Frustrating weekend in Valencia for Alice

Oxfordshire racer, Alice Powell, endured at frustrating weekend at the European Grand Prix, getting caught up in incidents in both races.

It was Alice’s first visit to the Valencia Street Circuit, which saw very warm weather, averaging well into the 30C each day.

In the Friday practise, Alice ended the 40 minute session in 9th place, her highest ever placing in GP3 Series to date.

Qualifying took place first thing Saturday morning, with Alice finishing P13. She was later promoted to P11 as two other drivers took penalties.

In Race One, BRDC Rising Star Powell, made a great start, driving round the outside of a couple of drivers at turn 2 and avoiding a collision in front. However, things were about to take a turn for the worst, as oil from a competitor just in front of Alice, was leaking onto the track. When Alice turned into turn 4, her car simply skidded on the oil and into her team mate, damaging the front of her car.
Alice made it back to the pits, for the Status mechanics to access the damaged and send Alice on her way. She crossed the line in 18th place.

For Race Two, Powell lined up on the grid in 18th place. Again, she got a lightening start, entering turn 4 in 13th position. As Alice approached turn 8, an incident in front caused the field to bunch up, and Alice made contact with the rear of Alex Brundle’s car which sent her car flying into the air. The force of the car landing winded Alice, caused pain in her back and damaged the car, ending her race.

Commenting on the weekend, Alice said “This weekend has been tough. It started out well, and it shows I am getting closer and getting used to the GP3 car. The races were very action packed and I am gutted that we did not get a decent result. The crash in Race Two was quite painful. I have had my back checked out and all is fine apart from bad bruising on my heels. Huge thanks again to my sponsors and everyone at Status Grand Prix. Hopefully I can reward them with a great result soon. ”

The next race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the 6-8 July.