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TASMIN CONQUERS NORISRING

Street fighter Pepper comes good

Tasmin Pepper showed what she is made of by overcoming a difficult qualifying and driving smart to bring home her fourth W Series Women’s World Championship top ten finish against the odds at Germany’s unforgiving Norisring street race on Saturday. Pepper was delighted to redeem some points from a weekend that showed so much promise, but ultimately proved a pretty tough nut to crack.
“This weekend never quite went the way it should have,” Tasmin explained. “I’m happy to walk away with some points, but still disappointed as what could have been — opening practice was really good Friday morning and gave me some confidence going into the rest of the weekend, but I had brake issues in second practice to leave me struggling to be confident on the brakes going into qualifying.
“The team did all it could to try find the issue, but the problem was still there in qualifying and I had to play it a little safe and could only put it 11th on the grid. “I made a good start but Turn 1 was hectic — I was in the thick of it and bumped around a bit, but made it but through and moved my way forward from there.
The car wasn’t quite the same after that, but I pushed hard to finish eighth and grab a few more much needed points for the championship, where I am now sitting 8th. “Hey, I’m disappointed, I am also happy with the progress I made on Friday morning and looking forward to the next round Assen in Holland in two weeks, where I’ll be aiming for that top 5 finish at last!”