TEAM AFROX/PIRTEK BMW HUNTING NEW VICTORIES IN PORT ELIZABETH
Team Afrox BMW travels to Port Elizabeth for the third round of the Bridgestone Production Car Championship on April 6 bolstered by a top-class performance in the previous round at Killarney in Cape Town. In addition, the team will compete in the Windy City with new sponsor backing and will now be know as Team Afrox/Pirtek BMW.
A win in each of the two previous rounds, including the double-points feature race at Kyalami, in the Team Afrox/Pirtek BMW 335i M Performance Parts car sees former champion Johan Fourie in second place in the championship in his first season with the team. Team-mate and former class A champion Etienne van der Linde is joint third and looking for his first win of the new season.
“The BMW 335i cars will benefit from major software upgrades for PE,“ said team principal Donovan van Heerden. “Given the engine’s high state of tune copared to the standard car, we’ve been struggling a bit with turbo lag so far this season, but the changes we’ve made, which include cooling upgrades, will help us overcome this problem.
”Johan was sublime on his home circuit in Cape Town and he‘ll want to carry this form to Aldo Scribante and cement himself as championship leader after the day‘s racing. Etienne has had a steady start to the season and will be looking to improve on his current form. Good results this weekend will boost his points total and establish him as a serious champioship contender.“
Fourie is full of confidence after his two race wins in the opening two rounds. “As far as I’m concerned, the BMW 335i is the best all-round package on the grid,“ he declared. “Aldo Scribante is a circuit that traditionally suits the all-wheel drive cars, so we’re aware of the challenge that faces us. Fortunately, the series organisers have ruled out standing starts for the future, which have favoured the all-wheel drive cars.“
Van der Linde comments, “Recognising the strength of the four-wheel drive cars around the Aldo Scribante circuit and the abrasiveness of the track surface, we need to put in a strong qualifying performance and manage our tyre wear well this weekend. If we can do this successfully we’ll have a good race day. After only two rounds the championship is still close, so the goal on Saturday is to bank the points and avoid DNFs.“
In addition to principal sponsor Afrox, the team enjoys backing from BMW M Performance Parts, EPS Courier Services, Castrol, Akrapovic Exhaust Systems and new partners Pirtek and BrakeQuip.