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Round 3 of the 2024 Astron Energy Polo Cup Championship was a coming-of-age performance for the only female driver in the field. Coached by one of South Africa’s best female drivers in recent years, Tasmin Pepper, young Tyler Robinson put in her best season performance so far at the first of two visits to Zwartkops Raceway as part of the Extreme Festival.

Despite facing initial challenges in the 2024 season, Tyler’s unwavering determination and relentless work ethic propelled her back into the championship race. Her resilience and hard work culminated in a commendable performance at Round 3, a testament to her character and potential.

During the three practice sessions on Friday, Tyler, a former FIA Girls on Track—Rising Stars finalist, demonstrated her resolve despite the interruptions caused by red flags. Her strategic approach and unwavering focus during the afternoon’s qualifying session led to a calculated drive, securing her a fourth-place finish and a spot in the Superpole Shootout securing third. This success set the stage for an exhilarating opening race on Saturday.

The AF Fans / Universal Motorsport driver made a solid start but lost a position to the driver on her inside. The Gauteng teenager maintained her position throughout the race, crossing the finish line just off the podium to finish fourth. Race 2 would see the former karter start from fifth ahead of another action-filled Polo Cup race. Able to maintain her position off the line, she slotted into position only to err a lap later when she ran wide through Turn 4, losing momentum and being passed by two competitors. She maintained that position across the finish line. Despite her pace in Race 3, Tyler recorded a DNF after contact forced her to retire with a lap remaining.

“While my day did not end well, I am pleased with our progress and pace this weekend. We were quick throughout Friday and had a decent pace in the races. The team deserve all the credit for doing such a stellar job. With it being such a closely contested class, the slightest mistake can cost you, and I lost a position or two. Starting in the midpack for Race 3 was never ideal, as it is challenging to pass here. I was, however, making progress when I was involved in an incident which I believe could have been avoided. A big thank you to everyone for their support this weekend,” said Tyler.

Round 4 of the championship heads to the Aldo Scribante Racetrack in Gqeberha on 28-29 June.

Tyler thanks AF Fans, Freem, RKT Motorsport, Apex Gaming and Universal Motorsport.

Published by: Motorsport Fanatix

Picture Caption: Tyler Robinson

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