pair of Audi RS 6 "Competition" cars will start from the front row for
Monday's SPEED World Challenge GT race at Lime Rock Park as part of
the Memorial Day weekend Road Racing Classing featuring the Mohegan
Sun Grand Prix.
Randy Pobst not only set the fastest qualifying
lap with a time of 0:54.362 (101.321 mph), but also set a new SPEED GT
qualifying record for the track. Michael Galati was just a few tenths
behind Pobst with a time of 0:54.455.
powerful 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo engines of the RS 6s put the Audis in
front position within the first 5 laps of the half hour qualifying
session. Champion Racing Team Manager Mike Peters opted to hold the
cars in the pit area for the rest of the session to preserve the Toyo
RA-1 tires. The strategy paid off as none of the other 28 cars could
better the time set by the duo from Audi Certified Champion Racing.
Rod Bymaster, Motorsport Manager for Audi
Sport North America, was very pleased with the outcome of today's
qualifying session. "Congratulations to Champion Racing. Louis Milone
(Audi RS 6 Team Leader) and the rest of the team have worked really
hard since Sebring and obviously the work paid off. We were on the
pole here last year as well as two years ago so it's a great trend so
far for Audi and Champion Racing."
Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "Today was so nerve wracking for me. We are
all so close and it was torture for me to sit in the pits while
everyone else was out there. I wanted the pole so badly because I
wanted it for the team and for Audi Certified Pre-owned. I expect the
usual excellent start because of the quattro system but I also feel
that this car can be driven hard throughout the 50-minute race. It's
just a really well built car."
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "The team has
done a fantastic job on these cars since Sebring. I'm happy to be
second but I felt I could have done better had I not been in some
traffic. I'm happy to be in the front row though because that's where
we belong. The hard work by Champion Racing has once again paid off
for myself and Randy."
Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "Well, we're back up on the front row where
we belong. I think a lot of good decisions by the drivers and team
were made during qualifying. We're looking forward to Monday to a
stellar, front row, double quattro start."
The 2nd SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race of
the season will commence at Lime Rock Park on Monday, May 31st at
12:10 p.m. EDT. 30 cars will compete on the 1.53-mile track.
1) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS
2) Michael Galati/Olmsted/OH Audi RS
3) Michael Culver/Westport/CT Porsche 911
4) Lou Gigliotti/Dallas/TX Corvette
5) Max Angelleli/Monte Carlo/MC Cadillac
6) Andy Pilgrim/Delray Beach/FL Cadillac