Engen Xtreme Team aim for top results at Killarney

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

The Engen Xtreme Team are back in form and confident as ever to take the grid for round seven of the Wesbank Super Series at Killarney on Saturday 2 October 2010. The team hopes to better their current points standing by closing the gap on their rivals. After long hours of tweaking and fixing the problems that the team has been experiencing, the cars should be in tip-top shape for the upcoming race weekend.

Having performed well early this year at Killarney, the team are very familiar with the track and Engen Xtreme Team Manager, Michael Stephen, said they are looking forward to the race: "The team has worked extra hours to prepare the cars for Cape Town. Killarney is a track that has always suited the Audi's and we have always had good results there. At sea level, the playing fields for the turbo charged cars are more evenly balanced and we are therefore confident of our chances to score some race victories."

In the VW Polo Cup, Kosie Weyers has returned to top form which saw him keeping his competitors at bay at the last meeting at Zwartkops. Stephens is expecting more from the exciting driver: 'Over the season, Weyers has made huge strides and this can be seen by the race results over the past few races. After winning heat one, finishing second in heat two and claiming overall victory at Zwartkops, Kosie will certainly be the main contender for race honours at Killarney. Our other driver, Pasqualli, has struggled of late and will certainly be looking to bounce back to form to claim a podium place in his home town. Our target will be to get both Engen Polo cars on the podium.'

Meanwhile the team has been hard at work and Engen Xtreme Team Principal, Terry Moss, is hoping all the hard work will pay off: 'This year has seen the turbo charged cars have a distinct power advantage over the normally aspirated cars. At the coast, the Audi's stands a better chance against turbo cars. Killarney is also about good handling and traction, therefore the Audi's should stand a better chance of victory. It is unfortunate in the search for more power; we were caught off-guard at Zwartkops with some mechanical failure. However, we are fighting back and should be able to rectify the situation for Cape Town. During the year we have been developing the Audi S4 alongside maintaining and developing our current race cars. The design and planning for the new cars is 95% complete, and the roll cages are in production. We are hoping to have the new cars finished before the end of the year, testing it during the off-season, tackling the new year with gusto and to be well prepared for the first round of racing in 2011, hopefully reclaiming our rightful place on the circuit,' explains Moss.

The Engen Xtreme Team continue to show their support for the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital as they pursue valuable points for Engen's 'Racing for Red' initiative where funds are donated for every point the drivers score during a race meeting. To date, the team scored 402 points moving this season's 'Racing for Red' campaign up to R52 260. 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 sponsorship portfolios.

Bridgestone Productions Cars Engen Volkswagen Cup
1. Michael Stephen – 3rd place/118 points
2. Tschops Sipuka – 10th place/36 points
3. Kosie Weyers – 3rd place/122 points
 4.Miguel Pasqualli (Masters) – 1st place/126 points