Thursday, August 27, 2015

NPCC: Audi S4 quattro racers off to coastal challenge again

Audi South Africa Press Release

For the fourth time this season, the National Production Car Championship (NPCC) racers will tackle a coastal event. For round six of the 2015 series though, it will be at a circuit that has not seen them in action before.

With just three rounds left for the year, the Extreme Festival moves to Dezzi's Raceway in KwaZulu-Natal where the 2.5 km track lies in wait for the national competitors. Racing at this circuit so late in the season could result in an unexpected shake-up to the season.

With three Audi S4 quattro racers at the top of the leaderboard, it looks more and more like the NPCC title will go to one of these three competitors this season. At the top of the log is Hennie Groenewald (8 – Audi Sasolracing) who is currently nine points in the lead.

Second spot is held by Michael Stephen (12 – Engen Xtreme) while Gennaro Bonafede (32 – Audi Sasolracing) is in third place – with a three-point gap between them.

This thin 12 point spread between the top three racers will certainly prove to be the catalyst for some exciting racing in the remaining rounds – and with the Audi S4 quattro racers 26 points ahead of the fourth-placed competitor, their dominance in this series is hard to challenge.

For Simon Moss (38 – Engen Xtreme) the Dezzi's Raceway event presents an opportunity to focus on his race results. Moss has made great strides with his qualifying results, appearing on the front row of the starting grid twice recently.

A round of the championship at a new circuit creates the possibility that his pace will prove more valuable than the experience the other racers have at the regular circuits, and a good result could see him claim the three points he needs to break into being amongst the top five competitors this season.

Another round, a new circuit and four very determined Audi S4 quattro racers is an opportunity to see some fast-paced and exciting national circuit racing in NPCC. The challenge might result in some of the toughest on-track battles seen yet in the 2015 season.

Photo credit: (Morne Condon)