Engen Xtreme Team brings home a podium finish from Phakisa
Friday, 20 August 2010
Engen Xtreme Team raced off to Phakisa raceway for round five of the WesBank
Super Series which took place on Saturday 14 August, 2010 in Welkom. Having
shown good pace in pre race preparation and qualifying, the team
unfortunately were unable to convert this into the expected results on race
day as mechanical and racing incidents put pay to receiving any silverware.
Bridgestone Production Audi
With an exciting start to race one, Engen Xtreme Audi driver, Michael
Stephen (A3) led the pack alongside competitor, Johan Fourie. Without any
technical difficulties, Stephen moved through the fields swiftly, completing
the race one in a well-deserved second place. However Engen Audi teammate,
Tschops Sipuka found himself in a competitive position with GP2 driver,
Adrian Zaugg with the two cars sitting at bay with each other touching on
turn three and resulting in Zaugg spinning off and leaving Sipuka with
damage to his radiator and forcing him to retire in race one.
With a fifth position start on the grid, Stephen showed promise and held a
good pace throughout the second race, holding off tight competition and
crossing the finish line in fourth position.
In the race three, Stephen experienced losing power with his Audi and by the
eighth lap the Engen Xtreme stalwart was forced to retire as a result of his
engine cutting out.
Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup
Engen Xtreme Polo driver, Kosie Weyers (6) showed top form at the Phakisa
meeting, securing a second place finish in race one. In the opening stages
of race one, Engen Xtreme teammate, Miguel Pasqualli (5) found himself in a
difficult situation when his accelerator cable chose an inconvenient moment
to disconnect itself from the engine, which made his performance in the race
inconsistent and resulted in an 18th place finish.
Overall the Engen Xtreme Team showed great determination, despite all the
mechanical difficulties. Stephen finished in 10th position for the day but
still managed to hold his third place position in the championship log, with
Sipuka sitting in 9th position.
A remarkable overall performance by Weyers, claiming third place overall for
the day. Weyers showed his mettle in all the races and has worked his way
into third place in the championships. After a challenging day, Pasqualli
finished overall in 17th place and still holds first place in the Masters
The Engen Xtreme Team moves ahead to Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria for round
six of the 2010 championship on Saturday 11 September, 2010.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital continues to form part of
Engen's 'Racing for Red' initiative where a generous amount of R130 is
donated for every point the drivers score during the race. To date, the team
scored 344 points moving this season's 'Racing for Red' campaign up to R44
So far, the overall fundraising campaign has donated more than R700 000
with an aim to raise 'R1 million by 2010' across all of Engen's sport
|Bridgestone Productions Cars Engen Volkswagen Cup
|1. Michael Stephen - 3rd place
||3. Kosie Weyers – 3rd place
|2. Tschops Sipuka - 9th place
||4.Miguel Pasqualli (Masters) – 1st place