Naude goes a gear up for 2020
By Khuthala Nandipha
East London race driver Amy Naude (18) wants to 'push-things-a-gear-up' for the 2020 season and compete in the 2.1 modified class all the way to the national championships. However, she is aware that stock car racing is an expensive sport that gets more costly as a driver goes a class up.
She had an amazing run in the 2019 season coming first in the Victory Raceway, racing in the Junior Hot Rods class. In the Oudtshoorn Motorklub, she came third in the Pink Divas class for women racers with frame cars. Her club achievements in the Junior Hot Rods class have been nothing outside the top three performers for twelve races, coming first in at least seven races.
The Grade 12 Clarendon learner is appealing to the Eastern Cape community to help her realise her dream; to take on the best drivers and win championships. The Border Stock Car Association Club member started racing in 2011, aged nine driving a Mini. She progressed to VW Golfs and currently drives a Corsa frame car with a Mazda motor.
“I have grown up around the stock car track, it is my second home. Being a female involved in this sport is not as difficult as society thinks. We are there to show society that we can conquer and we do have power. It is an addiction that no one understands and there is no cure for it, giving up is not an option. There are many out of town events which every racer dreams to take part in but high costs are involved to travel. I am looking for any form of sponsorship for the 2020 stock car racing season,” said the teen.
Racing is a Naude family passion with Amy’s sister Carla Naude (17) also racing for the same club. Her parents and grandfather were either drivers or involved in club management.
Her first race of the year will be on January 25 in East London.