Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mr Consistency Michael Stephen wins back-to-back titles

By Johan Laubscher

Michael Stephen
Another Audi champion has been crowned in South Africa. Reigning Bridgestone Production Cars Class A champion, Michael Stephen, has wrapped up the 2012 title. Mr Consistency ensured the championship title at the penultimate round of the series with his Audi S4. Michael has become the second Audi driver to achieve back-to-back titles after Johan Fourie won in 2008 and 2009.

Stephan Audi S4 - 2012
As was the case in 2011, Michael Stephen was the most consistent driver during the season and this allowed him to build up a healthy points total. The Engen Xtreme Team/Terry Moss Racing crew have been working very hard all season on the team’s two-car entry. The team has always been at the front of the pack with their new Audi S4 race cars which debuted in 2011, when Michael won on the car’s debut and went on to win the 2011 championship.

Stephan Audi S4 - 2012
Along with a double championship victory, Michael also has a rare feather in his cap. He is one of very few race drivers in the world who has won a national championship in a car which he was heavily involved in building and maintaining. The qualified engineer is both a master in the workplace and on the racetrack.

Stephan Audi S4
The championship was won at Killarney on 22 September 2012. Another excellent performance ensured that the consistent results provided dividends for Michael and his Audi S4. Two podium finishes and a race win was enough to clinch the title with one round remaining. Michael’s performance at the event was even more impressive as he suffered a workshop accident earlier that same week. He suffered burns to his arms, hands and face. Despite the burns he was ready to race and it was fitting as Terry Moss Racing have been supporting the Red Cross Childrens Hospital burn unit during the season.

Stephan Audi S4 - 2012
We say a huge well done and congratulation to Michael Stephen and Terry Moss Racing. We are delighted that the number one remains on his door for 2013. The team have been great ambassadors for Audi in South African motorsport. The team owner, Terry Moss, was a legendary Audi champion and his team is set to continue their legacy on South African race tracks for many years to come. 

A television feature on Michael Stephen from 2008 

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Editors note: The championship points are provisional from the Bridgestone Production Cars Championship, the points still need official confirmation from Motorsport South Africa (MSA).