Jamie Chadwick takes podium at Sepang in F3 Asian Championship

The W Series winner is currently eighth in the standings

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick claimed her first podium of the F3 Asian Championship season, after finishing third at the Sepang International Circuit on Friday.

The British driver finished behind championship leader Joey Alders, who came second, and winner Jack Doohan.

Starting fifth on the grid, Chadwick made a pass earlier on and got right up on the back Ukyo Sasahara in third in the early stages of the race.

As the Brit closed in, Chadwick and Sasahara battled for almost a whole lap, but the 21-year-old gained the position and moved into third place.

Alders, who started seventh on the gird, cut through the field quickly and passed Chadwick before both drivers began closing in on second-placed Nikita Mazepin.

Mazepin had initially been chasing Doohan at the front, but was caught and passed by Alders, before running wide and allowing Chadwick past too.

Alders eventually finished two seconds behind winner Doohan, with Chadwick a place further back.

“Obviously earlier on in the race I managed to get passed Ukyo and I just maintained my pace from there,” Chadwick said after the race.

“It was difficult at the beginning of the race because it was a bit greasy and I thought it was going to get dryer towards the end, so I started battling with Joey but I thought he had a bit more pace so I stopped to save my tyres.

“I then settled into my pace and Joey had a bit more than me at that stage, but I settled into third, so it was a bit of a boring race for me.”

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William Dodds

Freelance sports journalist based in London.

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