Alice PowellChipping Norton racer, Alice Powell suffered another disappointing weekend in the 2012 GP3 Series, in what was Alice’s first visit to the Hockenheim circuit.

In the 45 minute practise on the Friday, the track was drying throughout the session, with all the cars on slicks. Alice used the session to experience the conditions and learn the track.

Qualifying was slightly different as the sun was out shining and the track was bone dry. For the first half of the 30 minute session, Powell was P12, but slipped to P16 when she pitted for new tyres. After that, traffic and yellow flags denied the youngster to move up the order, so she dropped to a disappointing P20.

For Race One, Alice was promoted to P17 as a few other drivers received penalties. On the grid it started to spit with rain, but the team opted to stay on the slick tyre, anticipating that it would stop raining. However, the rain increased but there was not enough time to change the tyres, and Powell pitted for wets at the end of the first lap. The race was then stopped after Alice had pitted, due to too many cars being on slicks as the heavens opened. Sadly, because Alice has pitted, she was now at the back of field. The race then restarted under safety car, but the weather conditions did not improve until after the halfway mark of the race. The safety car then entered the pit with 6 laps of the race remaining, only enough time for Alice to move up to P20.

Alice lined up for Race Two in 20th place, but a strong start for the Chipping Norton racer, saw her move to P17 by turn 4. On the entry to turn 6, a huge crash in front spread debris across the track, and in avoidance, Alice ran wide. However she collided with another car that was doing the same, damaging her gearbox and ending her race.

Commenting on the weekend, Alice said “It was another disappointing weekend, which had so much potential to be better. I was really ready for a good result this weekend as preparation had gone well. Sadly, it was not to be, but I will not let the disappointment get me down and I am really looking forward to the next race this weekend! The team are continuing to work hard and I am thankful for the continued support by all my sponsors and fans. ”

The next race is in Hungary on the 22-24 July.

Photo by Daniel Kalisz.