Friday, October 4, 2013

BPCC: Audi leading field into penultimate championship round

Audi South Africa Press Release

AUDI is the leading manufacturer in the Bridgestone Production Cars as the field heads to Killarney on Saturday, 5 October, for the penultimate round of the 2013 season. Commanding performances on-track by the four Audi S4 competitors sees Audi enjoy a 25 point lead over their rivals.

Leading the charge for the Audi S4 quattro racers is defending champion, Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme). Stephen is leading the championship and is well on course to achieve a third consecutive national title in this series.

The Cape Town event provides Stephen an opportunity to cement his leading position in as the year draws to a close. While it is late in the season, there is no slowing down as he fights for his third title. Every point matters and Stephen will have to exert maximum effort to keep his challengers at bay.

In fourth place on the championship scoreboard, Gennaro Bonafede (A32 – Ferodo Racing) will be using the final two rounds of the year to launch a fight for a season podium finish. Bonafede needs just 11 points to equal the score of the current third-place man. Points for fastest lap and pole position will be just as important as scoring well in the race results, so racers will be looking for every bit of pace they can get.

Just behind Bonafede is Tschops Sipuka (A2 – Engen Xtreme) who might have to do a bit more work than Bonafede but also stands a chance at a claiming a podium finish this season. Six points separate Sipuka and Bonafede which is a gap that Sipuka can aim to close with a blistering performance in the penultimate round.

Melvill Priest (A7 – Mueller Sports Medicine) trails Sipuka by just two points which will set up an interesting three-way battle as they attempt to get their Audi S4 quattros to the finish as quickly as possible – while keeping the racing as precise as possible as an incident this late in the season will immediately take them out of the championship fight.

When the Audi S4 quattros take to the start line at Killarney on Saturday, 5 October, each racer will have a specific goal in mind – and will be working hard to achieve it to ensure they enter the final round of the season in a strong position.

Audi South Africa

Photos by MotorPics

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Michael Stephen A1 - Audi S4 - Terry Moss Racing

Tschops Sipuka A2 - Audi S4 - Terry Moss Racing

Melvill Priest A7 - Audi S4 - VMP Motorsport

Gennaro Bonafede A32 - Audi S4 - Ferodo Racing Team / VMP Motorsport