MOTORSPORT: Powell savouring perfect weekend

Witney Gazette: Chipping Norton’s Alice Powell shows her delight after one of her two wins in the F3 Cup at Rockingham on Sunday Chipping Norton’s Alice Powell shows her delight after one of her two wins in the F3 Cup at Rockingham on Sunday

Alice Powell is hunting more success after completing an amazing weekend in the F3 Cup.

On Sunday, the Oxfordshire driver recorded a double win at Rockingham, just a day after she got through the next stage of selection for the GB skeleton bobsleigh team.

Powell, 21, from Sarsden near Chipping Norton, twice got the better of championship leader Toby Sowery to end his winning run in the F3 Cup.

She had been due to compete at Silverstone in the British F3 Series, but a change of plan saw her switch tracks and race for Gale Force Racing.

“It all changed at the last minute and I ended up going to Rockingham,” said Powell.

“It was really good and I didn’t expect to do so well. It was nice for the team to get that maiden win.

“There was a lots of very close racing which made it exciting.”

Powell said a change in track conditions meant some extra work for the mechanics.

She added: “In qualifying it was very wet, but I managed to qualify nine-tenths of a second ahead of the guy in second.

“On the race day it was dry, so we had to make a few adjustments to the set-up.”

Powell’s previous trip to Rockingham saw her take a third place in the F3 Series.

But Powell admitted that the news from the bobsleigh team had come as a complete shock.

She added: “I didn’t expect to get through, to be honest.

“They said they would send us an email last week, but I hadn’t heard anything.

“But on Saturday, my phone started bleeping.

“I was thinking ‘who is sending me an email at this time’? So I was delighted when it said I had made it through.

“I think it’s down from 600 to between 100 and 120 people. We don’t know what happens now.

“So it was a very good weekend. I’m now hoping for another email. I think they let you know at the end of July.

“I’ll have to keep up the training and see what happens.”

Next month, Powell competes in the Formula Renault Asia Series in China.

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