E Cape racers battle it out

THE Eastern Cape’s home- grown motorsport team, Terry Moss Racing, battled it out in the sixth round of the SA Production Car Championship held in Welkom at the weekend.

Racing during the 12-lap feature race – the last heat – was halted after Jacques Joubert’s IndyOil Golf GTi caught fire in the main straight of the Phakisa Freeway.

The race saw Port Elizabeth engineer and reigning Class A champion Michael Stephen (Engen Extreme Audi S4) finish fourth, behind Afrox BMW’s Johan Fourie and Etienne van der Linde, and Ferodo Audi S4’s Gennaro Bonafede.

In the two eight-lappers run earlier, Stephen had finished third and fifth, his car frustratingly short of power.

He was philosophical, however. “It’s been a tough weekend, but we’re still in front of the class and we made the best of the situation – scoring points in all the races is the secret to winning the championship.”

Despite finishing fourth at the weekend, Stephen still maintains the lead in this year’s championship series, which has three more races to go.

He won the championship last year and in 2011, meaning a win this year would make him South Africa’s first Class A driver to achieve a hat-trick.

Stephen’s teammate, Tschops Sipuka (Engen Extreme Audi A4), also did well to support Stephen’s role in accumulating points towards a third SA Championship title. Sipuka finished fifth at the weekend.

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