Audi S4 quattros on pace for Phakisa challenge
information supplied by: Audi South Africa
26 July 2013
THE Audi S4 quattros contesting the Bridgestone Production Car Championship head to Phakisa in the Free State for the sixth round of the national championship on Saturday, 3 August. With five rounds already completed, with the top four places in the championship seeing three of those places held by Audi S4 quattros.
The championship leader, Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme), is in a strong position with a 46 point lead, scoring points in all but two races so far this season. Stephen is well on track for a successful title defence this season and another strong performance at Phakisa will help his cause.
In third place in the series is Melvill Priest (A7 – Mueller Sports Medicine) who is just one point behind the BMW of Etienne van der Linde. With Priest in full attack mode at Phakisa behind the wheel of his Audi S4 quattro, there is the potential for the top spots in the series to see a re-shuffle come the end of the event.
Tschops Sipuka (A2 – Engen Xtreme) is the fourth place man in the championship. Sipuka has a gap to close of just eight points for third and nine if he aims for second place. In the highly competitive racing world, that gap will take some work to close but Sipuka has proved he has the pace to make it happen.
Sixth place in the championship is not ideal for Audi S4 quattro racer Gennaro Bonafede (A32 – Ferodo Racing). He will want a top five slot at least as he aims for the best possible position in the overall standings by the end of the season. Three points is what he needs to close that gap to fifth place – and a good outing at Phakisa could see exactly the outcome he's looking for.
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