Powell on pole for F3 Cup opener at Oulton Park

Alice Powell stormed to pole position this morning (Monday) for the first F3 Cup round of the season at Oulton Park.

Alice Powell stormed to pole position this morning (Monday) for the first F3 Cup round of the season at Oulton Park.

The former GP3 racer, driving for Mark Bailey Racing was consistently the fastest throughout the session, ultimately finishing 1.3 seconds clear of the field.

The next four drivers on the grid were much closer. James Cross (AW Tracksport) showed encouraging pace to qualify second, only 0.019s ahead of series debutant Henry Chart (Enigma Motorsport).

Alex Craven (Lanan Racing) was fourth, just 0.074s behind Chart, with Mark Harrison fifth, and only 0.013s behind Craven. Ex-Formula Ford driver Olly Rae (Enigma Motorsport) completed the top six and was the fastest Trophy 01 class runner.

Robbie Watts showed a decent turn of pace to qualify seventh in his Raw Power Motorspot Dallara F306, ahead of Tristan Cliffe's Omicron Motorsport Dallara F307.

Lanan Racing's Gino Ussi was ninth in his Dallara F305, while Dave Karaskas completed the top ten with his Dallara F301.

F3 Cup Qualifying - Oulton Park

  1. Alice Powell, Mark Bailey Racing, 1m32.529s
  2. James Cross, AW Tracksport, +1.348s
  3. Henry Chart, Enigma Motorsport, +1.367s
  4. Alex Craven, Lanan Racing, +1.442s
  5. Mark Harrison, Magic Motorsport, +1.455s
  6. Olly Rae, Enigma Motorsport, +2.418s
  7. Robbie Watts, Raw Power Motorsport, +2.419s
  8. Tristan Cliffe, Omicron Motorsport, +2.697s
  9. Gino Ussi, Lanan Racing, +5.003s
  10. Dave Karaskas, Dave Karaskas Racing, +5.082s
  11. Neil Harrison, Magic Motorsport, +9.669s
  12. Nick Robinson, Performance Packaging UK Ltd/Mark Bailey Racing, +10.121s
  13. Chis Needham, DST Group Limited, +11.277s
  14. Tony Bishop, Hardall Holdings/AW Tracksport, +13.067s
  15. Stuart Wiltshire, JSM Construction Ltd/Mark Bailey Racing, +13.870s

The first F3 Cup race of the season takes place at 12.15 at Oulton Park today (Monday 1 April). Tickets are available on the gate for £22 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.