In November 2011 local motor racing ace, Michael Stephen won the 2011 Bridgestone Production Car championships in fine form. Stephen, driving an Engen Xtreme Audi S4 started the day’s racing a single point behind Johan Fourie in an IndyOil Audi S4, and the race for championship honours was on.
Three victories in four races on the day managed to secure a 21 point lead and the championship for Michael Stephen.
Fast forward to today and Michael was the proud recipient of an Audi S4 V8 vehicle from Audi – his to use for 12 months – a generous reward and motivation enough for him to win the 2012 championship.
Born in Pretoria on 15 January 1981 Michael won his first karting race at the tender age of 8 and has never looked back. He currently has 11 Eastern Province Championships, 7 Regional Eastern Cape and Border Championships, 6 National Karting Championships and finished 3rd in the International World Karting Championships. All of his karting achievements paid off, when Michael was invited to race in the Formula Volkswagen Championship in Germany in 2002. Michael’s best position was sixth overall.
A top academic achiever, he completed his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005. Michael is part of a motorsport development programme for underprivileged youth and assists in fund raising for Rotary.
He is a vital part of Terry Moss’ Engen Xtreme team and is probably one of the only drivers that can boast of being intimately involved with designing, building and racing his own car in the championships.