Audi A3 dom­i­nant in GTC cham­pi­onship

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

THREE rounds have been com­pleted in the 2016 cham­pi­onship ti­tle fight and the En­gen Xtreme team hold first and third in the na­tional Sa­sol GTC Africa cham­pi­onship with their Audi A3 GTC race cars.

Michael Stephen leads with a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage of 183 points, with his team-mate Simon Moss in third spot.

The En­gen Xtreme team com­pete at the up­graded Kyalami cir­cuit in Johannesburg on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 23, with two more ac­tion-packed races — which could also see the first race win for Moss.

The first half of the in­au­gu­ral sea­son has seen Stephen and his En­gen Audi A3 GTC the dom­i­nant com­peti­tor so far. Stephen has won all but one race of the eight that have al­ready taken place.

Moss has ap­peared on the podium three times in two events, twice in sec­ond-place fin­ishes.

He cur­rently holds third place in the cham­pi­onship, with ba­si­cally two com­pleted race meet­ings since his very first round was plagued with tech­ni­cal prob­lems.

The Kyalami event pro­vides another op­por­tu­nity for the En­gen Xtreme team rac­ers to show their com­pe­ti­tion how it should be done.

“My re­sults have been get­ting bet­ter all the time,” said Moss. “Fastest prac­tice laps, fastest race laps, grid starts from the front row and podium fin­ishes.

“It is all go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and I’m work­ing for bet­ter re­sults with each race. I can’t wait for Kyalami and the chal­lenge that rep­re­sents.”

For the cham­pi­onship leader, Kyalami will be his next op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue with his win­ning strat­egy, another step in his cam­paign to claim the first GTC ti­tle.

“The GTC sea­son has been a crowded one, get­ting the cars ready in time and then manag­ing a six-round sea­son with lit­tle time be­tween events,” said Stephen.

“From the out­set, we ar­rived pre­pared and ready to win. We’ve proved that at each round and our goal for the sea­son is to be the team to beat.”

Com­pe­ti­tion on one of South Africa’s most pop­u­lar mo­tor­sport cir­cuits is go­ing to be in­tense among the GTC rac­ers at round four of the cham­pi­onship. The En­gen Xtreme team will ar­rive as the lead­ing team in the se­ries — ready to de­liver another ex­cit­ing and ac­tion-packed race day for mo­tor­sport fans. — WR.

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

Un­burnt fuel from the rac­ing ex­haust of Michael Stephen’s Audi A3 flares as he adds to his lead­ing tally of 183 points in the Sa­sol GTC Africa cham­pi­onship.

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