Monterey, Calif. - The Audi S4s of Derek Bell and Michael Galati finished sixth and fourteenth for the one-hour Speedvision World Challenge GT Series race at Laguna Seca. The Audi S4s had a very competitive start. Derek Bell moved from his ...
Monterey, Calif. - The Audi S4s of Derek Bell and Michael Galati finished sixth and fourteenth for the one-hour Speedvision World Challenge GT Series race at Laguna Seca.
The Audi S4s had a very competitive start. Derek Bell moved from his sixth qualifying position to put Audi in second and third into turn one. At the exit of turn one, Galati's car lost horsepower, making it an effort to finish in the top fifteen.
Derek Bell had his best result of the year, finishing in sixth. Running as high as third position, the road racing legend kept the Audi at the front of the pack. With three laps remaining, Bell's car developed transmission trouble, causing him to drop from fourth to sixth place at the checkered flag.
Derek Bell , Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "We had understeer from practice, and it got worse during the race. I was able to get a good start and move up a few positions. Toward the end of the race I had to hunt for the gears. I had to find a gear and go. It wasn't always the right one."
Michael Galati , Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition: "Right away from the start, the car would not accelerate. I had a good run into turn one, then the car stopped pulling. The car just dropped in horsepower. I think a hose came lose or the waste gate stuck open."
, manager, Audi Sport North America: "We had a good result for Derek. Without the two car problems, we could have easily had both cars in the top five. I hope we are getting rid of all of our bad luck this year."
<pre> Audi S4 Competition Season: Charlotte Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 9th Mosport Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 7th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Lime Rock Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 29th Michael Galati qualified 1st and finished 5th Sears Point Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 5th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Quebec Derek Bell qualified 14th and finished 25th Michael Galati qualified 10th and finished 20th Texas Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 24th Michael Galati qualified 13th and finished 11th Atlanta Derek Bell qualified 11th and finished 13th Michael Galati qualified 4th and finished 8th Laguna Seca Derek Bell qualified 6th, finished 6th Michael Galati qualified 2nd, finished 14th