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W Series champion Chadwick joins deFrancesco, Cao and Smith at Absolute Racing

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Reigning W Series and MRF Challenge champion Jamie Chadwick returns to F3 Asia, to assist her in preparing for the 2020 season, as she joins Chinese team Absolute Racing.

The 21-year old ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 development driver had previously contested in the 2019 season opener at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia with Seven GP and had also taken two top ten finishes.

Ahead of the forthcoming campaign, the Briton looked back on what was a great season: “2019 has been a phenomenal year with my MRF, W Series, Williams and Aston Martin experiences, and I am delighted to be adding the Asian F3 series with Absolute Racing to the agenda.”

“It is important for me to use this series as part of my testing and development programme to ensure that I am race-fit for whatever 2020 throws at me.

“I expect it to be a very competitive series, as there are some top level drivers and teams entered, so there will be a lot of hard work involved – but that is why it will be of such value.”

Chadwick will miss the pre-season testing at Sepang Circuit due to her nomination for the highly coveted Aston Martin BRDC Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award, which will be announced on Sunday, 8th December.

In addition with Chadwick, Absolute Racing has signed FIA F3 driver Devlin deFrancesco, race winner Daniel Cao and Thomas Smith, who switched from Filipino-Irish squad Pinnacle Motorsport for the 2020 season.

Ahead of his Asian debut, deFrancesco said: “I’m really looking forward to the F3 Asian Championship, Absolute Racing are a good team, they had a good season last year so I’m looking forward to going there and seeing what we can do.”

“It’ll be fun to try out some new tracks as well. It’s a great championship and I’m excited to get back in a car again, the end of the season seems like an age ago now! I feel like I’ve progressed a lot this year, so this is the perfect opportunity to show what I’ve learned. Can’t wait to get going!”

Daniel Cao

2017 Formula 4 Southeast Asia champion Cao added, “I’m pleased to be rejoining Absolute Racing for the upcoming season.  I feel like home within the team, and they are very professional in their approach.”

“Last season I gained a lot of knowledge and experience working with the team. My goal this year is to win it, and become the first Chinese driver with more than forty FIA Super Licence points. I’m ready to take on the F3 Asian to claim the title.”

Thomas Smith

Australian Formula 4 graduate Smith commented on his new team prior to the 2020 F3 Asia season, “I’m excited to be joining Absolute Racing for the F3 Asian series and continuing my learning curve and results from last season. The team has welcomed me well, and that is just an amazing start for this new journey! There’s been some positive signs in early testing, the car felt great and I’m looking forward to a strong showing.”

The 2020 Formula 3 Asian Championship will kick off at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia as the support bill of FIM Endurance World Championship’s Sepang 8 Hours and FIA WTCR Race of Malaysia events on 13th to 15th December. The championship will use the winter format to enable drivers from all over the world to maximise FIA Super Licence regulations which allow them to accumulate points from two championships within a single year.

2020 F3 Asia Championship Calendar

14 – 15 December 2019
Sepang Circuit, Malaysia
(support bill of FIA WTCR)

10 – 11 January 2020
Dubai Autodrome, UAE
(support bill of 24H Series)

17 – 18 January 2020
Yas Marina Circuit, UAE

14 – 15 February 2020
Sepang Circuit, Malaysia
(support bill of Asian Le Mans Series)

22 – 23 February 2020
Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand
(support bill of Asian Le Mans Series)

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