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Alice Powell

Alice Powell
Alice Powell Oulton Park 2009 (1).JPG
Nationality British
Born (1993-01-26) 26 January 1993 (age 27)
Oxford, England
MRF Challenge career
Debut season2015-16
Car number11
Starts4
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Previous series
2014
2013
2012
2009, 2011
2010
2010
2009
2008
Asian Formula Renault Series
F3 Cup
GP3 Series
Formula Renault UK
Ginetta G50 Cup
Formula Renault BARC
Formula Palmer Audi
Ginetta Junior Championship
Championship titles
2010
2014
Formula Renault BARC
Asian Formula Renault Series
Awards
2010
2011
BWRDC GoldStars Award
BWRDC GoldStars Elite

Alice Powell (born 26 January 1993) is a British racing driver. In 2010, she became the first woman to win a Formula Renault championship and in 2012 became the first woman to score points in the GP3 Series. In 2014, she returned to racing in Formula Renault and added to her championship victories by taking first place in the International Class of the 2014 Asian Formula Renault Series.

Racing career

Formula Renault

Powell was born in Oxford, England. She learned to drive at the age of six, and started her career in karting two years later.[1] In 2009, at 16, she drove in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship, becoming the youngest female driver in a Formula Renault race.[2] Powell finished the year as runner up for the Young Star Award at the Women of the Future Awards.[3] She was also awarded the British Women Racing Drivers Club GoldStars 'Elite' category Award.[4] Powell set a record in the fourth round of the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Championship by becoming the first woman to win a Formula Renault race in the UK,[3] and later in the year became the first woman to win a Formula Renault championship.[5] During the 2010 season Powell's race engineer was Sarah Shaw. Powell and Manor returned to the Formula Renault UK championship in 2011, but failed to win a race and finished the season in 9th place in the championship.

Powell returned to Formula Renault three years later, driving for FRD Motorsport in the International Class of the 2014 Asian Formula Renault Series. During the 11 race season Powell took five class victories, four of which were also outright race wins, and won the class.

GP3 Series

On 16 April 2012, after only two test days in the GP3 car, it was announced that Powell would drive for the Status Grand Prix team in the 2012 GP3 Series.[6] On 9 September that year she finished 8th in the 2012 Monza GP3 round sprint race, and in doing so became the first female points scorer since the inception of the GP3 Series in 2010.[7]

Formula 3

Powell competing in the MSV F3 Cup at Brands Hatch in 2013.

Powell joined F3 Cup for 2013 having been unable to continue in the GP3 Series.[8] She took part in the opening round of the 2013 British Formula 3 season at Silverstone, driving the Mark Bailey Racing run Dallara F306, which she also raced in the MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup.[9]

In the 2013 MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup, Powell finished second in the championship behind Alex Craven, having won five times during the season including three of the first four races.

Formula 1

On 12 November 2014 Powell was reported as trying to raise funds to drive a Caterham Formula One car, in a free practice session at the end of season Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[10] The Caterham team had gone into administration in October 2014 and had not attended the previous two Grands Prix.[11] It was later reported that Powell had abandoned the idea as it was unlikely that the appropriate superlicence could be obtained.[12]

Formula E

In 2020, it was announced that Powell, now an ambassador for Dare to Be Different, would take part in the Rookie Test after the 2020 Marrakesh ePrix, driving for Envision Virgin Racing, partnering Nick Cassidy.

MRF Challenge

Powell signed up to compete in the first race of the 2015-16 edition of the MRF Challenge. At the first round in Abu Dhabi, Powell scored four top ten finishes out of four races, with a best finish of eighth in the final race, after being out of single seaters for nearly a year.[13]

Commentary career

Powell joined the Sky Sports Formula 2 commentary team when the 2020 season resumed in July 2020, after delays and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Personal life

Powell attended The Cotswold School.[14] In 2013, she was included in the BBC series 100 Women.[15]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Tockwith Motorsport/Muzz Racing 24 0 0 0 4 326 9th
2009 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 0 0 0 0 88 18th
Formula Palmer Audi Motorsport Vision 3 0 0 0 0 33 25th
2010 Formula Renault BARC Hillspeed 12 2 2 0 7 288 1st
Ginetta G50 Cup Tockwith 14 0 0 0 0 163 16th
CDR 3 0 0 0 0
2011 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 0 0 0 0 258 9th
2012 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 0 0 0 0 1 19th
2013 MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup Mark Bailey Racing 18 5 1 11 8 396 2nd
British Formula 3 Championship - National B Class 3 2 2 3 2 0 NC+
GP3 Series Bamboo Engineering 2 0 0 0 0 0 31st
2014 Asian Formula Renault Series FRD Racing Team 11 5 5 1 9 242 1st
British Formula 3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 3 0 0 0 1 16 15th
MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup Mark Bailey Racing 4 2 1 1 4 116 11th
2015-16 MRF Challenge Formula 2000 MRF Racing 4 0 0 0 0 9 18th
2018-19 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Jaguar VIP Car 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC+
2019 W Series Hitech Grand Prix 6 1 0 0 4 76 3rd
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTD Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing 1 0 0 0 0 19 59th
2019-20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Jaguar ran racing eTROPHY Team Germany 10 0 0 1 2 70 4th

+ As Powell was a guest driver, she was ineligible for points. * Season still in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete W Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Points
2019 HOC
2
ZOL
3
MIS
Ret
NRM
Ret
ASS
2
BRH
1
3rd 76

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2019 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing GTD Acura NSX GT3 Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY SEB MDO DET WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR
12
LGA PET 59th 19

Complete Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 D.C. Points
2018-19 Jaguar VIP Car Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY G ADR
5
MEX HKG SYX RME PAR MCO BER NYC NYC NC+ 0
2019-20 Jaguar ran racing eTROPHY Team Germany Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY P ADR
33
ADR
33
MEX
85
BER
65
BER
76
BER
55
BER
55
BER
106
BER
55
BER
44
4th 70

+ As Powell was a guest driver, she was ineligible for points.

References

  1. ^ "F1 is Alice's wonderland". The Oxford Times. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Gloucestershire racer Alice Powell sets another record". BBC News. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Award for teenage racing driver". BBC News. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Female racing driver honoured". BBC News. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Alice Powell wins Formula Renault BARC title". Girlracer. 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Status Grand Prix sign Alice Powell". GP3Series.com. 16 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Ellinas wins as Evans becomes Champion". GP3Series.com. GP2 Motorsport Ltd. 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "GP3 racer Alice Powell signs up for 2013 F3 Cup". MotorSport Vision Formula Three Cup. Motorsport Vision. 20 March 2013. Archived from the original on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "British F3 lines up for super Silverstone start". British Formula 3 Championship. Stéphane Ratel Organisation. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Alice Powell hopeful of Caterham F1 debut in Abu Dhabi". BBC Sport. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Caterham F1 manufacturer goes into administration". BBC Sport. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Caterham to race in Abu Dhabi finale after fundraising success". BBC Sport. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Abu Dhabi MRF Challenge: Fittipaldi wins finale, Calderon beats Reddy for second". motorsport.com. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Racing driver Alice Powell receives top award". BBC Gloucestershire. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Who are the 100 Women 2014?". BBC. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 2016.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kieren Clark
Formula Renault BARC
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Dino Zamparelli
Preceded by
Julio Acosta
Asian Formula Renault Series
Champion

2014
Succeeded by
Dan Wells

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