9 fastest laps, including 3 lap records• 6 race victories • 14 podiums• 77 overtakesSecuring a brace of pole positions this past weekend at Donington Park, Chadwick finished fifth in the opening race on Saturday – following contact from rival Dennis Strandberg at the final corner while disputing the lead – and then added second place in race two and a superb win in race three.“Naturally, I’m disappointed not to have won the title”, said Chadwick after the final round, “I feel I had the team, the car and all the attributes to achieve it and we did our best. Various events seemed to conspire against us and motor racing is often like that. I would, nevertheless, wish to congratulate George [Gamble] on his success, he had the most consistent season and that made the difference.”Xentek Motorsport co-principal, Chris Richards, added, “We can’t fault Ollie, he always gave 100% in every race and was, without doubt, the most exciting driver on the grid. It’s just a shame he had such tough luck at some rounds, often through other people’s errors. Then there was round 12 at Snetterton which was cancelled, where he had qualified on pole.“Anyone who has followed this championship will have seen that he really is a remarkably talented driver. Misfortune has seen him having to recover through the pack, often going from the back to the podium – we calculated 77 ‘overtakes’ during the year. His capabilities and racecraft can’t be faulted. He’s been great to work with and very popular in the paddock.”When asked about his future plans, Chadwick responded: “I’m considering various options for 2015, in tandem with my business studies and aviation interests. I hope that my achievements this year have been noted as I feel I have a lot to offer. I’ve been invited to test an Aston Martin GT3 car in October, which will be a big step upwards, and may help crystalise my thinking for next year.”

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