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Powell flying high after weekend to savour

Oxford Mail: Alice Powell on the podium after two victories in the F3 Cup at Rockingham Picture: Jonathan Hatfield Alice Powell on the podium after two victories in the F3 Cup at Rockingham Picture: Jonathan Hatfield

Alice Powell is in the hunt for more success after completing an amazing weekend.

On Sunday, the Oxfordshire driver recorded a double win at Rockingham, near Corby, just 24 hours after she got through the next stage of selection for the GB Skeleton bobsleigh team.

Powell, 21, from Sarsden, near Chipping Norton, twice got the better of championship leader Toby Sowery to end his winning run in the F3 Cup.

She had been due to compete at Silverstone, but a change of plan saw her switch tracks and race for Gale Force Racing.

“It all changed at the last minute and I ended up going to Rockingham,” said Powell.

“It was really good and I didn’t expect to do so well. It was great to get the team a maiden win. There was a lots of very close racing, which made it exciting.”

It followed her previous fine effort at Rockingham where she finished third in the Cooper Tires British F3 International series.

But Powell admitted that the news from the bobsleigh team had come as a complete shock.

She added: “I didn’t expect to get through. They said they would send us an email last week, but I hadn’t heard anything.

“But on Saturday, my phone started bleeping.

“I was thinking ‘who is sending me an email at this time’? So I was delighted when it said I had made it through to the next stage.

“I think it’s down from 600 to between 100 and 120 people. They haven’t told us what’s next.

“I’m now hoping for another email. I think they let you know at the end of July.

“I’ll just have to keep up the training and see what happens.”

Powell is next in action on the track in June when she takes part in the Formula Renault Asia Series in China.

4.40pm UPDATE: Queues beginning on A34 this evening due to Kennington roundabout work

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

4:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

TRAFFIC is starting to build up back on to the A34 because of the new contraflow on the Southern Bypass because of the Kennington roundabout work.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: French rues just missing out on gold medal

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 28th July 2014

Matt French admitted he had been unlucky to secure only a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.

Watch: Didcot's tumbling towers - A dawn chorus of excitement as Didcot's skyline changes forever + video

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 28th July 2014

FIFTY years of history – gone in 15 seconds. Despite Didcot’s sadness at seeing its cooling towers sink to the ground, there was applause and cheering when the moment arrived.

Hundreds join protest against Gaza war

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

OPPONENTS of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip took to the streets of Oxford in support of victims of the conflict.

William, 4, is lining up for charity sports fest

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A FOUR-year-old will take on a triathlon to raise money for the hospital ward that saved his life.

Update: Man in Blackbird Leys 'hit by car after argument with woman'

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:49am Monday 28th July 2014

A SILVER car mounted the pavement and hit a man in Blackbird Leys after he had been arguing with a woman, police have said. 

Comic Dom Joly is to remember a fallen ‘Dragon’

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Monday 28th July 2014

Comic Dom Joly to remember fallen Oxford Dragon School pupil

Schools told 'stop hoarding or we will claw back cash'

Oxford Mail:

5:59pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOLS have been warned they should stop hoarding the £18m they have in reserves and “spend on today’s children”.

‘Gutted: My businesses has been wrecked by arsonists’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 28th July 2014

A TYRE business owner said he was “gutted” after his workshop was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

Two charged after stand-off between far-right group and ant-fascists

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 28th July 2014

FOUR people were arrested after protests in Oxford on Saturday.

Music festival is a real family affair

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people gathered on a meadow in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to dance in the sun at the county’s biggest free music festival.

‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

RESIDENTS risk being denied a hip replacement because Oxfordshire NHS bosses are ignoring national guidance and taking patients’ weight into account, leading surgeons have warned.

Special service to honour Pioneers before final town parade

Oxford Mail:

12:36pm Sunday 27th July 2014

HUNDREDS of people gathered for a service in Bicester this morning to bid farewell to a regiment that has been part of the town for 70 years.

Update: 'National Front' protest and counter-protest spark disturbance at Gloucester Green bus station

Oxford Mail:

1:32pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THREE people have been arrested after protesters clashed at Gloucester Green bus station.

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