Renee Gracie’s brutal truth for haters after return to motorsport, documentary into her life

For Renee Gracie, motorsport is not just a part-time hobby.

The former Supercars driver and current adult entertainer made her big comeback to racing last year after a six-year break from the sport.

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The 29-year-old faces constant criticism from car enthusiasts, with social media users quick to try to defame Gracie’s return behind the wheel.

But in the recently released documentary about Stan, the world gets a behind-the-scenes look at her life. Revealed – Renee Gracie: FireproofGracie has a hope that takes the audience along.

“I hope people see and understand that I have had and always had a passion for motorsport. And I have really dedicated my whole life to motorsport,” Gracie told news.com.au.

Gracie’s first appearance in motorsport was anything but pleasant, because the talented driver was – contrary to what many might have thought – “treated unfairly”.

“People assume that as a woman in motorsport, everything in life was handed to me on a silver platter. But the opposite was the case,” she said.

“I was not treated fairly. I missed a lot of opportunities.

“That ultimately led me to the decision that I don’t want to be here anymore. I don’t want to do this anymore.

“This is no longer for me. And this place where I work, this industry I am in, is no longer my love, passion and desire.”

But after I gave up the sport, the fire continued to burn and the decision to return was not a spontaneous overnight decision.

Gracie’s return to the wheel came after years of planning and ultimately led to her returning to racing as the boss of her own team.

When her return was announced, she was met with greater skepticism, but Gracie proved the doubters wrong by winning a championship title in her first season.

“I was already under so much criticism when I came back. We had to be strategic and that kind of played into my hands because I was competitive. And I showed people and I was in an older car and I was beating people in new cars,” Gracie said.

“I think that somehow added to the story, in addition to the fact that we obviously participated in the championship and won it.

“I think that was a really good, subtle way of saying to myself, ‘Yeah, you lit a fire in me, you made me come back. And not only that, I came back, I won the thing even though I wasn’t supposed to win it.'”

After winning the championship trophy in her return season, Gracie moved up to the GT World Challenge Australia Pro-Am series.

For Gracie, moving up to the higher class means switching to the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo 2. This change was made easier by the help of experienced co-driver Paul Stokell.

Stokell, 56, has extensive knowledge behind the wheel and has shared his knowledge as he learnt what the new car is capable of.

“The jump was huge. I’ve never done anything like that before,” Gracie said.

“These cars are just incredible. They’re fantastic. You can’t fault them. They’re challenging and difficult to drive, but they’re really fun. And they’re exactly what a race car should be.”

“Paul is incredible. I am convinced that Paul is one of the best riders in the field.

“He’s been a really invaluable part of my development. One of the best things that can happen to me is to learn from him, to use his 30 years of knowledge and to try to apply as much of it as possible.”

While this step up is not without its challenges, Gracie is simply looking to close the gap on her co-driver and continue to prove the doubters wrong and prove that she belongs in this sport.

“I definitely want to improve as a driver by getting used to these aerodynamic cars and trying to understand them a bit better,” she said.

“I think I’m close to making it.

“I feel like I’m close to unlocking the car’s full potential, but I’m not quite there yet. And I think once I do that, Paul and I will make a really good pairing. I’d love to get a similar time to Paul.

“I just want to make sure I never get into a situation like I was in before, where there’s so much background noise, things get away from me and I’m not the best rider I can be.

“And I think that’s one thing I definitely want to keep doing for the rest of the year and put everything else aside.”

Revealed – Renee Gracie: Fireproof was released on May 26th and can only be viewed on Stan.

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