Women's Sport: Jamie Chadwick to feature in first Extreme E competition

W Series Champion, Jamie Chadwick, will feature as one of three women to drive in the upcoming Extreme E climate change series.

The Williams development driver will take part in the competition which takes place in Greenland in 2021. The other women joining her will be fellow Briton, Katherine Legge, and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky from Sweden. 

Earlier this year, 21-year-old Chadwick secured the inaugural W Series championship at Brands Hatch, beating rival Beitske Visser to the title.

The Extreme E championship will begin its first competition in 2021 after being conceived in 2018 by the same group behind the Formula E series. The competition aims to highlight the challenges ecosystems face as a result of climate change, with 12 teams racing electric SUVs in five remote locations around the world.

After being announced as one of the first racers in the series Chadwick said: “Racing in incredible locations, raising awareness for climate change… what’s not to love. 

“As part of the generation who are needing to be increasingly more aware of our environment, and having grown up in the countryside in England, for me it is more relevant than ever to be raising awareness. It really is a win-win.”

Alejandro Agag, the founder of Formula E and Extreme E spoke of his pride in the list of drivers already announced to race.

“This world-class list of drivers, representing the very best male and female talent from multiple disciplines across top-tier motorsport, illustrates Extreme E’s serious sporting credentials,” he said.

Whilst Extreme E will feature some of the sports top drivers in extreme locations, environmental experts from Cambridge University will travel alongside teams to conduct research into the way climate change is having an impact.  

The competition aims to reach five extreme locations: Arctic, Glacier, Rainforest, Desert, Ocean.

Greenland has been announced as the series’ first location and will be the first Arctic environment to be investigated. This will be the first time the country has hosted a motor-sports event.

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