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  2002 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  

Monterey, Calif. (21 Sept 2002) - Another year, another struggle for the Champion Audi S4 team coming to grips with the legendary Laguna Seca track. Throughout practice and qualifying for Sunday's SPEED GT race, the S4 crew and drivers have done their utmost to find sufficient grip to push the Quattro's further toward the front.

Perhaps the brightest spot of the weekend has been the superb showing from young Paul Edwards, who is driving the third Champion S4 by arrangement with Audi Sport North America. Paul had zero tin top experience before coming aboard just days ago, and due to lack of funds had not even driven in competition in the previous nine months.

Edwards admitted to having trouble in his first day with the S4, during Thursday's World Challenge testing, putting his #3 Audi into the gravel traps on several occasions. But Friday practice saw him shoot straight up to second fastest time of the early session, behind sportscar ace Randy Pobst, proving that Audi N.A.'s confidence in him was well-placed indeed.

Defending SPEED GT Drivers' Champion, Michael Galati, was fairly consistently in the top three during practice, and in Saturday's twenty-minute qualifying session he put his #1 Audi third on the starting grid for Sunday's 26-lap race. Again in qualifying Edwards impressed, taking the sixth starting position. Derek Bell, driving the SPEED Legends of Motorsport #2 Audi qualified eleventh.

Top Times from Laguna Seca SPEED GT Qualifying:

1. (42), Peter Cunningham, W. Bend, Wis., Acura NSX SC, 1:38.188, 82.054mph

2. (81), Johannes van Overbeek, Danville, Calif., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:38.211, 82.035

3. (1), Michael Galati, N. Olmstead, Ohio, Audi S4 Comp., 1:38.503, 81.792

4. (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:38.669, 81.654

5. (80), Justin Marks, Woodside, Calif., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:38.720, 81.612

6. (3), Paul Edwards(R), Santa Maria, Calif., Audi S4 Comp., 1:38.780, 81.563


11. (2), Derek Bell, Pagham, England, Audi S4 Comp., 1:39.205, 81

A superb World Challenge debut for Paul Edwards Paul Edwards poses with his Audi S4 Competition Michael Galati descends the Corkscrew during SPEED GT practice
Derek Bell at speed... A fleet of Audi S4's, ready for action at Laguna Seca Allen Watson warms up Edwards' car prior to qualifying
Third starting spot for Michael Galati
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