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MOTORSPORT: Time to get my 2014 plans sorted

Oxford Mail: Alice Powell Alice Powell

January is a strange time for racing drivers, because it starts to dawn on you that the season is fast-approaching and you need to get sorted.

I don’t have anything firmed up at the moment, as GP3 budgets are now more than £650,000-£700,000.

However, there are some other options that I am looking at and working at getting the sponsorship for.

The Autosport Show is a big feature in many driver’s January calendar, and was held last week.

It is one of, if not THE biggest motorsport shows.

Held at the NEC in Birmingham, it features nearly every level of motor racing, from Formula 1 to karting.

Another attractive feature of the show is the big endurance kart race, which I participated in.

It featured some celebrities from Coronation Street, Emmerdale, the music industry and the motorsport world.

This year, it was held in memory of British driver Dan Wheldon, who died in October 2011 after a bad IndyCar collision at the Las Vegas Speedway. He was 33.

IndyCar is the premier level of American open-wheel racing, and is very popular.

Dan was one of the best and most successful drivers, so his death came as a huge shock to the motor-racing world.

To participate in an event in his memory was a pleasure.

Not only was the race for Dan, but also to raise money for the Alzheimer’s charity, which is one close to my heart, as it is the Lewy Body dementia form that my grampie died from in late 2013.

The race was great fun, and I was in a team with a few other girls from the motorsport world.

I did the last part of qualifying and managed to put us third on the grid.

I then started the race and kept us in third when I came in to change drivers.

We eventually finished a very solid ninth, having also set the fastest lap.

It was a great day.

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