All-American driver squad Galati and Pobst aiming to keep Audi to the
Florida-based Champion Racing will become the
first team in the world to race Audi’s potent RS 6 quattro sedan.
Michael Galati will bid for a third consecutive SPEED World Challenge GT
title in the latest all-wheel-drive Audi while fellow American Randy
Pobst joins the Audi Sport North America backed outfit for the 2003
Champion Racing campaigned an all-wheel-drive
Audi S4 “Competition” for the past three seasons but takes on the new
bi-turbo, 4.2-liter V8-engined RS 6 “Competition” currently being built
at its impressive Pompano Beach race facility in readiness for the
season-opener at Sebring on March 14. In “standard” road-going guise,
Audi’s latest four-door, performance sedan boasts 450hp.
Ohio-based Galati (43) finished second in 2000
but has won the GT title for the past two years with Champion Audi. In
30 races spanning the last three years, Galati steered his Champion
Racing S4 home to eight wins plus 15 other top-six finishes. This
success was achieved despite varying levels of weight ballast imposed by
the organising SCCA to compensate for the Audi’s all-wheel-drive
advantage over its more powerful rivals.
“I’m still hungry for success,” commented
Galati who bids for an unprecedented sixth career SCCA SPEED World
Challenge title. “I’m especially excited about driving a brand new car
this season - it should be very competitive and has bags of potential.
I’m looking forward to developing the RS 6 throughout the season and
also to working with Randy – I believe we’ll quickly become a very
Meanwhile Pobst (45), of Gainesville GA, joins
the Champion Racing Audi line-up for the first time. With Galati’s
former regular team-mate Derek Bell, of Britain, having increased
commitments with Team Bentley for 2003, Champion Racing Team Owner Dave
Maraj targeted Randy as an ideal replacement.
“We began talks about racing an Audi RS 6
“Competition” last May having received eligibility confirmation from the
SCCA and took delivery of two, raw chassis three months ago,” confirmed
Mr Maraj. “Audi AG and quattro GmbH, Audi’s performance subsidiary in
Germany, have both been very helpful but due to our late start on the
project, our test plans are for sometime in late February.
"We are all very excited about racing the Audi
RS 6 ‘Competition’. With team newcomer Randy Pobst, and having retained
Michael Galati, I believe Audi has a good opportunity to win the
Manufacturers' Championship again."
Pobst contested seven Speed World Challenge
races last year, scoring four wins to finish third in the championship
standings. “I'm thrilled to have this opportunity with Audi," confirmed
Randy. "I'm very excited about the new RS 6 and I believe Michael and I
will compliment each other perfectly."