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Engen Audi Team looking to consolidate GTC lead

Engen Audi head into Round 6 of the Sasol GTC Africa championship at Zwartkops this weekend with drivers Michael Stephen and Simon Moss first and second on the championship standings respectively.

Reigning champion, Stephen leads the way by eight points from teammate Moss and Gennaro Bonafede of Sasol BMW Motorsport who are locked in joint second position.

Since the last round of the Sasol GTC Africa in Port Elizabeth four weeks ago, the Engen Audi team has adjusted their approach towards preparing the Engen Audi A3s.

This is because the next two rounds are both in Gauteng and, being two weeks apart, require extra maintenance.

“Time is limited for our team after the Zwartkops race to get ready for the Kyalami Motoring Festival 14 days later. Therefore, we have done a thorough inspection on the Engen Audi cars,” explains Stephen.

“A wet race, like our last one at Aldo Scribante, also calls for extra attention to ensure all the wiring of the cars are in order.”

Moss, whose maiden Sasol GTC Africa win was at Zwartkops last year, is looking forward to being back in Pretoria.

“Although Zwartkops is the home ground of all our competitors, I know we are very strong at Zwartkops, and I’d like to take back the championship lead that I had until two races ago,” adds Moss.

With four of the nine round season to go, the Engen Audi team is right where it wants to be.

“A stronger lead would have been nice, but we’re still the team to beat, and even though we had our fair share of bad luck so far, we should be happy,” says Engen Audi team principle, Terry Moss.

“Our true performance is shown in our qualifying. We’ve had a full front lockdown for the past four races and Michael and Simon are working smoothly together in all aspects”, Terry Moss.

The Sasol GTC Africa race weekend kicks off for the Engen Audi team on Friday, with three practice sessions followed by qualifying, and two races on Saturday.