Award-winning SA motorsport icon Clare Vale, Clare Vale, has been nominated for the prestigious Colin Watling Award, which recognises significant contribution and achievement by a non-competitor in motor sport.
The winner will be announced at a special function in Johannesburg on February 26.
In addition her stand-out performances on the Wesbank series raceways around South Africa and her leading position among SA’s top women racers, Vale is also chairperson of the Women in Road Safety Forum, which organised a highly successful road safety campaign over the December holiday period.
Vale has worked tirelessly to encourage women to race and to achieve the best results they can.
In 2011 Vale launched the Women in Road Safety forum, a gathering of influential and powerful women in motoring dedicated to highlighting the need for more to be done in promoting road safety.
She is a successful fundraiser for worthy causes, and uses motor sport as a vehicle to achieve this. She has become an effective ambassador for motorsport, and is much more than a racing driver.
Speaking to gsport, Vale said: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for the Colin Watling Award – one only has to look at the calibre of previous winners and nominees to understand just how prestigious it is.
“There are so many people who work tirelessly (often thanklessly!) for the benefit of motorsport, so for me it’s very humbling to receive a second nomination.
“I’m passionate about motorsport and feel it’s a privilege to participate – I think we all have a responsibility to help build our sport, and this nomination motivates me to do even more. A big thank you to Bridgestone SA and the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists for their continuous support of this great initiative!”