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  2002 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  

25 May, Lime Rock, Connecticut - Saturday at Lime Rock was a picture-perfect day for racing, with temperatures in the low 70's, clear skies and a light breeze, and race fans arrived in droves for the Memorial Day summer kickoff races in the scenic Berkshire foothills.

The Lime Rock round of the 2002 Speed World Challenge GT Championship features a unique new qualifying proceedure. On Saturday morning, GT Qualifying was held as normal, with Michael Galati qualifying seventh and Derek Bell qualifying tenth.

Then, in the afternoon, the Top Ten Shootout was held to determine the final top ten starting positions. The top ten qualifiers from the morning session participated in a single-car qualifying session, in reverse order. Thus, the morning's tenth qualifier, Derek Bell, was first out for the Shootout, and Michael Galati's seventh spot from the morning meant he would go out fourth in the afternoon.

Each car got one warmup lap, one timed lap and a cool-down lap, with the afternoon's times taking precedence over whatever times the cars had set in the morning. Derek headed out and set his best time of the weekend, and when Galati did his flying lap he was one of the few to improve his time from the morning session. Their times from the Shootout put them third (Galati) and eighth (Bell) on the starting grid for Monday's Speed GT feature race.

Since Connecticut law prohibits racing on Sundays, tomorrow will be a quiet day for all the series present, though there is still final race preparation to be accomplished, and numerous activities are planned at the track to entertain the fans. We expect the Mirage Oasis hot tub will see plenty of action, as relaxation will be the order of the day. Monday will feature a short morning warmup, and the Speed GT race will be the last race of the day.


Starting Order for Speed GT Race, after Top Ten Shootout Qualifying:

1 - Randy Pobst - Porsche 911 Cup - 58.759sec**

2 - Peter Cunningham - Acura NSX - 58.954sec**

3 - Michael Galati - Audi S4 Comp. - 59.047**

4 - Jeff McMillin - BMW M3 - 59.207**

5 - Johannes van Overbeek - Porsche 911 Cup - 59.496**

6 - David Farmer - Corvette Z06 - 59.659

7 - Eric Curran - Corvette Z06 - 59.819

8 - Derek Bell - Audi S4 Comp. - 59.933

(**Better than Existing Track Record)

Warming up the S4 Quattro for Qualifying Michael Galati mounts up...
Derek Bell waits to lead off the Top Ten Shootout Derek takes the checkers on his qualifying run
Galati starts third on Memorial Day A little bit of Florida at Lime Rock Park... Bell and Galati wait for the Top Ten Shootout to begin...
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