The Engen Audi team head into Round Five of the Sasol GTC Africa Championship at Aldo Scribante in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 14 July determined to get back to winning ways and give their fans something to cheer about on their “home track”.
Engen Audi drivers, Michael Stephen and Simon Moss will however have to be at the top of their game as a recent resurfacing of Scribante has undermined their intimate knowledge of the Raceway.
Team Principal, Terry Moss says the new asphalt change the characteristics of the track tremendously.
“The Aldo Scribante race track has always been known for its abrasive nature and that came with its own challenges. Now that the new track surface has been laid out, the grip levels will change throughout the weekend,”
“It is basically anyone’s game on our home turf and we have only been able to execute a short shake down test ahead of Round Five, which doesn’t give us the usual competitive edge here in Port Elizabeth.”
Driver Simon Moss is eager to make up lost ground, following a disappointing showing in Round Four in mid-June, where technical problems saw him loose the championship lead.
“East London was a very disappointing race for me. I was clearly the fastest man and losing the championship lead on a technical gremlin is very frustrating,”
The team has since resolved Moss’ problem through extensive diagnostics and replacement of a faulty fuel sensor.
Fellow driver, and two-time reigning Sasol GTC Africa champion, Michael Stephen is confident that the team’s home fans will see the Engen Audi cars leading from the front.
“We have done non-stop work on the cars over the past three weeks and they are in top-shape again,”
“As much as the track surface has been changed, I know we can perform well.
“The 2,4km track will get faster with each lap as fresh rubber is put down on the racing line and a new GTC lap record is definitely on the table.”
Echoing Stephen, Terry Moss believes the Engen Audi’s will be back to their best after the disappointment of East London.
“The intermittent problem with Simon’s car has luckily been traced. We also discovered handling issues with Michael’s car, which boiled down to it being fitted with one hard compound tyre instead of four soft ones. Dunlop, the tyre supplier, had mixed up our batch and that caused Michael to struggle in both races.”
Stephen has won all but one Sasol GTC Africa race at the Aldo Scribante racetrack over the past two years, while Simon Moss has always been on the podium at the track.
“We perform well in front of our home crowd and we will do the same this time,”
adds Terry Moss.
“It is going to be a very interesting race weekend with the lap times dropping per session and the speeds increasing with each heat. We are ready.”
Stephen currently lies second on the Sasol GTC Africa championship standings, four points behind leader Gennaro Bonafede. Simon Moss is 13 points adrift of Stephen in third place.
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