Female motor racing driver Alice Powell had one of the unluckiest race weekends of her career.
This weekend was rounds 5 and 6 of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton. Alice proved her talent and speed in qualifying by securing P5 and P2 for the races, a tremendous effort, at a track where the window to produce your flying lap is extremely small.
Alice has great memories from the Thruxton circuit, as it was where she won the Formula Renault BARC Championship last year, and was hoping to challenge for the wins in the races.
In Race One, starting P5, the 18 year old from Chipping Norton, got off to a great start, working her way up to 3rd place by lap two. However, on lap four, her team mate, Josh Hill, made contact with the side of Alice’s car sending her into a spin and damaging the left rear, ending her race.
For race two, Alice lined up on the front row of the grid, leading the way for the Manor Competition team. Sadly, Alice would only make it to the second corner, as Pedro Pablo Calbimonte drove into the side on Alice’s car, this time damaging the right rear, and ending Alice’s race along with much sympathy from the ITV4 commentators.
Speaking about the weekend, Alice said “Results wise, it was extremely disappointing, seeing that it was not my fault either times, and there was nothing I could have done. However, we showed the pace we had in qualifying by getting P2. Huge thanks to all the Manor Competition team for their continued efforts and hard work, as well as my sponsors, Sliverstone-Hotels.com, Immun Age and IWI Watches. I am very much looking forward to Oulton Park in 5 weeks time!”
Commenting on Alice’s performance, her engineer, Sarah Shaw said “Alice’s weekend was blighted by bad luck which robbed her of the chance of getting the results she deserved. Nevertheless there are a lot of positives to be taken from the weekend. Qualifying 5th for race one was good but we knew there was still potential for more and she proved us right by qualifying 2nd for race two.
Sadly her luck was just rotten in the two race!! Without doubt, Alice had the pace to be on the podium in both races, so it’s really disappointing not to have come away from Thruxton with some results, but that’s racing and we’re really happy with the job Alice did throughout the weekend”.
The next rounds of the Championship are on the 4/5th of June at Oulton Park, Cheshire.