Knysna – The weekend saw Clare Vale take her Continental Tyre SA Subaru BRZ to its limits at the technical and exciting Jaguar Simola Hill Climb.
The event features some of the most powerful and fastest machinery in South Africa, ranging from specialist Hill Climb open wheelers to mighty Nissan GTR monsters, and is one of the most popular motorsport events of the year.
This was Clare’s 3rd entry in the Hill Climb, and after testing the water in 2016 and experiencing technical problems in 2017, she was determined to show the spectators what the turbo charged Subaru could do. This she did, with a best time of 48.0 seconds, good enough to earn her the title of Fastest Lady and raise quite a few eyebrows in the process.
The team has plenty of plans to make the car quicker in time for next year’s event. The #86BRZ is extremely versatile, having competed at the International Gymkhana Grid event in 2017, and with the support of Continental Tyre SA and Motul SA, the car has already become a crowd favourite.
Clare also raced as part of the Hillclimb Ladies’ Team, raising funds for the Knysna Sedgefield Hospice. Every year, the ladies work together to raise as much money as possible for this excellent cause.
Clare Vale on the event: ”We had a brilliant weekend in Knysna. The little Contintental Subaru was flying, and other than a small panic on Saturday morning when the key battery went flat, gave us not a moment of trouble. It will always be a huge challenge to win my B1 class, as it includes super fast cars like Dawie Joubert’s Lotus and Anton Cronje’s highly modified AWD Subaru. However, my car has loads of potential and we have plenty of time for improvement!
I love the extra motivation of racing for a good cause, and raising funds for Hospice while storming up the Hill is such a bonus for me. This is a lovely event and I’m looking forward to returning next year.”
Published by: Dirk Vale
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