The Engen Xtreme Racing Team starts their 2015 national motorsport season at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 21 February with Michael Stephen and Simon Moss again behind the wheels of their Engen Xtreme Audi S4 Quattros.
The race format for the 2015 National Production Car Championship season will see competitors tackle three sprint races at each round of the eight event championship. Race One grid positions will be calculated from qualifying times, Race Two is a reverse grid race and Race Three’s grid is determined by the fastest lap in race two.
“The 2015 season is going to be a challenging one for the team,” says Stephen. “The championship is in a transition phase going into the 2016 season, so we’ll be facing each event head-on to produce the best results possible, aiming to retain our hallmark competitiveness.”
Stephen has achieved three national championship titles in the Bridgestone Production Car Championship in recent years, and has been racing with the Engen Xtreme Team in this category since 2006. He is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Terry Moss Racing workshops in Port Elizabeth.
Moss joined the team last year to contest his first season in the production car category, working hard to achieve pace and get settled behind the wheel of the Engen Xtreme Audi S4 Quattro.
The eight race dates see the team start their 2015 campaign at Zwartkops in Pretoria, before moving to Killarney in Cape Town for an event in April and then contesting their home circuit in Port Elizabeth in June. The East London event is on the calendar for July before the team heads back to Zwartkops for the August event.
Also in August is a visit scheduled for a new venue, Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone, which will bring the Engen Xtreme team back to motorsport action in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time since the street racing events in Durban a few years back. Killarney is the venue for the penultimate round of the championship this year in October before the finale, which will see the team competing at Kyalami once more.
While there are still details to be finalised regarding the new season, the Engen Xtreme Team is primed and ready for action, prepared to tackle all challenges, and score maximum points while they focus on the goal of achieving another championship title.
Looking forward to another highly successful season, Engen Sponsorship Manager Brad Bergh adds that the Engen Motorsport programme is a key component within the company’s overall sponsorship portfolio as it delivers a product relevant platform where Engen is able to showcase its quality fuels and lubricants performing under extreme conditions.
“The engineers and race mechanics have been hard at work in the off season and are focussed on gaining a winning momentum right from the start as they strive to capture the team’s fourth Championship title,” says Bergh.