Leading British female motor sport driver Alice Powell put in two great performances at the opening two races of the Formula Renault BARC Championship last weekend at Brand Hatch and is currently lying 4th overall.
Alice says: “It was a great start to the season with two 5th place finishes. My new team Hillspeed are excellent providing excellent support along with my engineer Sarah Shaw from Manor Competition.”
“I did not get the best of starts in Race 1, dropping to 8th, but managed to get back up to 5th. In Race 2 my neutral cable snapped coming up to the grid, so my clutch overheated, which meant I could not pull off from the grid at a good rate. This dropped me again down the order to 13th. But over the 22 lap race, I managed to get back up to 5th!”
There have been a few pioneering attempts by women to compete at the top level in motor racing one of the first was British former ski racer Divina Galica who took part in the F1 World Championships in 1976 and 1978.
Alice plans to follow in Divina’s steps – her driving ambition is to become the first successful female in Formula 1.
Alice added: “I feel that to get more females into the sport, the sport needs a role model. And if I get to F1 I feel that more women/girls will watch the sport and follow my lead.”
Alice recently won the prestigious British Women Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC)
Gold Star Elite Award 2010.
In 2010 Alice is competing in two championships: Formula Renault BARC Championship and the Ginetta G50 Cup. The next round of Formula Renault BARC is at Silverstone on the 8th and 9th May.