Tough, but positive weekend for Powell at Silverstone

Alice fights through a tough weekend at Silverstone.

Alice endured a tough weekend at Silverstone, this weekend, but fought her way through the field to achieve two top 8 finishes. Moving away from the normal BTCC package, Formula Renault was on the World Series by Renault weekend, which saw crowds of just over 100,000.

There was only one 25 minute qualifying this weekend, unlike the usual 2×20 minutes, with the drivers second best time setting their position for the second race. Alice struggled, only managing to post the 12th best time, and 11th best time for race two, “I am not too sure what to say. The car felt good, but I just did not produce the time. It will make the races very tough, but I am not going to give up.”

For Race One, Alice got a fantastic start, passing two cars round the outside of Copse corner, and a further one through the fast Maggots and Becketts. Taking advantage of cars bunching in front, Powell took to the inside of her team mate, Josh Hill, to gain another spot. By the end of lap one, the 18 year old, was already up to 8th place, but she didn’t stop there. With the two in front of her, Jordan King and Oscar King squabbling for position, Jordan went wide at Copse allowing Alice past and onto the tail of Oscar. Getting a good tow heading towards Maggots, she stuck it up the inside, a bold move, which paid off! A large gap was now ahead of Powell, which she started to close, until a small mistake at the Loop, lost her some time. At the end of the 25 minute race, Alice crossed the line in 6th place, a great effort from 12th on the grid.

For Race Two, she lined up in 11th place. Getting another good start, taking two places, again round the outside of Copse Corner. Now up to 9th, she got forced wide at The Loop, falling back to 10th. However, at Brooklands, a crash between Oscar King and Dan Wells, allowed Powell to slip through and up to 8th. From then on, Alice pushed hard to catch the bunch in front, occasionally having to defending from Jordan King behind. On the last lap, Alice tried a move on Jack Hawksworth, which was unsuccessful, so she had to settle for 8th.

Speaking about the weekend, Alice commented “Qualifying was a disaster, and I am going to work hard over the break to sort it. The races were great, especially race one. I was so fired up and took full advantage of getting a good drive off the line, both times, to attack the cars in front and move forward. It was another fabulous effort by the whole Manor Competition team, and driver coach Lewis Williamson, that I hope to reward them next time out at Rockingham with a podium finish and also to my sponsors, for their continued support.”

Alice’s race engineer and Manor co-owner, Sarah Shaw said “Alice made up for a difficult qualifying session by overtaking more cars than anybody else in each race. In race one she shot from 12th to 6th, putting in some quick lap times along the way. She repeated this impressive performance in race 2, this time getting up to 8th and almost taking 7th place on the last lap, proving that she undoubtedly had the pace to run at the front of the field if only qualifying had gone better…”

Alice’s next outing is on the 17/18 of September at Rockingham, where Formula Renault will return back to the British Touring Car support package.