Friday, October 25, 2013

BPCC: Audi racers ready for the final round challenge

Audi South Africa Press Release

THE final round of the Super Series takes place at Kyalami on Saturday, 2 November. The four Audi S4 quattros entries are poised to make a strong showing at this event – with the defending champion in this series leading the charge.

For Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme) the Kyalami finale sees him defend his title for a third possible championship victory. Stephen first claimed the title in 2011 behind the wheel of his Audi S4 quattro and successfully defended it in 2012. For 2013 he enters the last round of the season with a 31 point advantage over the rest of the field and a determination to take the win again.

With a championship at stake, the event is set to be a tough affair with every racer determined to put on their best performance of the season.

For Gennaro Bonafde (A32 – Ferodo Racing) a good performance at the final round is critical. Currently fourth overall in the championship, Bonafede is within striking distance of third place overall for the season. A strong showing in the final event could see him claim that third step on the podium to become one of the top three racers in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship for 2013.

Hot on Bonafede's heels is the Audi S4 quattro of Melvill Priest (A7 – Mueller Sports Medicine) who holds fifth spot. While being amongst the top five racers is no small achievement in this fast-paced series, Priest is unlikely to want to finish the year without making a push for a higher finishing position – especially when it would require just a handful of points to make that happen.

With that as an incentive, Priest will be aiming for another strong performance – ideally like that which he displayed at the last race in Cape Town. There Priest was clearly dominant, leading the field by a healthy margin to claim a convincing victory. A similar performance at Kyalami will clearly see him stamp his authority on the race day.

For Tschops Sipuka (A2 – Engen Xtreme) the final round of the season is an opportunity to break into the top five of the series. Just nine points is the gap he has going into the final event and will be racing to eliminate the deficit.

The Audi S4 quattro racers will be competing to produce their best result of the season, which will keep them in the midst of the racing action as they tackle the tough final round of the 2013 Super Series.

 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

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