Engen Xtreme team gets off to a flying start
Thursday, 25 February 2010
After a humdinger of a weekend for the Engen Xtreme team the mood in the
Engen camp was mixed, despite the team having a positive first outing in the
2010 WesBank Super Series at the weekend.
Michael Stephen fought hard for a well deserved 3rd place overall while
teammate and returning driver Tschops Sipuka being less fortunate, suffering
engine trouble early on. This caused him to be less than competitive as the
day progressed, with his best performance coming in Race 2. Overall Anthony
Taylor took the number one spot, while 2009 Champion, Johan Fourie only
managed a disappointing 8th place. In the Engen VW Polo Cup stalwart Miguel
Pasqualli recreated some of the magic he conjured in the last race of the
2009 season to finish 2nd overall with teammate Kosie Weyers finishing 3rd.
The front runners were however dominated by 2009 Champ Matthew Hodges who
out-manoeuvred Pasqualli and Weyers to claim first overall.
The Xtreme team will have returned to Mandela Bay to get to the root of
Tschops' mechanical failure, aiming at getting his Audi race ready for
Killarney in two weeks time. After his first outing in the Engen Xtreme
colours, Tschops had the following to say, "My weekend got off with a
positive start. We unfortunately had a misfire, but got it sorted for the
second race until we were affected by an engine failure. However, going into
Cape Town we remain positive seeking a podium finish."
After the first race of the season the Engen Xtreme team accrued a total of
83 points (and a total of R10 790) toward Engen's Racing for Red campaign.
As supporters of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Engen will
continue to use its motorsport sponsorship property as a vehicle to raise
funds for this worthy cause in aid of the hospital's Burns Unit. The
campaign forms part of Engen's overarching "R1 million by 2010" campaign
which is supported by all Engen's sponsorship portfolios.