Powell calm and ready to “go for it”
Season-long championship leader Alice Powell is in relaxed mood ahead of the deciding final round the season at Snetterton on 26/27 October.
Season-long championship leader Alice Powell is in relaxed mood ahead of the deciding final round the season at Snetterton on 26/27 October and hoping to call on her previous championship-winning experience to help her to the title.
The Mark Bailey Racing front-runner had been on top of the standings since round one, when she took a dominant double win at Oulton Park. The winning introduction to F3 came as a surprise to the Chipping Norton racer after limited time in the driving seat in pre-season.
"We had a really strong start to the season. I didn't do any testing in F3 over the winter, in fact I didn't really do any testing in anything apart from racing in India. I came into the start of the season not really knowing what to expect but we had domination in effect at Oulton." Powell said.
"It's slowly closed up and it's a shame Henry couldn't have been in the battle. He's had a lot of problems but without them it would have been a four-way scrap instead of three. It's been a good scrap anyway."
The three-way title fight comes to a head in Norfolk with Powell three points back from new championship leader Alex Craven. After dropped scores the top two draw level on points, with Tristan Cliffe less than a race win back in third. Matching Craven's weekend will give her the title, and Powell says she's looking forward to the challenge.
"It's always good to have a title showdown that comes down right to the wire. Obviously we've not been as strong as we were at the start of the season, we've lost our way a little bit with the car and everyone else has caught up.
"It's a shame that there was such a long gap between Donington and this last round but I'm really looking forward to getting back on track. Obviously we're aiming to win the title but anything can happen. We need to keep our feet on the ground, we seem to have found something in the car and we might be able to pull something out of the bag."
Leicestershire's Donington Park hosted the last round of F3 Cup, and Powell had a mixed weekend that handed Craven the championship lead, the first time she'd been off the top all season.
"We didn't have the Donington that we would have liked to have had but we've effectively just got to go for it at Snetterton. I do like Snetterton which is lucky, to go to a track that you like, and I don't mind if it's wet or dry. I quite fancy a wet race, if it's wet it will be quite fun I don't really mind with the weather I'm just looking forward to it."
The last trip to Snetterton was something of a disaster for Powell as she failed to finish either race, but she doesn't believe that will have an effect.
"I'm looking for some nice clean battles at Snetterton; I'm not worried about it at all you've just got to move on."
The title fight is guaranteed to be decided in the final race, such is the closeness at the top. Powell believes her successful BARC Formula Renault campaign in 2010 could give her the edge.
"I've been in a championship fight before. When I did Formula Renault BARC we had problems in qualifying and we didn't qualify where we wanted to be [but] I went out and got a win and a second in the races. I'm as calm as anything, it's not a problem for me to have the pressure of winning the title. I quite like it and I'm just looking forward to the weekend."
The final qualifying session of the season is set to start at 10:55 on Saturday 26 October ahead of the opening race at 16:30. The final deciding race of the season starts at 13:40 on Sunday 27 October.
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