“Disappointing weekend” for Powell
Round five at Brands Hatch GP was the first 2013 round in which championship leader Alice Powell has failed to win at least one of theweekend's races.
Round five at Brands Hatch GP was the first 2013 round in which championship leader Alice Powell has failed to win at least one of theweekend's races. A race one podium- a third - and a fourth place in race two ensured the points table is still ticking over as the rounds tick down.
The Mark Bailey Racing driver ended race two believing she was two points and one more trophy better off, expecting championship rival Alex Craven to be demoted to fourth for a jump start.
"He came up alongside me and I thought "wow, that's a good start!" she said.
It turned to be just that, a very good start. The eventual fourth place meant the pair had cancelled each others' weekend out with a third and a fourth apiece. Despite Craven's successful appeal, Powell took an optimistic view on the weekend's proceedings.
"We need to continue to rack up the points and be consistent and consistently finish in the top four. We've done that this weekend so we can't really complain."
Eight points, as it was at the start of the weekend, split the top two in the standings as the drivers left Kent. Tristan Cliffe has sprung himself into the title race and is now just over one win back in third. Set up changes are required as F3 Cup heads to Silverstone to try match the pace of Cliffe, according to Powell.
"We were struggling for gearing," Powell explained. "We changed it before qualifying and it improved it slightly but not enough. I think we've got a few too long gears in there. The car went off slightly near the end with a bit of oversteer. It's a disappointing weekend in terms of pace compared to Tristan.
"I know Silverstone well and we had a win last time out at Silverstone so I'm looking forward to getting back out there. I think we know the set-up for the car round there so we'll see how it goes."
The earlier trip to Silverstone was during Powell's purple patch this season: she took second in the opening race and her third win in four races in race two. There are just four rounds left this season, and eight race wins to fight for, so Powell will be looking to avoid a repeat of Brands Hatch GP when things move on to Northamptonshire.
Photo credit Jonathan Hatfield