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Champion Racing response to Lime Rock appeal denied

Champion Racing believes it has succeeded in improving the running of the SCCA Pro Racing's Speed GT World Challenge. The Florida-based Audi team highlighted inconsistencies with regards the SCCA's rule book which will now be addressed by series...

Champion Racing believes it has succeeded in improving the running of the SCCA Pro Racing's Speed GT World Challenge. The Florida-based Audi team highlighted inconsistencies with regards the SCCA's rule book which will now be addressed by series officials.

Despite the SCCA Court of Appeals (COA) denying Champion Racing's appeal this week, the long-term future of the series can only benefit from rule clarification instigated by the Champion team's actions.

Mike Peters, Director of Race Operations, confirmed: "It was necessary to find the truth and we [Champion Racing] believe SCCA Pro Racing will make the right decisions from this point forward.

"The rule book was clear in our opinion on the tire size issue which is why we questioned how competitors at Lime Rock could race with smaller tires. It is now evident that the Technical Director allowed these changes to take place after qualifying - and it appears to be within his power to do so. In a professional series, with professional teams competing, a rule like this should be changed."

The appeal was in response to SCCA Pro Racing's decision to not hear Champion Racing's protest concerning the rear tires used by race winner Bill Auberlen and team-mate Hans Stuck in the last race (round 4, Lime Rock).

The COA hearing determined that SCCA Pro Racing officials acted within the rules in interpreting tire regulations but importantly admitted to inconsistencies within the rule book.

"I'd like to thank all parties involved for handling this situation in a very professional manner," said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager. "This situation has pointed out some inconsistencies in the SCCA Pro Racing rule book that are being addressed."

Champion Racing's Randy Pobst begins the fifth round of the series at Atlanta on 28 June leading the series in his Audi RS 6 Competition.

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Drivers Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst