Engen Xtreme team aiming for strong performance at East London Grand Prix

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Engen Xtreme Team is gearing up for more thrilling action at the East London Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 30 October 2010. This challenging circuit has proved to be a successful track for the drivers of the Xtreme Team, which saw them achieving top results in previous years.

After taking great strides at Killarney earlier this month the team now stands a better chance of landing the coveted championship title. The Engen Xtreme Team was in top-form in the Cape and achieved great race results.

Stephen finished second overall for the day, and Sipuka claimed his best result of the year by taking third place. Stephen is still in with a chance to land the championship and managed to keep a tight grip on third position on the log. Sipuka seems to be working his way up and closing the gap on his main contenders. He currently sits in tenth position on the log while. Pasqualli still leads the Masters Category and finished the race day in eighth place with Weyers in fifth place.

The highlight of the Killarney meeting for the Engen Xtreme Team was in race two as they got off to a perfect start. Sipuka took the lead and was followed closely by Stephen, while some action took place behind the pair on the opening lap and allowed Sipuka and Stephen to get away. With three laps remaining, Stephen slipped pass Sipuka and the team took their first one- two podium finish of the year. The unstoppable duo was a force to be reckoned with, as the turbo charged BMW's and Subaru's struggled to pass them.

In the third 90-minute feature race the team performed well again with the pit stop strategies going according to plan. Stephen and Sipuka claimed a well-earned third and fourth place respectively. With some technical difficulties still haunting Stephen's car, the team made a decision to let Stephen drive Sipuka's car in this feature race because Stephen is still in the hunt for strong championship position.
Now the team is confidently looking ahead to some strong performances and hopefully more podium finishes on the East London circuit. Stephen commented: 'We are working extremely hard to take home podium finishes at East London and hopefully further better our chances at Championship title.'

Meanwhile, the Engen Xtreme Team continue to show their support for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital as they pursue valuable points for the initiative where funds are donated for every point the drivers score during a race meeting. To date, the team scored 488 points moving this season's 'Racing for Red' campaign up to R 63 440,00. So far, the overall fundraising campaign has donated more than R 700 000 with an aim to raise 'R1 million by 2010' across all of Engen's sport sponsorship portfolios.

Bridgestone Productions Cars Engen Volkswagen Cup
1. Michael Stephen – 3rd place/ 144 points 3. Kosie Weyers – 3rd place/ 134 points
2. Tschops Sipuka – 10th place/ 57 points 4.Miguel Pasqualli (Masters) – 1st place/ 153 points

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