Best possible end to tough weekend for Powell
05/06/2013 – An early testing blow left Alice Powell with an uphill struggle at Brands Hatch last weekend but it ended in style with a win in race two.
An early testing blow left Alice Powell with an uphill struggle at Brands Hatch last weekend but it ended in style with a win in race two.
The championship pace-setter had been testing at the circuit on Friday before her day was curtailed by an early engine problem. That left the Mark Bailey Racing squad needing to sweet-talk Frank Thomas into lending Powell his car. A night of parts swapping then began and Powell was out to qualify.
"We had a head gasket go in my engine in testing on Friday at the start of the day so we didn't get much running in but then the team did a good to go back to their workshop in Chippenham and pick up a spare car and bring it here. They didn't finish until two in the morning after getting everything back here so it was very, very busy.
"It was straight into qualifying jumping into a different car and engine and then all about getting used to the car. The engine in that car is quite old, four seasons I think it's done without a rebuild so it was definitely struggling in the straight a little bit." explained Powell.
Powell wasn't far off the pace and qualified fourth within second of poleman Craven. That was where she finished after getting quicker and quicker in the race setting second fastest lap late on. Thanks to that lap she started pole and race two then went much more to plan. Alex Craven couldn't find a way past in the race to give Powell win number four of the season.
"It's really good to get back on the top step of the podium. We had to make a set up change on the rear wing because we were struggling a lot down the straights after race one. We knew that was where we were lacking and it seemed to pay.
"Alex put loads of pressure on me but I managed to make no mistakes. I knew round here that if I made a mistake and he got through it would be hard to get back through again so I was just trying to be consistent. It's all good for the championship!"
Powell's championship has been cut to 11 points thanks to Craven's typically consistent weekend. They'll renew rivalries on 22/23 June at Belgium's famous Circuit Zolder.