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Ace Powell eyes up the 'next step'
2:30pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
CHIPPING Norton race ace Alice Powell ended the Formula Three Cup as vice-champion after losing out in a tough battle with Alex Craven.
In qualifying, the British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star had braking issues which lost her vital time and places as she qualified fifth with Craven up in second.
For race one, Powell got as good a start as everyone else and put the pressure on Mark Harrison in fourth.
She maintained the chase but Harrison kept his cool on a track which was hard to overtake.
After constant pressure, Powell crossed the line behind Harrison in fifth spot with Craven second.
The Cotswold star, who competes for Mark Bailey Racing, lined up in fourth place for race two and, getting a good drive off the line, she pressured Craven into turn two.
Tristan Cliffe spun off on his own which gave Henry Chart the lead ahead of Craven and Powell.
From then on, the gap remained an average of 1.5 seconds between Craven and Powell with the two swapping fastest laps.
The 20-year-old’s brake issues crept back in towards the end of the race, losing a little time to her title rival at the end.
The positions remained the same and the result meant Craven took the championship by amassing 407 points with Powell runner-up on 396 and Cliffe third on 361.
Powell said: “We had some braking issues which were a hindrance and lost time. However, Alex did a great job.
“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.
“Moving forward, I need to work hard over the winter to try and raise funds for the next step.”
Mark Bailey Racing wrapped up the teams’ championship with 743 points.
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