The last Killarney round of the Super Series on Saturday set the scene for a serious battle for the championship at Zwartkops in November. The defending champion, Michael Stephen (A1 – Engen Xtreme), put his Audi S4 quattro at the top of the overall results – by finishing both races on the podium.
In race one, Stephen claimed second place and in the feature race took the chequered flag for a valuable collection of points that keeps the championship fight alive right up to the last event.
“Johan Fourie still got a few points on me today,” says Stephen. “Beating him in race two keeps the championship fight going and anything can happen even at this point in the season.”
Gennaro Bonafede (A32 – Audi Sasolracing) finished fourth overall for the day, finishing a fairly consistent day of results with only the fifth place finish in race two – where he battled with pace – spoiling his show of consistency.
“I battled to find gears during practise and the team changed the clutch today,” says Bonafede. “The slower gear changes have cost us a lot of time and I just don’t know what our pace problem was in race two.”
For Bonafede’s teammate, Hennie Groenewald (A8 – Audi Sasolracing) both the qualifying session and race one went well, with Groenewald second for both. In race two Groenewald battled with pace which left him running at the back of the order and pushing his overall finishing position down to fifth place for the day.
At the bottom of the overall log was Simon Moss (A38 – Engen Xtreme). Despite this result, Moss had one of the best racing weekends in the series.
“In race two I started pole and was doing well until Michael caught me,” says Moss. That left me with two BMW’s to defend against to try and hold my position. I finished fourth but I’m happy with that, it was a good race and also a good result for the team.”
The Audi S4 quattro racers head to the final round of the season at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 1 November, where all eyes will be on the title fight to see who claims the 2014 crown.
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