and Galati started from second and fourth positions respectively on the 24-car
grid, Randy making it a fifth straight front row start in his Audi RS 6
Competition with defending GT champion Galati switching to last year’s S4 after
a testing accident in his RS 6.
blasted away at the green light to snatch an important early lead although
Galati completed the opening lap in 18th place, his S4’s rear axle
shaft breaking shortly after the start.
led until the 15th lap when ultimate race winner Mike Fitzgerald
(Porsche) eased ahead with Pobst surrendering second place to Bill Auberlen
(BMW) and then third to Hans Stuck (BMW) three laps later after a tremendous
Pobst regained third position four laps from the checker - when Auberlen pitted
with a puncture - and duly brought his Audi Sport North America RS 6 home to his
fifth consecutive podium this season – and Randy’s 15th straight
top-three in the series.
Michael Galati (43).
Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: N. Olmsted, Ohio:
Speed World Challenge stats: 74 starts, 16 wins, 37 top-3s, 52 top-5s, 63
“I had a good launch at the start but then almost
immediately a rear axle shaft broke – it’s the first time an S4 has done a
standing start using this year’s bigger tires. I just tried to nurse the car
home and score some points and was made to work real hard for 13th.”
(46). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:
Speed World Challenge
stats: 19 starts, 6 wins, 16 top-3s, 17 top-5s, 17 top-10s.
its all-wheel-drive traction at the start to the full and then just hung on the
best I could at the front. The Champion team is doing a terrific job and
continually improving the RS 6 and I’m sure happy to have extended my series
2003 Speed GT World
Challenge – Driver’s Standings (after 5 races)
1 Randy Pobst,
Audi RS 6 Competition. 141-points
2 Phil McClure,
Corvette Z06. 129
3 Bill Auberlen, BMW M3.
4 Hans Stuck, BMW M3. 98
5 Mike Fitzgerald, Porsche
6 Justin Marks, BMW M3.
14 Michael Galati, Audi RS 6
2003 Speed GT World
Challenge – Manufacturers’ Standings (after 5 races)
1 BMW, 31
2 Audi, 27
3 Chevrolet, 24
4 Porsche, 19
Champion Racing 2003 SPEED GT Formguide (Audi RS 6 “Competition”)
1: Sebring (14 March) 18-laps – 66.6 miles
Qualified: 5th (2:14.021). Race: 25th (not running at
finish), -9 laps