Engen's Mandela Bay team prepare for showdown in Buffalo City
Monday, 24 August 2009
The Engen Xtreme Team from PE have furiously been preparing for their next
outing in East London on 6 June. East London is known to be a testing and fast
track that proved to be highly successful for Michael Stephen and less so for
Shaun Watson-Smith last year.
After a frustrating Killarney outing in May, the Engen Xtreme Team will hope to
improve on their performance of last year. In Cape Town the Xtreme team both
suffered had their fair share of mishaps with Shaun's car struggling to finish
Heat 1 due to engine mapping malfunction and Michael being nudged by Marco Da
Cunha in his 350Z in Heat 2, relegating him to last place. Terry Moss, Engen
Xtreme Principal commented, "The Audi's were performing better at Killarney than
at any track thus far, and we were positive that we would have clocked up
maximum points. Unfortunately, it has taken us this long to get the gremlins out
of the cars' systems and of course no can predict what is going to happen in a
race. That's motorsport for you".
East London last year proved to be a lucky track for Miguel who picked up
maximum points in the second heat. At Killarney, and for the Engen VW Polo Cup
races, things were not any better than their Audi teammates. In practice the
Friday, both drivers suffered their very own share of mishaps, reminiscent of
Kyalami. Miguel and his crew toyed with a different rear suspension setting
which eventually backfired on them, and Kosie just blatantly ignored the warning
lights, resulting in the fuel pump packing up. This no doubt placed even more
strain on the team to get the set ups right for qualifying and racing the next
day. Unfortunately, this did not bode well for race day when the Xtreme Polo's
fared disappointingly, with the boys in blue and yellow (Miguel and Kosie)
finishing 15th and 8th respectively.
The Engen Xtreme Team will be hoping that in East London the motorsport gods
look favourably on them and take to the track, hassle free and get back to their
wining ways of old.