Thursday, February 27, 2014

BPCC: Four Audi S4s and two new names in South Africa

By Johan Laubscher

The 2014 Bridgestone Productions Cars Championship will be getting underway at Zwartkops on Saturday 1 March. Four Audi S4 entries will again be taking part this year, but with two new names joining the line-up.

Three-time reigning Class A Champion, Michael Stephen, will be returning with the Engen Xtreme Terry Moss Racing squad, aiming for his fourth consecutive title. He will be back behind the wheel of his Audi S4. He will be joined by his new teammate, Simon Moss, the son of South African Audi legend and team owner, Terry Moss. 

Simon Moss will driving the team’s second #38 Audi S4. Simon debuted in an Audi S4 with the endurance races during 2011, sharing with Tschops Sipuka. He also drove at Aldo Scribante in November last year, when he and Stephen drove the S4s during a regional meeting.

Vic Maharaj will again be running two Audi S4 cars this year. He has renamed his company from the long standing name of, VMP Motorsport, to VM Innovations. The big news this year is the backing from Sasolracing. VM Innovations will be preparing two Sasolracing Audi S4s.

Gennaro Bonafede returns with the team for his second full Class A season, back behind the wheel of a Sasolracing Audi S4. He will be joined by Hennie Groenewald in the second Sasolracing Audi S4. Groenewald joins the Audi squad after competing for Sasol Subaru during the previous few seasons. He will be driving the Audi S4 that was driven by Melvill Priest during 2012 and 2013.

Hennie Groenewald is no stranger to racing Audis in South Africa. He competed with the private Scania backed Audi 80 Competition (pictured above) in the 1996 South African Super Touring Car Championship and also once substituted for Terry Moss in a factory Audi A4 touring car at East London in 1999, round 3 of the Bankfin Touring Cars.

The four Audi S4 drivers and teams will be aiming to repeat the success from 2013, when Michael Stephen was crowned as the Class A drivers’ champion and Audi as the manufacturers’ champion.

They will be facing off against Gavin Cronje and Johan Fourie in Class A BMW 335i entries.

The Engen Motorsports press release can be seen HERE and the Sasolracing press release HERE.

Photo credit:
Audi Motorsport in South Africa on Facebook [Johan Laubscher]
Scania South Africa
Terry Moss Racing
Production Cars