As the opening round of the GP3 series draws closer, the final drivers announcements are being made. At Status, the series’ third female driver has found her place – Alice Powell. Unlike Jorda or Piria, Powell can claim race victories to her name. She was the first Formula Renault BARC female champion, and finished 9th last season in the Formula Renault UK championship ahead of Dan Wells, and only just behind her teammates Josh Hill and Jordan King. Certainly she is one of motor racing’s best female prospects, and despite her lack of experience she outperformed both other girls in the last GP3 test.
I don’t think she’s going to be a championship challenger, but she should pick up a few points.
Two days of testing have just taken place at Aragon, with Formula Renault UK runner-up Oliver Rowland (the winner of the Autosport McLaren BDRC Award) taking the fastest time overall. Alex Riberas was second-fastest, with Norman Nato third. All the fastest times were set this morning, with the track at optimum conditions for the cars. The first race gets underway at the start of May.
Several drivers missed the closing session in order to head to Hockenheim for this weekend’s opening round of the Formula Renault NEC. Other NEC drivers stayed for the final session. The NEC recently started a Twitter account where you can follow the progress of the series: @FR2NEC.
HRT reserve driver Dani Clos is set to replace Josef Kral at Addax for the second round of the series in Bahrain. No reason has been given for this change, though money is likely to have been a factor. Currently, Kral is the highest-placed driver in the championship who hasn’t scored a point. Last year Clos finished 9th in the GP2 championship; his results included two second-place finishes.
Dani Sordo is set to replace an injured Jari-Matti Latvala at the Argentinian round of the WRC. Latvala broke his collarbone in a skiing accident. Sordo, who has impressed for Prodrive in the Mini, is expected to take the Finn’s place at Ford but only for one round. Latvala is currently sixth in the championship, seven points ahead of Sordo (who has only competed in three rounds compared to Latvala’s four).