13 March - A Champion Racing Audi RS 6
“Competition” starts the opening round of this year’s SPEED World GT
Challenge tomorrow (FRIDAY) from the front row of the grid.
Randy Pobst had looked set for a pole-position
start having headed the time sheets after an early fastest lap today.
But Randy, new to the Audi Sport North
America-backed Champion outfit this year, lost out on the No.1 spot with
less than five of the 20-minute qualifying session remaining.
“I’m obviously very pleased despite missing out
on pole,” said an ecstatic Pobst. “To bag a front row start on my maiden
race with Audi is a great introduction for me. The Champion Racing team
have done a magnificent job on the world motor racing debut of the RS 6.
I can’t wait to start using Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive
traction – it’ll be a revelation.”
Meanwhile defending World Challenge GT champion
Michael Galati claimed a third row start – deprived of improving in the
dying moments of the session when the chequer came out slightly early
due to a stricken car on the track.
Mike commented: “I’m satisfied with a top-five
place. To claim second and fifth places on the grid for our first RS 6
race is a great performance. But I know the race will be tough – it’ll
be a case of taking care of the car.”
Rod Bymaster, Audi Sport North America’s
Motorsport Manager, commented: “Champion have done a great job. They
made some improvements to the car overnight which helped today. I’m
looking forward to the race”
The 50-minute race around Sebring’s 3.7-mile
track starts at 1625 tomorrow (FRIDAY).
Sebring International Raceway, 13 March -
Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi,
Messina, Sicily. Lives: North Olmsted, Ohio. Qualified: 5th (2mins
14.021secs), 99.387mph (average speed)
Randy Pobst (45). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives:
Gainesville, Georgia. Qualified: 2nd (2mins 12.887secs), 100.235mph
Sebring SPEED GT Top Ten
1(73), Phil McClure,
Floris, Iowa, Corvette Z06, 2:12.646, 100.417
2(2), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Audi RS 6, 2:12.887, 100.235
3(44), John Young, Woodside, Calif., Saleen SR 351, 2:13.215, 99.988
4(22), Mike Fitzgerald, Phoenix, Ariz., Porsche 911 Cup, 2:13.258,
5(1), Michael Galati, N. Olmstead, Ohio, Audi RS 6, 2:14.021, 99.387
6(7), Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, Calif., BMW M3, 2:14.350, 99.144
7(8), Hans Stuck, Austria, BMW M3, 2:14.998, 98.668
8(69), Victor Contreras(R), San Juan Puerto Rico, Porsche 911 Cup,
9(6), Boris Said, Carlsbad, Calif., BMW M3, 2:15.228, 98.500
10(14), Michael Culver, Westport, Conn., Porsche 911 Cup, 2:16.298,
Champion Racing SPEED GT Sebring Formguide
(Audi S4 “Competition”).
2001 – Galati: Qualified 3rd. Result 2nd. Bell:
Qualified: 7th. Result: 24th. 2002 – Galati: Qualified 1st (2:19.229).
Result 1st. Bell: Qualified: 9th.
* Pobst: Did not enter