Clare Vale (Drift Queen)

At the Kyalami race in November 2007, Clare Vale became the first lady racer to race in the premier national WesBank V8 Supercar series. In March of 2009 at the WesBank V8 race at Kyalami, she became the first lady racer to take pole as well as lead a V8 race. Clare also became the first lady racer to have a podium finish in WesBank V8 Supercar history: at the historic East London Grand Prix circuit Clare finished a podium 3rd place in October 2010.

She then moved to the drifting motorsport discipline, becoming the first female driver to participate in the Supadrift Series. After moving between circuit racing and drifting during the 2012 season, she has since been focusing on National drifting.

Her Mustangs produce serious muscle, 600hp and 450kW of power. These engines make the V8 Supercars the fastest saloon cars in the country, and Clare’s General Tire Drift Mustang is powered by the same engine, making it unique in South African drifting. The team has also developed a Subaru BRZ sponsored by Continental SA which will compete at the Knysna Hill Climb for the first time in 2016. This car will compete in a number of selected events during the year.

Clare won her first race during the Springbok series at the Killarney circuit in 2006, racing a Shelby Can-Am sports car. She has raced in the national Shelby Can-Am series as well in Production Cars Class A, in a Subaru STI. She has also raced a Porsche 917 in the International Sports Prototype class, finishing 2nd in the Championship in 2011 despite missing a number of races.

Off circuit, Clare is a director of The Truck Man in Boksburg, dealers in used trucks and trailers. She has taken on the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt as a personal cause and is a past President of MSA’s (Motorsport South Africa) Women in Motorsport Panel. She has been nominated twice for the Colin Watling Award for service to motorsport.

In 2010, she was appointed as a Road Safety Ambassador for the Road Safety Foundation and in 2011 was appointed as Chairperson of the Women in Road Safety Forum. She is an ambassador for Continental SA’s Vision Zero road safety initiative.

CEO Magazine awarded Clare their Regional Winner award for the SADC Region for achievement in the Sports Sector in 2014. She is a motorsport contributor to SA Hot Rods magazine, Wheels24 online and motoring journalist for the RunRideDive website.

Clare Vale’s sponsors include Continental Tyre SA, General Tire SA, ContiTech, Auto Glym, Liqui-Moly SA, Neo Tools, ATE and ZF Sachs.