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  Archive of Audi S4 Race Reports/News/Photos 2002  
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  2002 Speed GT World Challenge GT Series  
     
  2002 MOSPORT - MICHAEL GALATI TAKES SPEED GT POLE  
     
 

Mosport Park, Canada (May 18, 2002) -- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, took his second-straight Woody's Ice Pole Position of the season, smashing the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT track record at Mosport International Raceway. Galati's arch nemesis, Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., was second, followed by David Farmer, of Albemarle, N.C. Driving the No. 1 Champion Racing Audi S4 Competition, Galati turned a fastest lap of 1:28.457 (100.075 mph) to eclipse Cunningham's 2001 mark of 1:28.690.

"I'm very surprised," said Galati, who earned his 17th World Challenge GT Pole Position. "We worked on setup all week. I just held my breath and went! There was nothing left out there. I was braking over brows, the car was squirrelly, but the Quattro system on the Audi really worked. The cooler weather really helped us out too, for the turbos."

Both Galati's Audi and Cunningham's RealTime Racing Acura NSX SC received performance restrictions after the season-opening round at Sebring, but didn't change the top two positions on the grid that they have regularly occupied since the start of last season. Cunningham also eclipsed his old record, with a fast lap of 1:28.673 (99.831 mph).

Champion Audi S4 Team Leader Louis Milone comments on Galati's Pole-wining run at Mosport, "Mike went out and put down his best lap, and it was a 1:28.68, and he said that was all that he had. Next lap PD (Cunningham) clicked off a 1:28.64..... I called Mike on the radio and told him to 'dig a litter deeper'... I still don't know what he did but he went by at a 1:28.46 for the pole, and then came in saying that was all and don't ask for more. That was the pole!!!"

Round Two of the Speed GT Championship will start Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT, and will be televised on Speed Channel on Saturday June 1st at 9:00 p.m. EDT. The Mosport GT race can be followed via live timing and scoring on the Internet.

 
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Preparing one of several Speed Channel in-car TV cameras on Derek Bell's S4 James Boody celebrates another Galati Pole
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