Powell hoping the Rockingham rain returns

Gale Force Racing's Alice Powell admits she wants rain for rounds five and six at Rockingham Motor Speedway after mastering the wet conditions in qualifying. Her pole position makes her the first driver to deny Toby Sowery the first gridslot in 2014.

Gale Force Racing's Alice Powell admits she wants rain for rounds five and six at Rockingham Motor Speedway after mastering the wet conditions in qualifying. Her pole position ends Toby Sowery's dominant 2014 qualifying run.  

"It was my first time in the wet at Rockingham, I just went out and gave it my best shot." Powell explained.

"The guys did a great job with the car. I like the wet anyway so I'm hoping it will be a wet all weekend. We'll just have to wait and see.

"The session went really quickly, but I couldn't really ask for more. I'm looking forward to the races; it will be interesting to see how we get on if it's dry. We'll just go from there."

Powell spent much of the early session on provisional pole until Oliver Rae dropped her into second, just as Lee Morgan's spin brought the session to a temporary close. On the resumption, she was instantly on the pace and went quickest as the rain eased.

"The break allowed it to dry. I was quite surprised when we went back out and I really noticed the difference with the revs coming out of the corners."

The Rockingham podium has already welcomed Powell in 2014 but she played down the benefits of her recent experience of the unique Corby track.

"We used a different configuration, some of it was the same, some of it wasn't. The first half of the lap is the same, the middle bit's different and the end's the same.

"It might have helped a little bit but it wasn't wet then. It was my first time in the wet here and it was quite slippery.

"It was good, I just hope it's wet!" she added with a laugh.

Read the full report of qualifying here.

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