Changes needed for Powell despite double Silverstone podium
Despite claiming her second second place of the weekend at Silverstone in race two of round six, Alice Powell is still struggling to get the best out of her Toyota-powered Mark Bailey Racing Dallara.
Despite claiming her second second place of the weekend at Silverstone in race two of round six, Alice Powell is still struggling to get the best out of her Toyota-powered Mark Bailey Racing Dallara, she believes.
The ex-GP3 racer took the lead off the line and defended hard to keep Tristan Cliffe behind but it was ultimately to no avail.
"I got a very good start and kept the lead for a few laps. Tristan got the tow down the straight and passed me round the outside. I had to try and keep Craven behind and unfortunately he had a problem so I managed to come home in second. I'm a bit disappointed because I wasn't expecting the car to feel like that."
The issues with the car combined with pressure from Cliffe and then the luckless Alex Craven made the championship leader work hard for her ninth podium of the season. The problems reared their head early on so she knew she was going to be in for a tough time to avoid giving up ground on her title charge.
"We made a few changes overnight to the car and to be frank it's kind of the worst car I've driven this season and the worst the car has felt all season. [I had] A lot of oversteer through all the mixture of corners, through the high speed through the low speed it was a real struggle so I'm not too sure what's gone on there.
"We'll have to assess it, have a look and maybe strip down the car. I felt a huge vibration for the entire race too, I felt it on the warm up lap and I thought "Oh no, not something else that's going to break." I stayed there and it kept going."
With three rounds still to go there are six race wins still on offer. Her championship lead has shot up to 26 points after Alex Craven's fuel filler issue ended his race prematurely but with three dropped scores to take into account, she can't take anything for granted.
Snetterton's long straights and mix of fast and slow corners is up next on 7/8 September, and she believes there is a lot of work to do before then.
"I was losing a lot of time through Maggotts, Becketts and Copse compared to the other guys and even on the brakes the car was really loose. We're going to have a look, sit down and have a chat and see what we can come up with for next time out at Snett.
"The first corner at Snett is one of those at real high speed, a bit like Copse really so we do need to work really hard in the two or three weeks. We've got to try and figure out what's gone on. We've been here and been under the two minutes before and now we're in the two minute twos. It's a bit mind-blowing really."
Powell has finished every race this season and still not experienced a finish outside of the top four. That consistency will be key if she's to walk away with the F3 Cup title come October.