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  2001 Speedvision GT World Challenge GT Series  

SCCA Press)PORTLAND, Ore. (August 5, 2001) -- The advantage of an inherently quiet car under strict sound restrictions helped Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, dominate round seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT race at Portland International Raceway. Johannes van Overbeek, of Danville, Calif., and Justin Jackson, of Alpharetta, Ga., completed the top three.

Coping with a strict 105-decibel sound level proved costly to many teams as extra mufflers robbed many cars of horsepower. Galati’s No. 9 Champion Racing Audi S4 Competition, an inherently quiet race car due to its twin-turbocharged configuration, was likely the least effected car, as it led every lap from the pole to win the 58.32-mile contest, averaging 81.179 mph.

“We didn’t have a problem with sound this weekend, which was an advantage,” said Galati, who extended his points lead to 30, 204 to 174, over Peter Cunningham. “I felt bad for the guys who had to run the bigger mufflers. I just kept my head down and kept truckin’.”

  Top Five Portland Speedvision GT Finishers (starting pos. in paren):

1. (1), Michael Galati, Audi S4 Competition

2. (3), Johannes van Overbeek, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

3. (11), Justin Jackson, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

4. (4), Jimmy Adams, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

5. (6), Derek Bell, Audi S4 Competition
Andy Wallace checks out Bell's S4 Galati in front, green-to-checkers DB riding the curbs at Portland
Galati's S4 sets first 2001 GT Pole for Champion Galati and Bell...it doesn't get any better...
Portland Parade Lap Bell and Galati head out for practice
van Overbeek, Galati and Jackson on the Portland Podium Champagne in the eyes...the price of Victory The celebration continues
Galati celebrates victory on Portland Podium Getting the exhausts right was crucial at Portland It was Quattro weather in early Portland practice
The S4 Crew watches practice The Stagg Chili girls carry the flag...after a bit of appropriate preparation...
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