F3 Cup runner-up retains Rising Star

Alice Powell’s disappointment of missing out on the 2013 F3 Cup title has been eased after it was confirmed she will retain BRDC Rising Star status for another year.

Alice Powell's disappointment of missing out on the 2013 F3 Cup title has been eased after it was confirmed she will retain BRDC Rising Star status for another year.

The award ensures she remains among the company of the UK's most promising young racers, including drivers such as Aston Martin protégé Richie Stanaway and GT champion and new BTCC racer Glynn Geddie.

Unlike new Rising Stars such as fellow MSVR competitors Bradley Smith, Jake Hughes and Charlie Robertson, there was no nerve-wracking interview to endure; a year of impressive pace and performances is all that was required.

"I was already a BRDC Rising Star last year so I was just told I was going to be one this year which is good. Stuart from the BRDC sends the message to tell you you've become a Rising Star and it's always a nice message to receive." Powell said.

"The BRDC do a great job promoting anyone in motorsport, male or female. It's a great club to be a part of and they're very supportive as well. It's great to be associated with some good drivers."

Powell claimed five wins in F3 Cup last season, leading the championship until the final two rounds. Her season ended with a return to GP3 with Bamboo Engineering at Abu-Dhabi, a week after Alex Craven had pipped her to the F3 Cup crown by 11 points.

"Some of the cars I drove we didn't have the best of results but the speed was always there. The results just didn't show." She admitted. "The BRDC take everything into account, they don't think 'you came last so you must be rubbish', they take everything else into account. You have to keep them updated through the year."

Powell looks set to be a major part of Gale Force Racing in 2014, a new team that has evolved from Mark Bailey stepping aside from his title-winning squad. She may be seen in the cockpit of her Dallara, but the focus is on coaching her team-mates this season and attempting to return to the international scene.

"The car is available with Gale Force Racing, which is a new team but kind of not as it basically just doesn't feature the Baileys! The others will be the same, we'll see how it goes and it's a good car that's been well maintained by the team. I'll hopefully be at the races coaching Stuart and Nick and whoever else is in the team. It should be fun and hopefully we can get them further up the grid. I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm not too sure of my own plans yet, I'm working on a few different things but it's a bit quiet at the minute. The budget for GP3 has gone up even more but there are a few options I'm working on, and some things that can happen later on in the year as well. We're kind of keeping things open at the minute.

"It will be nice to be part of the BRDC again this year though and I hope I can do them proud."

Drivers hoping to follow in Powell's footsteps by experiencing F3 machinery in F3 Cup can register for the championship by downloading these forms.

Interested drivers should contact coordinator Simon Davey for more information by calling 07770 368648 or emailing f3cup@msvracing.co.uk.

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Hatfield