The only woman on the race track

The only woman on the race track

On New Zealand race tracks, competition doesn't get much tougher than the NZ Touring Car Champs.

The competition can be rough on the men who enter.  This year, there's only one woman behind the wheel -- Dunedin V8 driver Alyssa Clapperton.

Ms Clapperton first got a taste for the track at the age of nine, when her dad Ian bought her a go-kart.

Now at the age of 20, Ms Clapperton is faster than her dad. She says he father took a few days to get used to the idea of being beaten, "but it was very cool to be racing with him."

Ms Clapperton's dream is to head to Europe to race professionally.

But it's an expensive hobby and an expensive dream. Her car alone cost $30,000.

Ms Clapperton's raising money by baking cheese rolls. So far she's sold 24,000 scones, making $12 000.

Just don't ask what she puts in the cheese rolls -- "it's a very secret recipe."

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