Powell invited to join the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) ‘Rising Stars’ programme for 2011‏

Female motor racing driver Alice Powell has been invited to join the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) ‘Rising Stars’ programme for 2011.

Aged 24 and under, the BRDC Rising Stars are very much the future of the Club, today. Scouted from trackside, the BRDC Rising Stars are in effect ‘Junior Members’ of the Club, all taking their motor racing very seriously and all aiming for a professional career within the sport. From all four-wheel racing disciplines, the Rising Stars represent the BRDC in national championships, and from the races contested while wearing the schemes unique ‘blue roundel’ it is hoped the Rising Star will graduate to the ranks of Full membership.

Lewis Hamilton and Alex Lloyd are just two success stories from the Rising Star scheme – and with eight national champions from its ranks last season alone, BRDC Rising Stars has a proven track record of selecting only the best of individuals. Once scouted by a member of the ‘Rising Stars Panel’, the driver is invited to Silverstone for an informal meeting. Following this meeting, the driver will be invited to become a Rising Star, and providing his or her career continues with upward momentum, the ability to stay on the scheme until the year of their 24th birthday. From Formula Ford to Formula 3 from British GT to BTCC, the BRDC Rising Stars will be in action throughout the season, and with BRDC SuperStars adding a second tier to the BRDC ‘youth policy’, with the BRDC embracing this important sector of the sport – the future of British motor racing is in safe hands.

Ian Titchmarsh, BRDC Rising Stars Panellist; “The decision to invite Alice to become a BRDC Rising Star was an easy one after she had won the 2010 BARC Formula Renault Championship and had become the first British female to win a single-seater series which she achieved against a very competitive field. Having watched Alice compete in the Ginetta Junior Championship with notable success in 2008 I have been delighted to see her develop as a driver so well and so rapidly, both on and off the track, and wish her well on her return to the higher profile Formula Renault UK Championship in 2011.”

18 year-old Alice is the reigning Formula Renault BARC Champion scoring two wins, seven podiums and two pole positions last year. Alice made history by becoming the first female to win a Formula Renault race and the first female to win a Formula Renault Championship. She is racing this year with Manor Competition in the Formula Renault UK Championship.

If you would like to support Alice through sponsorship, please visit http://www.alice-powell.com or email info@alice-powell.com.