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Archive of Audi RS 6 Race Reports/News/Photos 2004

 
   
 

RS 6 2003  -  2004

 

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  2004 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  
  Road America  
 

Galati and Pobst Finish 1-2 at Road America

 

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(Race) ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 21, 2004) - The Audi Certified Champion RS 6 team demonstrated classic "textbook" racing today with their 1-2 podium finish on the 4.048-mile road course of Road America. Randy Pobst and Michael Galati were 1-2 on the grid and with only a slight switch of position at the start of the race (Galati passed Pobst) the duo was able to keep their leading positions from flag to flag.

Driving the No. 2 Certified pre-owned Audi RS 6, Galati passed Pobst going into Turn 1. Pobst ducked in behind Galati and together they cruised the famous hills and curves that wind through the Kettle Moraine Forest.

Pobst started to close the gap towards the end but it just wasn't enough to overtake his teammate while also fending off Phil McClure in his Corvette Z06.

There are a several weeks until the SPEED World Challenge GT series competes at Road Atlanta as part of the Petit Le Mans Weekend. Petit Le Mans is scheduled for September 23-25 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "I want to thank my teammate for giving me room going into Turn 1. After that I just put my head down and drove the wheels off. I tried to open a gap early because I was worried about the tires. I particularly want to thank Alcon and Ohlins for fantastic brakes and shock absorbers. They did a great job after Mosport. The Champion Racing guys, they just never die. They just never give up. They are the best!"

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "Champion Racing pulled a rabbit out of a hat today. They worked some magic on my RS 6 this weekend. It was just ultra competitive today. As Audi says, 'Never Follow'. That is unless you are following another Audi."

Louis Milone (Team Leader). "This 1-2 victory comes down to the team's performance as well as the driver's performance. The Champion guys worked tirelessly around the clock since Mosport, to continually develop these cars. As a team we are committed to winning the Manufacturer's Championship. Once again our hard work, team effort and commitment paid off."

DRIVER/HOMETOWN/STATE CAR LAPS DIFFERENCE

1) Michael Galati/Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6 18

2) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6 18 +1.324

3) Phil McClure/Floris/IA Corvette Z06 18 +1.831

4) Michael Culver/Westport/CT Porsche 911 Cup 18 +3.589

5) Max Angelelli/Monte Carlo/MC Cadillac CTS-V 18 +6.515

Margin of victory: 1.324 Seconds

Lap leaders: Laps 1-18, #2 Michael Galati

Fastest race lap: #2 Michael Galati, 2:18.116 (105.511 mph)

Fastest qualifier: #1 Randy Pobst, 2:14.551 (108.306 mph)

(Qualifying) ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 21, 2004) - Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia, earned his second pole position this year during the qualifying session for today's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Eight race at Road America. Pobst's teammate, Michael Galati of Olmstead, Ohio, qualified a close second providing the Audi Certified Champion RS 6 team their third 1-2 start this season.

Driving the No. 1 Certified Audi RS 6, Pobst turned his fastest lap of 2:14.551 (108.306 mph) in the first 5 minutes of qualifying. Several on track incidents early on shortened the usual 20-minute session to a mere 13-minutes. Fortunately Galati in his No. 2 Certified Audi RS 6 was right behind Pobst thus also allowing Galati to get his fast lap 2:14.551 (108.110) early on.

"This is a track that I have raced at for a long time," Galati said attributing his fast qualifying time to track familiarity. "I know this track like the back of my hand. It is one of my favorite tracks." Galati has three wins and three poles in five Road America appearances.

Round Eight of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race takes the green flag today, Saturday, August 21, at 4:10 p.m. (CDT). The race will be broadcast next Sunday, August 29, on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "Qualifying was fantastic because my Certified Audi was so awesome! This crew just keeps improving these RS 6s every race. It was a great run for Audi today."

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I'm ecstatic about getting this pole position. After Mosport my crew chief, James Boody, and the rest of the crew worked some magic to get my car back to running at 110%. The speed of this Audi RS 6 right now is more than what I expected."

Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "All of our hard work from Mosport definitely paid off for us today. The guys have worked several nights all through the night to put Randy's car back together and now we have the results to show for it. The session was definitely in our favor today with the red flag incidents. Most of the other cars had their fast laps aborted whereas we didn't. Being up front and out first is what gave us the 1-2 today."

DRIVER/HOMETOWN/STATE CAR FAST LAP SPEED

1) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA Audi RS 6 2:14:551 108.306

2) Michael Galati/Olmsted/OH Audi RS 6 2:14.795 108.110

3) Max Angelelli/Monte Carlo/MC Cadillac CTS-V 2:15.949 107.193

4) Phil McClure/Floris/IA Corvette Z06 2:16.511 106.751

5) Andy Pilgrim/Delray Beach/FL Cadillac CTS-V 2:16.535 106.733

 
     
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