Memorial Day 2001 at Lime Rock Park was very good to
Racing, as Michael Galati put a hole-shot on polesitter Peter Cunningham
the start and never looked back, taking a 9.098-second victory and
the GT Championship lead, averaging 72.685 mph in the 61.2-mile event.
huge early lead was breifly lost by an early full-course caution period,
Phil McClure's car went off on lap two and ended on its roof. McClure was
But again on the restart, Galati pulled out on the field - something
has been doing a lot of late - and widened his lead, running hard all the
to the hard-earned checkered flag. This is a sweet return to Victory Lane
Galati and crew, who have had a second at Sebring and third at Mosport,
winning the Speedvision World Challenge GT season opener at Texas Motor
"It was a fantastic race for us," said Galati. "We got a terrific start
of the Quattro system in the Audi. I was really concentrating on the
this year, because it was bad for us last year. I was able to work to a
lead. This was just a great weekend for us." Fast Qualifier Cunningham's
NSX had a rare mechanical DNF after the car sustained a broken left rear
on lap 22. He finished 23rd to score only three race points. Jimmy Adams'
came second, and Mike Fitzgerald's Porsche came third.
Derek Bell and crew had unwanted surprises on raceday, when Derek's S4
lost two gears in the morning qualifying session (he qualified eighth
necessitating a hurried transmission change before the noon race start.
had to make a stop for clutch adjustment, but recovered to finish ninth.
the race, Derek sat outside while his crew explained his racecar to tech
signing autographs for and greeting literally hundreds of racegoers. Every
Derek starts signing autographs and chatting with fans, a large crowd
forms and it stays that way till he has to leave.
The next stop, Round Five, for the Speedvision World Challenge GT
will be at the Grand Prix of Detroit, in conjunction with the CART FedEx
and Trans-Am, held on June 15-17.
Results from Lime Rock Park, Round Four
1. Michael Galati, Audi S4 Comp.
2. Jimmy Adams, Porsche 911 Cup
3. Mike Fitzgerald, Porsche GT3 Cup
4. Bobby Sak(R), Corvette C5
5. Eric Curran, Corvette C5
9. Derek Bell, Audi S4 Comp