Port Shepstone – Round 4 of the SupaDrift Championship saw Clare Vale travelling to the Dezzi Circuit in Port Shepstone with her V8 powered Liqui-Moly Mustang. The Liqui-Moly team had worked hard to modify the car’s front suspension after the problems picked up at the Zwartkops round, and a quick test on the Thursday night before the event was encouraging.
Friday’s practice went very well, despite the fact that the gear ratios in the Mustang make the long drifts at Dezzi a challenge. However, on Saturday the team noticed that the left front upright had moved out of alignment and into positive camber. Unfortunately this could not be fixed at the track, and Clare had to find a way to drive around the problem.
Despite Clare’s best efforts, she just missed out on qualifying, but the crowd loved the sound of the Thoroughbred Ford Racing V8 powering sideways through the corners, and many people were disappointed not to see the Liqui-Moly Mustang out in the tandem runs.
Clare Vale on the event: “We did some long overdue modifications to the front suspension after Zwartkops, only finishing on Thursday afternoon – we nearly didn’t make it to this event at all! The car worked really well on Friday, and it’s a pity that we didn’t have better qualifying results on Saturday. We have a lengthy break before the next round, and we’re going to use the time to complete the suspension mods and finally change the gear ratios in the Jerico box. This will make a huge difference to our Supadrift performances and we fully intend to make the judges sit up and take notice!”