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



  2002 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2002) -- The first racing cars to take to the new 1.661-mile, seven turn temporary racing circuit today were the SPEED World Challenge GT's, and the first of those to hit the track were the pair of Champion Audi S4 Competitions of Derek Bell and series defending champion Michael Galati.

Bell and Galati led the 22-car GT field out for the first-ever laps turned in anger on the D.C. course, which was created from an abandoned parking lot adjacent to Washinton's RFK Stadium. Derek Bell had the honor of taking the first laps for Audi at what has turned out to be a very fine facility.

Bell was fastest in the morning's twenty-minute practice for Speed GT's, followed by Galati. But by later in the afternoon track conditions had changed dramatically with extremely hot conditions, and the Champion S4's were only able to set seventh (Galati) and ninth (Bell) fastest times from the day's two practices. Woody's Ice Qualifying for Saturday evening's race is set for 11:15 a.m. The green lights come on for the standing start of Round Six at 5:25 p.m. (EDT).


Combined Best Times from Friday Practices:

1 (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:19.775, 74.955mph

2 (73), Phil McClure, Floris, Iowa, Corvette ZO6, 1:20.254, 74.508

3 (81), Johannes van Overbeek, Danville, Calif., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:20.326, 74.441

4 (42), Peter Cunningham, W. Bend, Wis., Acura NSX SC, 1:20.693, 74.103

5 (25), Jeff McMillin, Erie, Pa., BMW M3, 1:21.026, 73.798


7 (1), Michael Galati, N. Olmstead, Ohio, Audi S4 Comp., 1:21.621, 73.260


9 (2), Derek Bell, Pagham, England, Audi S4 Comp., 1:21.737, 73.156

Escorted by D.C. Police and event sponsor Cadillac, the Champion Audi S4's take to the track Derek Bell turns the first hot lap by a race car at Washington, D.C. The D.C. organizers have built an excellent curcuit from a former parking lot
RFK Stadium looms in the background as Michael Galati heads through Turn One It isn't just hard-working race car drivers that are suffering with the oppressive summer heat
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