Audi A3 dominant in GTC championship
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.
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.