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Alice PowellBRDC Rising Star, Alice Powell, produced a win out of what was another problematic weekend for the 20 year old.

The F3 Cup travelled overseas to race at the famous Zolder circuit in Belgium, where it was new to the majority of the field.

After having problems with her car at Brands Hatch and having to participate in a spare car, Alice prepared for Zolder in hope that she would be back in her own car. However, a test in her car before she went to Zolder showed that the problems still existed with her car, so it was back in a different spare car, “It is very frustrating that we have not found this hidden problem with my car. It is lucky that we tested it before we went to Zolder. However, it is also lucky that my other team mate, Stuart, was not racing and kindly let me use his car. It is completely different to what I raced at Brands!”

After only having a 25 minute practise session, it was straight into qualifying, where Alice managed 3rd on the grid, despite having trouble with the gearing.

For Race One, more problems soon unfolded, as a stuck solid gear cable delayed Alice from getting to the grid, so she had to start from the pit lane. However, Alice fought her way up the field to 4th and would have been right on the back of Henry Chart in 3rd if there were a couple more laps.

Alice lined up in 3rd place for Race Two, due to setting the 3rd fastest time in Race One.

All cars got a clean start away from the grid, with Alice putting pressure on the two drivers in front. Alex Craven managed to pip past Tristian Cliffe out of the final turn to complete the first lap. Alice pilled pressure on Cliffe, who made a small mistake into turn 4 on lap three, which allowed Alice to nip through. By this time, Alex Craven had produced over a three second lead. Alice was producing fastest lap after fastest lap, closing the gap on the lead, when Craven made a small error and took to the gravel, allowing Alice past and into the lead. She didn’t look back, as she took her 5th victory of the season and keeping herself on the top of the F3 Cup Drivers Championship, “After a problematic weekend, it was great to leave Zolder with a win. The MBR team have worked very hard all weekend trying to sort the problems. It didn’t take me too long to adjust to the spare car, but the car threw a few problems at us, what with the gearing trouble and the gear cable jamming before R1. However, I did have a bit of luck with the drivers in front of me making small errors, but you need some luck in this sport! I am looking forward to Brands, and really hoping I will be back in my usual car!”

The next round of the F3 Cup takes place at Brands Hatch GP on 27-28 July.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Alice PowellAlice’s weekend started badly, with a head gasket going on in her engine on Friday, which led to her Mark Bailey Racing team to travel back to their base to pick up a spare car. Her first experience of this car was in qualifying, where she managed to post the 4th fastest time. However, the engine in the spare car was 4-5 MPH slower than her previous engine, due to its age.

Race One saw Alice get a good start to put pressure on Tristan Cliffe in P3. From then on, it was a procession, as fastest laps were exchanged between the top 4. Powell crossed the line in P4, but set the 2nd fastest time of the race, meaning she lined up P2 on the grid for Race Two, “ After qualifying, we knew the engine wasn’t strong, so we made a couple of changes to try and help our straight line speed and pull out of the corners. It improved slightly, but not enough, so we took a risk for R2, by taking several holes of wing off to help us up on the straights”.

The change did just that! Alice got an excellent start to beat Tristan Cliffe into turn one and take a lights to flag victory, and keeping herself at the top of the F3 Cup standings, “It was a huge risk taking of the wing, as we knew it would be a handful round the corners, but I managed to control that and have a mistake free race to take the win. Saying that, it was not easy at all, as Alex Craven kept the pressure on me throughout the race. It was a special win and I have to dedicate this to the team for their hard work on getting the spare car ready. Hopefully we can get my engine sorted for the next race, so I can be back in my own car!!”

The next round of the F3 Cup is on the 29/30th June at Zolder, Belgium.

Alice PowellBRDC Rising Star, Alice Powell, stretched her lead at the top of the drivers’ standings in the F3 Cup at the weekend, securing a second place and a win in the two races.

Alice was pipped to pole position in qualifying by Henry Chart, by only 0.047 seconds.

Race One saw Alice get a great start off the line to put pressure under Chart. However, she could not find a way past and had to settle for second place.

