Audi hopeful for next Kyalami round

2010-06-05 17:37

Audi Motorsport has had a tough start to the 2010 season, but the

reigning Class A Bridgestone production car champions are ready for the

challenge ahead, with the fourth round of the championship taking place at

Kyalami today.

Michael Stephen (Engen Xtreme Team) is currently ranked the highest

of the Audi driver’s in the championship point’s standings. Michael has taken

two race wins and has an inspiring 67% podium finish rate. He has been

exceptionally consistent; taking points in every race this year and this success

has placed him second in the standings.

Plagued by bad luck, Johan Fourie (IndyOil) and his back-to-back

championship winning A4 are down in fifth place in the championship. Johan has

one race win to his name this season, with a mammoth task ahead of him as he

attempts an unprecedented third consecutive title.

Rounding out Audi Motorsport’s impressive driver line-up is Tschops

Sipuka (Engen Xtreme). After being out of production car racing for a couple of

years, Sipuka has been using the early stages of this season to re-acquaint

himself with the Audi machinery. He is expected to have a good showing at his

second Kyalami outing of this year.

The previous Kyalami event at the beginning of the season held

mixed fortunes for Audi Motorsport. On the one hand, Michael Stephen took a race

win and a second place finish. On the flip side of the coin, Johan Fourie

suffered from tyre problems, whilst Tschops Sipuka battled to find his feet in

the highly competitive class. Thankfully, this race has no bearing on the

upcoming event, other than to further motivate the teams.

Whilst Bafana Bafana will be focusing on beating Mexico in their

opening World Cup match, Audi Motorsport’s focus on beating BMW is just as

intense. Up to this point, Anthony Taylor’s BMW 335i has had the legs over the

Audi A4 but determination and inspiration flows through the Audi Motorsport

teams and winning is the only option.

Qualifying and all three races will take place today.

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