THE Audi S4 quattro entries were a force to be reckoned with the opening round of the Bridgestone Production Car season. At Zwartkops Raceway in early March the four racers proved untouchable.
As a result, the Audi S4 quattro competitors head into the second round of the Super Series holding the top four positions in Class A and Audi leading the Manufacturers’ Championship as well.
There are two cars in each of the Audi S4 quattro-powered teams. The current championship leader is Gennaro Bonafede (A32 – Audi Sasolracing) who put in an excellent performance to claim a slim lead in the first round of the season.
Defending champion Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme) is just two points behind Bonafede and will be looking to Killarney to close that gap and dial up the pressure on his rival in the Sasol camp. Stephen’s measured approach to racing has seen him claim three titles in this series already so a wild dash in order to claim the lead is unlikely.
Behind Stephen is Hennie Groenewald (A8 – Audi Sasolracing), Bonafede’s teammate in the series. Groenewald is a seasoned racer in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship, but this is his first season behind the wheel of the Audi S4 quattro. He showed good pace at the first round but still has a bit of work to do to become accustomed to the Audi S4 quattro.
Rounding out the Audi S4 quattro entries is the newest member to the Bridgestone Production Car series, Simon Moss (A38 – Engen Xtreme). Moss has multiple champion Stephen as his team leader and mentor – and this showed in his first race meeting. Instead of pushing hard for the podium, risking disaster in the process, Moss opted to maximise seat time and claimed fourth spot in the championship in the process.
Race fans can expect another strong performance at the Audi S4 quattro racers tackle the opposition at Killarney – and fight for their own personal best results in the process.