Engen Xtreme Team experiences highs and lows at Kyalami
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Miguel Pasqualli in his new look Engen Xtreme Polo
Michael Stephen (A3 - front) and Tschops Sipuka (A4)
With an exciting start to the first race meeting on the WesBank Super Series
calendar, Engen launched its new ‘one team, one look’ Xtreme cars at Kyalami
Grand Prix Circuit on Thursday 3 March, 2011. The new Audi S4’s were
unfortunately not race ready for the opener of the 2011 season due technical
pre-race preparation challenges, and resulted in the Production Car Audi
drivers having to race in their existing race engineering.
A disappointing start to the season saw both Bridgestone Production Audi
drivers Tschops Sipuka and Michael Stephen finish heat one in 5th and 6th
place respectively. Starting on pole for heat two, Stephen dominated for the
first two laps with Groenewald passing him midway through the heat. Despite
a brave and spirited challenge in an obviously underpowered car, Stephen
managed to hold onto a 2nd place finish. Sipuka raced aggressively and moved
into 3rd position at the start of the heat but sadly, due to a fuel pump
problems could not finish the race.
Overall for the day, Stephen finished in 6th position while Sipuka completed
the day in 7th. Although not the desired start to the season, the Engen
Xtreme Team still managed to accumulate valuable points with Stephen 13
points behind championship leader, Hennie Groenewald.
The VW Cup Polo drivers, Miguel Pasqualli and Kosie Weyers saw experienced
challenging moments throughout the race day, struggling to gain position on
his opponents, Pasqualli finished race one in a very disappointing 11th
place. Race two saw Pasqualli much more determined to move through the field
and finish in a more acceptable 8th place. Weyers started the season with a
bang and finished the opening race of the season with a 3rd place podium
finish. The second heat dealt a cruel blow with an unfortunate engine
failure, pushing Kosie back to 18th. On the overall standing for the day,
the Xtreme Polo team finished off with Pasqualli in 3rd place in the Masters
Category and Weyers in 15th place.
Engen Xtreme race team principal, Terry Moss commented: ‘Kyalami was
certainly a day of mixed fortunes, first time in a long time that our cars
crashed out as a result of race incidents, but happy that our naturally
aspirated older A4 cars proved to be stiff opposition for the newer Turbo
BMW’s. Kosie was impressive in the new VW Polo Cup format and will certainly
be a force to be reckoned with during the 2011 season.
The team now prepares for the next race meeting which takes place a
Killarney on 2 April 2011, where the public can look forward to new Audi
S4’s in action.
2011 will see Engen continue their support for the Red Cross War Memorial
Children’s Hospital and specifically, it’s world renowned Burns Unit. The
coming season will see a continuance of the ‘Racing for Red’ campaign where
R136 is donated for every point the drivers score during the race season.
After the last meeting at Kyalami the drivers accumulated 50 points
amounting to R6 800, 00.
For high res images:
Engen Xtreme Team Standings/ Points
||Engen VW Cup
|Michael Stephen - 6th place/ 11 points
||Kosie Weyers- 5th place/ 12 points
|Tschops Sipuka - 7th place/ 8 points
||Miguel Pasqualli - 3rd place (Masters)/