Current Formula Renault BARC Champion, Alice Powell, had mixed fortunes this weekend at Brands GP, which were the penultimate rounds of the Formula Renault Championship. Alice made it to the weekend, with the help of a Motorsport fan sponsoring Alice for the last two events.
BRDC Rising Star, Powell, struggled in qualifying only managing to post the 12th and 10th fastest time for the races, “I pushed to early on my tyres in the first qualifying and just tried too hard in the second one. It is a lesson learnt that I just need to chill out more!!”
For Race One, Alice got a fantastic start, gaining two positions off the line to move into P10. Throughout the race, she had a great on and off battle with team mate, Josh Hill, who pipped her on the second from last lap, due to a mistake by her out of Surtees bend. Alice crossed the line in P8.
For Race Two, Alice got yet another great start, pulling off a move on Mitchell Gilbert around the outside of the famous, Paddock Hill bend. As Alice tried to overtake Ed Jones, he forced her onto the grass, resulting in Alice losing a place and dropping back to P10. However, a couple in front of her had jump starts and had to serve drive through penalties, which promoted Alice to P8 by the end of lap 3. From then on, Alice pressured Ed Jones but could not find a way past , but still managed to set the 5th fastest lap of the race and finish second in the Graduate Cup, crossing the line in P8 but receiving P6 points, as two drivers in front of her do not receive championship points.
Commenting on the weekend Alice says, “I am disappointed with the way the weekend went. I was hoping for much better results, but the positives are that we showed in the last race that we had the pace, and also that we can start well! I just need to stay calm and focused to try and get a better result at Silverstone in two weeks. I have dropped to P7 in the championship, but only 2 points behind 6th.”
The final two races of the season are on the 15/16th of October and will be shown LIVE on ITV4. Alice will also be joining the ITV4 commentary team at Silverstone, to commentate on the Formula Renault BARC Championship.