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  Archive of Audi S4 Race Reports/News/Photos 2001  
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Audi S4  2001  -  2002 

 

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  2001 Speedvision GT World Challenge GT Series  
     
  AUDI 2-3 IN ATLANTA RACE TWO EARNS GT TITLE FOR GALATI  
  SPEEDVISION GT MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP TO AUDI  
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7 October 2001, Road Atlanta - The 2001 Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship went right down to the tenth and final race of the season. RealTime Acura NSX pilot Peter Cunningham won the final race, but Michael Galati came home a steady second to clinch the GT Drivers' title for Champion Racing. Galati's team mate Derek Bell claimed his second podium in three days by finishing third, handing Audi the Speedvision World Challenge GT Manufacturers' Championship for 2001.

As in the first Atlanta race, both Galati and Bell got excellent starts, with Galati leading Cunningham into Turn One, with Bell following closely in third. But Cunningham knew he'd need every possible point to have any hope of taking the title, and he passed Galati in a daring move to lead the race as the field completed the first lap. The order at the front would remain just that way till the checkers, Cunningham leading Galati and Bell at the finish.

Galati's second was sufficient for him to claim the points lead and the GT title however, Cunningham finishing the year just twelve points adrift in the hard-fought GT Championship, in which Galati's higher average finishing results were the deciding factor over Cunningham's greater number of race wins.

 
     
  Results from Speedvision GT Round Ten at Road Atlanta:

1. Peter Cunningham, W. Bend, Wis., Acura NSX SC, 27laps

2. Michael Galati, Olmstead, Ohio, Audi S4 Comp., -0.849sec

3. Derek Bell, Pagham Sussex, England, Audi S4 Comp., -4.092sec

Final GT Points Standings after Ten Rounds: (Wins)

1. Michael Galati, Audi S4 Comp., 283 (4)

2. Peter Cunningham, Acura NSX SC, 271 (5)

3. Johannes van Overbeek, Porsche 911 Cup, 222 (1)

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11. Derek Bell, Audi S4 Comp., 142
 
     
 
2001 Speedvision World Challenge GT Champions In a well-planned surprise attack, the Speedvision GT Crew of the Year soaks The Bosses... The Champagne play continues
Shouldn't we be drinking this stuff instead of wearing it? GT Champion Galati gets an earful from race winner Cunningham... Peter Cunningham takes good-natured revenge on Galati and Bell...
Champion Audi S4 crew celebrates a 2-3 finish...and the Speedvision GT Championship for Galati and Audi Finally.....smiles Nothing more these guys can do but wait and hope...
Rod Bymaster, Dr. Ulrich, Len Hunt and Don Skuta look on... Crossed fingers up and down the line as the field takes the White Flag... Cunningham in front on lap two, but second place is good enough to hand Galati the Championship
Another great start for Galati and Bell in Race Two The final Speedvision GT grid of 2001
 
     
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