MOTOR RACING: Cotswold driver Alice Powell pipped for F3 Cup Championship
3:59pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
COTSWOLD driver Alice Powell has finished runner-up in the Formula 3 Cup Championship after a season-long battle at the top.
Powell, who led the standings for much of the year after a blistering start to the campaign, was joined at the top by main rival Alex Craven ahead of the final two Snetterton races.
With Craven second to Alice's fifth in race one on Saturday, Alice needed to win the final event – and for Craven to finish off the podium – to snatch the title.
In the event, Cornwall-based Craven pipped Alice for third place which was enough to secure the title by 11 points.
Powell, the former Cotswold School pupil from Chipping Norton, has not enjoyed the best of luck at Snetterton and ultimately it was her two DNFs (did not finish) in rounds 13 and 14 which cost her the championship.
Alice got an excellent start from fifth place on the grid in race one and soon put pressure on Mark Harrison in fourth. Despite chasing relentlessly, she could not get past.
After Tristan Cliffe had spun off in race two, Alice chased the class leader Henry Chart with Craven in second.
The gap remained between Craven and Powell remained at 1.5 seconds, with the two swapping fastest laps. Alice’s brake issues started to creep back in towards the end of the race, and she lost a couple of tenths to Craven at the end.
Reflecting on the weekend and the championship, Alice said: “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 runner-up 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."
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