Engen Xtreme Team moves through the field at Kyalami
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
With an action packed weekend and the last meeting before the drivers take a
two month break, the Engen Xtreme Team had a great showing at the popular
Kyalami circuit in Midrand on Saturday 5 June, 2010. Having both Engen
Audi's and Engen Polo Cup teams walking away with podium finishes.
Bridgestone Production Audi
Bridgestone Production Audi driver, Michael Stephen (A3) found it
challenging moving ahead of the turbo charged BMW, Nissan and Subaru's,
resulting in a seventh place finish for race one. Stephen held Audi
opponent, Johan Fourie (A4) at bay throughout the first race, seconds away
from almost claiming a sixth place finish. Audi team mate Tschops Sipuka
(A4) experienced the same challenges as Stephen, crossing the finish line
with eighth position in race one. However, Stephen and Tschops pushed harder
in race two, with both drivers moving up one place. This improvement put the
Engen Audi drivers in a good position for the third and final race, having
completed the 12 lap chase; Stephen achieved a hard earned third place
podium finish with an impressive fourth position finish for Sipuka.
Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup
Engen Polo driver, Miguel Pasqualli (5) really impressed his teammates by
claiming a third position finish in race one. Sitting right behind Pasqualli,
was team mate Kosie Weyers (6) revving his Polo engine to fourth place for
race one. Pasqualli is known for his successes on this renowned circuit and
confidently delivered on the expectations despite the mechanical
difficulties he experienced with his breaks, completing race two in second
position and unfortunately due to unexpected changes to the car, Weyers came
in at sixth place for race two.
The Engen Xtreme Team having experienced a few challenges along the way
thrived overall. Engen Audi driver, Sipuka moved his way up in the ranks and
claimed an overall fifth place for the day, with Stephen standing up on the
podium in third position.
A remarkable overall performance by Pasqualli, securing first place in the
veteran category and finishing second place overall for the day. Pasqualli
proudly comments: 'The team had a good day, we put in a lot of effort
despite the minor mechanical problems, we managed to finish second and look
forward to the next meeting at Phakisa'. After an eventful day, Weyers
concluded in sixth position having made some radical changes to his car by
changing the springs; he still managed a good showing.
Engen Xtreme Team Principal, Terry Moss believes that the team is on their
way up. Moss commented: 'We had a tough day and the result in the third race
with the Audi's gives us hope as well as a marked improvement in the Polo's.
We expecting the new and improved cars to be in action very soon and we will
certainly be a force to be reckoned with'. The team looks ahead to the
second half of the race calendar, which will commence in August at the newly
repaired Phakisa track.