Tough battle for podium spots between Powell and Hamilton-Smith

Championship leader Alice Powell held on from a rapid Louis Hamilton-Smith to secure yet another podium to retain her spot on top of the standings. Hamilton-Smith's podium haul is now just as impressive, marking his ninth for his 2013 campaign.

Championship leader Alice Powell held on from a rapid Louis Hamilton-Smith to secure yet another podium to retain her spot on top of the standings. Hamilton-Smith's podium haul is now just as impressive, marking his ninth for his 2013 campaign.

As Alex Craven streaked away to win, Powell was more relieved to get to the flag in second. "[The result's] Not too bad, it's not what we wanted really." she conceded. "We're struggling with the car, and the rotation isn't right. We should have come here to do some testing really. Because it's a mono shock car we're struggling in the corners and down the straights and I'm like a sitting duck up towards Macleans."

Powell succumbed to Cliffe before he made at mistake at Coppice and retired among the gravel. Powell then had the looming sight of Louis Hamilton-Smith's yellow Eyehub F3 Dallara filling her mirrors, who was trying hard to find a way through.

"I didn't make a great start and just held position following the cars ahead." Hamilton-Smith said. "I struggled to get past Alice as she was a bit quicker in places out of some of the corners. Overall the car's pretty quick and managed to put in the fastest lap so I was quite happy with that.

"I had a couple of looks but she blocked them and was quite defensive. I was expecting that. I wanted try and get it or put a quicker lap time so I backed off into some clear air."

That fastest lap gives him pole, while Powell will line up fourth alongside race one winner Alex Craven on row two. But, the Mark Bailey Racing driver had the best of the race one starts, and is relying on another if she's to keep up her consistent results.

"It's going to another tough race starting fourth. My starts are fine, it's just everything else really compared to the other car which seem pretty stuck to the floor. We're making a few changes whether it's going to help or not. We need to get and do some work before the last round at Snetterton." Powell said.

Race two starts at 15:55, follow @F3Cup for live updates.