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Award for teenage racing driver

Alice Powell
Alice Powell's ambition is to drive in Formula 1

A local racing driver teenager has been honoured at the 2009 Women of the Future Awards.

Sixteen-year-old Alice Powell was named runner up in the Young Star Award category at the awards ceremony in London.

Alice, who attends the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, said: "It's a real honour to get recognition.

"Few women have made it in motorsport and no-one has made a real impact in F1 - that is my ambition.

"I think the time is right. If a girl is out there doing well then more women would watch Formula 1 - it would definitely make it more exciting."

Alice continued: "I'd like to be a role model for girls entering motor sport.

"A successful woman in motor sport would be a true ambassador for the sport and women wanting to enter it and do well.

"I am breaking new ground and would like to do for motor sport what Ellen MacArthur has done for sailing."

Alice Powell
Alice (centre) with award winners Ruth Amos and Georgia Groome

Founded by writer and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani OBE and Caspian Publishing, and supported by Shell, the Women of the Future Awards were established to identify Britain's talented young women aged 35 and under, who are set to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Now in their fourth year, previous winners include Melody Hossaini, co-founder of the UK Youth Parliament, soloist ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson and television presenter and writer, Dawn Porter.

At last night's ceremony, David Cameron delivered a speech on the vital role of women in the UK.

Cherie Blair, a long-standing patron of the awards, presented the award for the Business Woman of the Future category.


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