JAMIE CHADWICK, younger sister of Ginetta Junior front-runner Ollie, will compete against her brother next season after winning the third annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship.

Chadwick, 14, who will graduate from karting, beat a field of 60 applicants to win a fully-funded season in the category after being judged by chief instructor Jack Stanford, former Ginetta Junior Champion Tom Ingram and BTCC racer Adam Morgan at Bedford Autodrome recently.

Tetbury-based Chadwick, who has become the first female to win the prize since its inception, was delighted to be given the opportunity to race against some of Britain’s finest emerging racing talents in the 2013 championship that will be aired live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Chadwick. “The Ginetta Junior Scholarship is a fantastic opportunity.

“The standard has been so high in 2012, and to see drivers travel from Sweden and Spain to compete shows just how popular the series is.”

The 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship will get underway as support to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on March 30-31.