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Xtra - Spurs fan Alice revved for success

Thu 24 October 2013, 07:07|Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs fan Alice Powell will fight it out for the F3 Cup this weekend – taking another step on the path she hopes will one day lead to Formula One.

Alice created motorsport history in 2010 when she became the first female to win a Formula Renault race and Formula Renault Championship.

Now she’s level-pegging at the top of the F3 Cup standings going into the final round at the Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.

It’s been a rapid rise for Alice, who starting racing karts aged eight and is still only 20.

"I’m racing in F3 at the moment, but my ambition is of course to get to Formula One and be successful,” said Alice, who would love to follow in the footsteps of Susie Wolff, currently attached to FI team Williams.

“Susie has done a great job. She’s come from a series called DTM, regarded as being as competitive as Formula One and she’s a development driver at William F1.

“The doors aren’t quite open at the moment to step through into F1. Hopefully they will open for me.

“It will need a good manager and good investor to get behind a good female driver and take them up to Formula One. Hopefully that will be me. I’ve already beaten drivers who are competing in Formula One, so that proves I’m competitive enough to race at the top.”

Alice’s commitment to her sport takes all over the UK and Europe, but she always finds time for her beloved Spurs.

“During race season it is busy for me but I manage to get to a few games at White Hart Lane and a few away games as well,” she said. “I love coming to the Lane, love the atmosphere, love getting behind the lads.

“The first time I came here I remember it hitting me how big it was and the atmosphere as well. I went to Wembley with my family when I was younger and the atmosphere there was good, but not the same as at White Hart Lane.”

We first caught up with Alice in May - and her North London derby debut that March was still fresh in the memory.

“I absolutely loved it,” she recalled. “The atmosphere was something special that day.

“It was more nerve-wracking watching that game than sitting waiting for the start of a race. It was 2-1, the clock was ticking down and my heart was pumping!”

So back to the F3 Cup, and as we hope to secure a victory against Hull City on Sunday, Alice will know whether or not she’s achieved her goal.

Series rival Alex Craven drew level at the top in the last round at Donington Park after Alice suffered mechanical problems in the second race, finishing fifth.

She’s looking to bounce back in style - which will mean taking the title. “We have time to work on a few things and we have to stay positive,” she said. “It is going to be close, but I am so determined to win.”