Disaster weekend puts pressure on Alice’s title hopes

Cotswold racer, Alice Powell, had a weekend to forget at Snetterton, as she failed to finish both races. Alice arrived at Snetterton, in Norfolk, with a 26 point lead over nearest rival Tristan Cliffe.

In qualifying, Alice initially set pole, but Cliffe came back with a faster lap and snatched pole by 0.160 seconds.

For race one, Powell got a great start and jumped straight into the lead. For the next few laps, Alice drove a great defensive race as Cliffe put pressure on Powell to try and find a way past. Finally, Cliffe got into the tow of Alice and managed to sneak past at the last corner, but Alice wasn’t going to give in. She pulled in behind him down the main straight and got a great slipstream. As they headed towards turn one, she pulled out to pass. The Silverstone-Hotel backed driver passed him around the outside as they reached the entry of turn one, but it was then that disaster struck, as Cliffe hit the rear wheel of Alice’s car, sending them both into a vicious spin as they hit the tyre barrier at a speed of over 100MPH, ending the race for them both. Commenting on the race Alice said;

“I made a great start, but was struggling to get the car working through the faster corners. Tristan (Cliffe) caught me up after a few laps and made a good move on me into the last corner. I got a good tow up the main straight and entered into turn one in the lead, when I got hit from behind. It did a lot of damaged to the car and badly bruised my knees as they hit the side of the car quite aggressively!”

The Stewards investigated the incident and ruled in Alice’s favour. Cliffe was given two penalty points on his licence and an official reprimand.

By Sunday morning, the car was fully repaired and Alice had been cleared to race by the doctors. Alice started on pole, just ahead of her other championship rival, Alex Craven.

Things looked good for the win, as Alice got a great start to lead the field into the first corner. However, oil had been spilt on the far end of the circuit by a previous race, and Alice was the first to drive over it at race speed. As her car touched the oil, she spun and was collected by Alex Craven, who had no time to react.

“There was some oil from an earlier race down at the Bomb Hole, one of the fastest parts of the circuit. As I ran over it, the car instantly snapped away and I was sideways. Unfortunately, Craven couldn’t avoid me and he ran into my side pod putting us both off the track, and ending our race. It’s been a weekend to forget.”

Despite the double non finish, Alice keeps the championship lead, by a narrow 10 points. There are now only four races remaining, with the next race at Donington Park on the 28th and 29th of September.