BRDC Rising Star, Alice Powell, ended the Formula 3 Cup as Vice Champion, losing out in a tough battle to Alex Craven.
In qualifying, Alice had some problems with her brakes causing braking issues, losing her vital time and places. She qualified in 5th place, with Craven up in 2nd.
For race one, Alice got as good as start as everyone else, as she put pressure on Mark Harrison in 4th. She mounted the pressure, but Harrison kept his cool, on a track which is hard to overtake. After constant pressure, Alice crossed the line behind Harrison in 5th place, with Craven in 2nd.
Alice lined up in fourth place for race two. Getting good drive off the line, she pressured Craven into turn two. Tristan Cliffe spun off on his own, which gave Henry Chart the lead, Craven P2 and Alice P3. From then on, the gap remained an average 1.5 seconds between Craven and Powell, with the two swapping fastest laps. Alice’s brake issues started to creep back in towards the end of the race, losing a couple of tenths to Craven at the end. The positions remained the same and the result meant that Craven took the championship, with Alice runner up.
Speaking after the weekend, Alice explained, “We had some braking issues, which were a hindrance and time loss. However, Alex did a great job this weekend; we started the season off strong, but had some problems mid-season and struggled since then. It is not what I wanted, but coming in Vice Champion is still a good achievement and a huge thank you to the MBR team and my fantastic sponsors, for the brilliant support. I could not have done anything without them. Moving forward, I need to work hard over the winter to try and raise funds for the next step”.