Auburn Hills, Mich.- Derek Bell and Michael Galati are excited to be taking the Audi S4s to Laguna Seca for round eight of the Speedvision World Challenge GT Series. Following the engine miss that resurfaced in Atlanta, the team has isolated...
Auburn Hills, Mich.- Derek Bell and Michael Galati are excited to be taking the Audi S4s to Laguna Seca for round eight of the Speedvision World Challenge GT Series.
Following the engine miss that resurfaced in Atlanta, the team has isolated the problem and instituted a fix that should put the S4s back to the front of the pack.
Champion Audi has regrouped and prepared the S4s for the undulating Laguna Seca circuit. The 2.23-mile circuit features many high-speed turns including the corkscrew where the S4 can showcase its quattro drive
Galati is currently tied for fourth in drivers' points with 120, only 34 behind Jeff McMillin, who is in first place. Derek Bell sits 14th with 74 points. Audi is in fourth place in the manufacturers' standings.
Quotes for Atlanta: Derek Bell, Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "I think if we over come our technical problem the car will be competitive. The uphill section and through the corkscrew will be a strong stretch for us provided we get the handling right. Laguna should be our best chance for a win."
Michael Galati, Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition: "We still look very good in the points, considering the trouble we have been having. We are just three points out of third, so our goal for the last three races is going for maximum points. With 34 points available on a weekend, we still have a chance to win. In Texas and Atlanta, many of the top competitors dropped out. If that happens in Laguna, we should battle for the win. We have the car handling great. You need some torque to get up the hill, but our handling should help us maintain momentum to keep up with the top cars."
Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America: "We have been chasing the engine mapping for the past four races. With the problems we have been having, I think it is pretty remarkable that Michael is still fourth in points. We are looking forward to Laguna Seca. The track, with its high speed corners, should offer the S4 a great opportunity to be competitive."
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