Alice PowellAlice Powell took a clean sweep of victories when she competed in the Performance Direct Radical Clubman’s cup last weekend. She absolutely dominated the meeting taking, pole and fastest lap of the day.

The opportunity arose as a way of learning the new Snetterton 300 circuit before she races there in the Formula Renault UK championship in August , a great deal drive was arranged with experienced team Mansol Motorsport. She had never driven a Radical and Friday was the first time she had even sat in one.

Despite being a sports car, there are quite a few similarities to a single seater with the rear wing providing lots of downforce, they are a very quick racing car. Alice spent Friday testing the car, before race day on Saturday.

Qualifying was pretty close and in wet conditions, with Alice taking pole by only 0.033 of a second from experienced Radical racer David Jacobs. The second race grid was decided on second best times and here Alice took pole by two tenths of a second.

At the start of race one Alice got what looked to be a perfect start, although she later admitted it wasn’t as good as she would have liked. She stayed ahead into the first corner and although Darron Anley attempted to out brake her down the inside, Alice simply took the outside line and just drove away from him. After this she calmly kept up a decent gap, increasing her pace when she needed to if the runners behind started gaining. It was easy to forget that this was her first ever Radical race, you could be fooled into thinking she had been racing them for years. She crossed the line 4.4 seconds ahead of Fredrick Moberg with Darron Anley a further 1.5 seconds back in third.

Race two was cut short after a start line crash on the first attempt to run the race caused a one hour delay while the barriers at the end of the pitlane were repaired. The restarted race was run over only 5 laps but Alice again streaked ahead pulling out a gap of 3.5 seconds over the short race. Fredrick Moberg was again second and Darron Anley also finished in third once more, this time a further 1.9 seconds behind.

It had been a perfect day with two flawless performances in the races. Things got even better when she was awarded driver of the day after the race. It was also revealed that she was the world’s first ever female winner of a Radical race.

Alice was understandably very happy with how the day had gone;

“It was such a surprise. I did not expect to have a weekend like that! The Radical is a great car and to come away making history and taking a clean sweep is awesome! I would like to thank Mansol Motorsport for all their help!”

Alice’s next race will be at Snetterton and is working to get the money together. This will be in the Formula Renault UK championship on the 6th and 7th August.

Photo by Marc Waller.