Alice lined up second for Race Two, with Alex Craven on pole position. Both drivers got a decent start off the line, but Alice put Craven under pressure heading into the fast Maggot, Becketts complex, where she took the opportunity to dive up the inside to take the lead. She didn’t look back after that as she stormed to victory, winning by 5.5 seconds and taking the fastest lap.

“It has been a pretty good weekend to be honest!” exclaimed the BRDC Rising Star. “The Toyota engine is around 30kg heavier and slightly slower down the straight compared to the Honda engine, so we knew it would be an interesting weekend. However, to come out with a 2nd and a 1st and to extend the championship lead is fantastic. The MBR crew did a great job once again!”

Alice also had success in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, as she is driver coach for local team Sean Walkinshaw Racing (SWR), who had a win and a third in their first ever race weekend.

The next round of the F3 Cup takes place at Brands Hatch on 1-2 June.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Alice PowellCotswold racing driver, Alice Powell, had a perfect start to her F3 Cup campaign securing two wins, two fastest laps and started from pole position on both occasions, storming into the championship lead.

It was Alice’s debut weekend racing in the F3 Cup and her first visit back to the challenging Oulton Park circuit since 2011. Powell qualified a good 1.3 seconds clear of second place man, James Cross and won both races in some style.

“It couldn’t have gone better at all!” exclaimed the BRDC Rising Star. “I didn’t have a great start in the second race, but I had a good battle with Alex (Craven) and managed to get past him going into Shell hairpin, and managed to pull a gap from there. Mark Bailey Racing has done a great job this weekend, and all my sponsors that have done fantastically to get me here racing, so I’m really pleased.”

Powell dominated the first race, winning by 18 seconds, but in the second was out dragged to the first corner by Craven.

“The second race definitely went quicker! In the first race I was way out front, but to have that race with Alex in race two was really good and I saw Henry (Chart) was coming up quite fast as well, so it was good to have a bit more of a scrap and I’m looking forward to the next round at Silverstone.”

Powell also admits that she’s enjoyed participating in the F3 Cup so far.

“Coming from GP3, I’m really enjoying it, it’s a great, low budget series and I’m just having a great time.”

The next round of the F3 Cup takes place at Silverstone on 27-29 April.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Alice PowellChampionship winning single seater driver, Alice Powell, has confirmed she will complete a full season in the F3 Cup Championship with Mark Bailey Racing.

The 20-year-old from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, has proved to be one of the most talented single seater drivers in the UK with the 2010 Formula Renault BARC title already among her list of achievements. After a season of GP3 which supports Formula One, she has decided to switch her attention to Formula 3 racing in the F3 Cup Championship due to lack of budget. She is also the only female to score points in GP3 following an eighth place finish at Monza with Status GP last season.

Powell, who is also a BRDC Rising Star, is delighted at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of F3 machinery for the first time and has been impressed by the evolution of F3 Cup.

Previously she has contested Formula Renault, both the TOCA support and BARC series. She came out on top of a three way fight for the BARC Formula Renault Championship in 2010, taking two wins on the way to securing the title.

She said: “I have been keeping a close eye on the F3 Cup last season and I have to say it is a great championship. It is a great way to race Formula 3 cars and drivers are able to do it in a cost effective way. F3 Cup has been getting stronger over the last few years and I’m looking forward to be racing in a competitive championship with a great team in Mark Bailey Racing. I am still looking at trying to do GP3, but the season starts soon in F3 Cup, so my sponsors and I decided it would be good to sign up and get racing. There is a huge difference of budget between F3 Cup and GP3, with F3 Cup being much, much cheaper. ”

While Alice is yet to compete in a competitive F3 race, she is already intending to make an impact on the 2013 F3 Cup title race.

She added: “The championship is really competitive but I want to be targeting a top three finish in the title race come the end of the season. There is a long way to go and a lot of racing to be done but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The F3 Cup championship will head to Cheshire’s Oulton Park on April 1 for the first round of the season where it will share the bill with the popular British GT Championship.