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9:30am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
CHIPPING Norton’s Alice Powell had a mixed F3 Cup meeting at Leicestershire’s Donington Park.
Problems in race two allowed Powell’s rival Alex Craven to go three points ahead with one weekend remaining.
The 20-year-old swapped top spot with Craven in qualifying before her throttle got partly stuck, forcing her into a spin into the gravel as she dropped to third.
In race one, Powell jumped up to second and held on behind Craven despite pressure from Tristan Cliffe, who spun off two laps after overtaking, and Louis Hamilton-Smith.
The former Cotswold School pupil lined up fourth for race two but her car battery was too flat to start the car.
A push-start resulted in a 10- second penalty which dropped her from fourth to fifth after the race was ended by a red flag five minutes early.
Powell admitted: “It was always going to be a tough weekend. My Toyota engine is no way near as strong as my rivals, as it is 30kg heavier, so it makes it tricky on the type of corners Donington produces and up the steep hill.
“However, we have to stay positive and have a month to work hard to get things sorted for the final round. It is going to be close but I am so determined to win.”
The finale is at Snetterton on October 26 and 27.
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