6:10pm Friday 13th September 2013
CHIPPING Norton racer Alice Powell had a F3 Cup meeting to forget at Snetterton as she failed to finish both races.
The 20-year-old arrived in Norfolk with a 26-point lead over nearest rival Tristan Cliffe but now holds a narrower advantage by 10.
There are four races left with the next at Donington Park, Leicestershire, on September 28 and 29.
In qualifying, Powell initially set pole but Cliffe produced a faster lap to snatch it by 0.160 seconds.
However, for race one, she jumped straight into the lead and drove well defensively for the next few laps under pressure.
Cliffe finally managed to sneak past but the ex-Cotswold School pupil bounced back around the outside.
However, Powell’s rival hit her rear wheel, sending them into a vicious spin as they hit the tyre barrier at a speed of more than 100mph and ending the race for both.
She said: “I made a great start but was struggling to get the car working through the faster corners.
“Tristan 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 damage to the car and badly bruised my knees as they hit the side of the car quite aggressively.”
The steward investigation ruled in Powell’s favour with Cliffe given two penalty points on his licence and an official reprimand.
But, by the next morning, the car was repaired and Powell was cleared to race by the doctors, starting on pole just ahead of her other championship rival Alex Craven.
She led into the first corner but oil had been spilt on the far end of the circuit and the Mark Bailey Racing team ace was first to drive over it at race speed.
Powell spun and was hit by Craven, who had no time to react, with both drivers’ race over.
She admitted: “Unfortunately, Craven couldn’t avoid me and he ran into my sidepod, putting us both off the track and ending our race.”
Powell added: “It was a weekend to forget.”
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