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



  2001 Speedvision GT World Challenge GT Series  

MONTEREY, Calif. - Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship leader Michael Galati saw his title points lead shrink at Laguna Seca after another of his patented storming starts.

Galati qualified fourth for Sunday's race, but by the time the field arrived at Turn One, Galati was in the lead after an excellent start. Galati held off RealTime Racing's Peter Cunningham's Acura NSX for three laps before Cunningham made the pass for the lead.

Galati's No. 9 Champion Audi S4 Competition fell victim to Johannes van Overbeek's No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup in turn 11. Three laps later, he spun in turn nine, falling back to 11th, and then 12th a lap later. He would finish 10th (his worst previous finish being fourth). Team mate Derek Bell finished 15th after starting 11th.

Going into the doubleheader finale the weekend of October 5-7, Michael Galati retains his GT points lead with 222 over rival Cunningham's 208, with van Overbeek in third with 187. A possible 34 points can be won during each Speedvision GT race weekend.

Derek Bell takes the short way through the Corkscrew Michael Galati at the top of Laguna's famous Corkscrew Galati dives over the edge of the famous Corkscrew
Allen checks the Audi S4's turbocharged V6 Bell races through the top of the Corkscrew Thumbs-Up...a common reaction to the Audi S4 Quattro
Derek Bell and Michael Galati Galati and Bell in a quieter moment at the Corkscrew
Galati under heavy pressure from Cunningham and van Overbeek JD, Tim and Chris engaged in technical discussion
Vicki - Race Girl Kevin and Louis going through the numbers Race Day - Galati barely visible in fourth starting spot during Pace Lap
Moments after The Start - Galati leads the GT field out of Turn One... Young S4 fan buckles in
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