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This weekend saw the first round of the 2014 Super Series take place at the Zwartkops Raceway near Pretoria.
This was the first race that Clare Vale has done in her RAM Mustang in over a year and she showed she still has a lot of pace on the main circuit. She qualified 7th for the first race in the V8 Supercar class of the Sports & GT race and despite being blocked at the start, Clare drove strongly to bring the RAM Mustang home 7th of the V8 contingent.
The second heat saw the first 6 cars reversed, with Clare starting from 7th place on the V8 grid. A steady drizzle greeted the drivers in the pre-race paddock, and with a lengthy delay while marshalls recovered a single seater from the barriers, the weather began to look ominous. Although the race started in relatively dry conditions, the drizzle turned to steady rain as the heat progressed and racing on slicks was a definite challenge. Unfortunately, Clare got stuck behind a blockade of three slithering Shelby Can-Am sports cars and ended the race 7th again, with 6th overall for the day.
Clare Vale on the race: ”It was great to be back behind the wheel of the RAM Mustang V8 Supercar again. It’s been a long break since my last circuit racing event, and it took a while to adjust, especially after concentrating on drifting for the last year. I enjoyed every moment and really started to get to grips with the car by the end of the first heat. I was really looking forward to race 2, but unfortunately not even my drifting skills could find a way past the group of Shelbys in front of me at every corner! All in all, I loved racing with the V8 drivers again and we’ll be back for more races this season.”