Monday, September 30, 2013

BPCC: Engen Racing Team set for showdown at penultimate round

Engen Racing Team Press Release

The 2013 national motorsport season is fast coming to a close. There are just two rounds left and the fight for various national championships is becoming tense.

The Engen Racing Team will tackle the Killarney circuit in Cape Town for the penultimate event of the season in both the Bridgestone Production Cars and Engen Volkswagen Cup championships. This event takes place on Saturday, 5 October, and the team contests two of the five categories that form the Super Series.

With the championships reaching their closing stages, every available point is now of primary concern. For those drivers building up to a potential title every little bit of breathing space in the points standing counts. For the drivers who are still chasing a podium finish, the best possible results in the final rounds is of critical importance.

In Bridgestone Production Cars the championship leader, Engen Xtreme's Michael Stephen (A1), has built up a commanding lead and is the clear favourite to claim the title this season. Stephen is optimistic about his chances – which will see him reach a third consecutive national championship title if he maintains his performance through the final two rounds.

With back-to-back victories in 2011 and 2012, Stephen has again produced another extreme performance capable of placing him on the No1 platform of the podium for the year.

For Tschops Sipuka (A2) the final two rounds will see him in a strong campaign to be among the top finishers for the season. With six races remaining in the final two events, good race day finishes could possibly provide him with sufficient points to join Stephen on the podium when the final points are tallied.

Sipuka has proved time and again that he has the talent and pace to compete at the sharp end of the competition. The reverse grid system in place to promote exciting racing could play into Sipuka’s strategy and provide him with the break he needs to gain the points for a strong season finish.

The single-make Engen Volkswagen Cup series sees the Engen Primax entry of Kosie Weyers (5) at the top of the leaderboard. Weyers has put in a disciplined performance this season to rack up point after point. After the first seven rounds of the nine round championship he has a 62 point lead on the field.

Killarney will see Weyers on his home turf in another battle for overall race day victory. The young Capetonian’s pedigree is evident with a rookie of the year in 2011 and a third placed championship finish in 2012, this year he is guaranteed to improve on an already steep performance trend. Weyers has won eight races so far this year, with a trio of double-victories to his credit. Another strong performance could render any attempt to catch him futile and he might well enter the final event as the 2013 championship winner.

Mandla Mdakane (18) will continue his fight for position at the final two rounds of his first year in this popular saloon car formula. A return to Killarney for the penultimate round can count in his favour as he can make use of his setup earlier this year to challenge for position.

Mdakane's first outing at Killarney this season, round two of the championship, saw him produce his second-best result of the season so far. Returning there for a second event could be the boost he needs to a season which has had its fair share of challenges.

The Engen Racing Team will provide motorsport fans with five races of non-stop action as they fight for every point in their respective championships. Look out for an action-packed race day as these drivers heat up the track in Cape Town’s closing event of the national championship.

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