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17:15 GMT, Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Female racing driver honoured

Alice Powell receives her award from Sir Stirling Moss

A rising star in the world of motorsport has struck gold at Europe's leading racing car show.

Alice Powell, 16, scooped the coveted BWRDC GoldStars award - presented to her by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss - at the Autosport International show last weekend.

In front of TV crews, an army of photographers and a huge crowd surrounding the British Women's Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC) stand, the highly talented Formula Renault driver stepped forward to accept the GoldStars 'Elite' category Award from Sir Stirling.

The prestigious award is presented on merit to a junior member who has shown the capability of, and aspires to become, a professional driver.

Alice, who lives in Chipping Norton and goes to The Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water, became the youngest ever female driver in the Michelin Formula Renault UK Championship in 2009.

The 150mph single-seater race series often provides a stepping stone to Formula 1.

She said: "When I heard my name read out, I thought 'Wow'! And to have Stirling Moss present the award it's just fantastic!

"Amazing! It's really, really good that I've won this award.

"It means a lot to me, to have such a great club like the BWRDC.

"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."

"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."




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Alice Powell
British Women's Racing Drivers Club


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