driver’s Heinz Bose and Etienne Prinsloo enjoyed a weekend of
mixed fortunes at round two of the Bridgestone Production Car
Championship, which took place at Killarney race circuit in Cape
Heinz Bose was fast enough to qualify his Mazda3 MPS on the
second row of the grid. Teammate Etienne Prinsloo was less
fortunate with a broken shock absorber causing handling
difficulties, which were repaired in time for Saturday's race.
Bose got off to a rocky start when the lights went green for
heat one. Graeme Nathan in the SEAT thumped into the back of
Bose’s car causing damage to the gearbox and allowing a number
of cars to pass him. He quickly fought back, moving from seventh
up to fourth place, only to spin out on oil and finish in an
eventual eighth place.
Race two saw Bose leading the pack for a number of laps only to
be hit from behind by the MINI of Mark Silverwood. The damage
resulted in Bose nursing the Mazda3 MPS home to fourth place.
“It is unfortunate that the results don’t show the actual pace
and the massive improvement of the car,” said team boss Hennie
Prinsloo. “We were desperately unlucky today, however we showed
that we have both the power and the handling abilities to be
serious title contenders.”
“I am thrilled with the performance of the Mazda,” commented
team driver Heinz Bose. “We seem to have given the opposition
something to think about.”
Mazda Motorsport will continue its title challenge at the Aldo
Scribante circuit, outside Port Elizabeth on the 25th of April.
Mazda Motorsport would like to thank the sponsors Bizhub, Konica
Minolta, MFC and Mazda S.A. for their support.