EASTERN Cape racer Michael Stephen broke records as he clinched the 2013 Bridgestone SA Production Car series at Johannesburg's Kyalami race track at the weekend.
The Port Elizabeth-based Terry Moss Racing team member is the first racer to win the Production Cars Class A series three years running.
His mentor, legendary racer Terry Moss, managed a similar feat – winning three years in a row – but in the Westbank Modified category during his racing heydays.
Saturday was a day of celebration for Terry Moss Racing with Stephen's teammate, Cape Town-based Kosie Weyers, taking the 2013 title for the Engen Volkswagen Cup, also raced at Kyalami.
Speaking from Johannesburg yesterday, Stephen, who raced in his Engen Extreme Audi S4, said it had been a day filled with drama. His first of three races saw his radiator damaged after he bumped into a competitor's tow bar while jostling for second position, forcing him to finish in sixth place and abandon his Audi for the rest of the day's races.
Fortunately, teammate Tschops Sipuka gave up his Engen Xtreme Audi S4, allowing Stephen to take part in the second race, which saw him earn enough points as he finished third to take the year's Bridgestone Production Cars Class A series.
"We went into this last round with a comfortable lead, but there were one or two hiccups," Stephen said. "Fortunately we managed to overcome them to go and clinch the series."
Johannesburg racer Etienne van der Linde took second place overall in his BMW.
Weyers, who in fact clinched the Volkswagen championship title before entering the final race on Saturday, also fared well, Stephen said.
"Kosie ... had a good first race, finishing in second position. In race two, he started from 11th on the grid and worked his way up to [fourth], managing second overall for the day."