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Chloe Stuart consistently improved her single-lap pace this past weekend (10-11 May) in Round 3 of the 2024 DOE Formula Vee Partnered with CIM Lubricants Championship held at Red Star Raceway.

Friday’s practice sessions resulted in a four-second gain, leaving the female Victron Energy South Africa brand ambassador eager for the business end of the weekend, which started with Qualifying on Saturday morning. In this session, she recorded 10th place on the Race 1 grid.

Stuart looked competitive in the day’s first race, setting her best time of 2:11.563 on the penultimate lap, nearly 5.5 seconds better than 24 hours earlier and while competing in the team’s spare car. However, the engine, which already had a lifespan of four years, expired on the last lap. While not going the total distance, she was classified in 13th place.

With time between races limited and no extra engine available, Stuart had to withdraw from the remainder of the day.

“We made significant improvements by the session.” Said Stuart. “While having competed here before, it is a totally different ball game in the Formula Vee, but we took the challenge and had a confidence-building practice day. On Saturday, I felt competitive in the first race, but sadly, the engine did not go the distance. Regardless, the positives from the weekend outweigh everything else, and we are definitely on the right track.”

Tromp’s next DOE Formula Vee Partnered with CIM Lubricants outing will be Round 4 of the 2024 Championship, held at Zwartkops Raceway on 7-8 June.

Issued by Brandsponential on behalf of Victron Energy South Africa

Picture Caption: Chloe Stuart
Photograph by: James Thomson

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