Stephen powers his way to championship glory

Monday, 28 November 2011

The WesBank Super Series hit a thrilling climax at Zwartkops on Saturday as Engen Xtreme driver Michael Stephen powered his way past Johan Fourie to be crowned the 2011 Bridgestone Production Car champion in no uncertain terms.

Stephen (Engen Xtreme Audi S4) entered the day’s racing a single point behind Fourie (IndyOil Audi S4) in the race for championship honours. There was however no stopping the Engen Xtreme driver who powered his way to three victories in four races on the day to surge past Fourie, securing the title by 21 points.

Port Elizabeth–resident Stephen was ably assisted by Engen Xtreme teammate Tschops Sipuka (Engen Xtreme Audi S4) who raced superbly on the day, often protecting Stephen from some of his rivals.

Engen VW Polo Cup

There was also race day success for the Engen Xtreme Team in the Engen VW Polo Cup. Kosie Weyers (Engen Xtreme VW Polo) triumphed in both heats to bag the overall win for the day.

Weyers’ scintillating late season form allowed him to secure second place behind champion Devin Robertson (Sparco/Big Boss Auto). Robertson had the title sewn-up two rounds back.

The Cape Town-based Weyers looks destined for greater things with his runner-up finish in this year’s event meaning he has made excellent year-on-year progress ever since joining the Engen Xtreme Team in 2009. After being crowned Rookie of the Year in his debut season, he followed it up with a third place finish in the 2010 season. Going one better in 2011, it will take a brave punter to bet against the talented flame-haired tyro being crowned champion in 2012.

Red Cross Children’s Hospital

After another very successful motorsport season, the Engen Xtreme Team has again accumulated a significant amount of championship points. 735 to be exact. With Engen donating R140 for every point accumulated by the Engen Xtreme Team drivers in the 2011 season to the Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital Burns Unit, the young burns patients at the world renowned facility will this year benefit to the tune of R 102 900.

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Engen Xtreme Team Standings/ Points  
Bridgestone Production Engen VW Cup
Michael Stephen: 1st/ 236 points Kosie Weyers: 2nd/ 200 points
Tschops Sipuka: 6th /139 points Miguel Pasqualli: 4th(Masters)/ 160 points