Another podium finish for Audi and Champion Racing BOWMANVILLE, Can. (May 18, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the second time this year in the SPEED World Challenge GT series race at Mosport...
Another podium finish for Audi and Champion Racing
BOWMANVILLE, Can. (May 18, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the second time this year in the SPEED World Challenge GT series race at Mosport International Raceway. Pobst drove consistently throughout the 30 lap race to once again put himself and the Champion Racing Team on the podium in third place.
Both Randy Pobst and Michael Galati (grid 2nd and 4th) used the Audi quattro system to launch themselves into 1st and 2nd position at the start of the race. In fact it was Galati who went from 4th to 1st and would lead the 22 car field for the first four laps. Then the drivers changed positions and Pobst lead for the next 15 of the required 30 laps. After a slight runoff in turn 3 by Pobst, the hard charging Corvette of Phil McClure took the lead. Six laps later, the Saleen SR 351 car of John Young sneaked by Pobst and thus set the stage for the podium.
"It was a great race for Randy today," exclaimed Rod Bymaster, Audi Sport North America's Motorsport Manager. "The Champion Racing Team (Pompano Beach, FL) did a great job in preparing both cars. Especially with such limited track time this weekend."
For Galati, it was another frustrating race. Mechanical problems from a rock lodging itself into the radiator would ultimately cause Galati's car to overheat. "I'm a little disappointed for Michael," said Bymaster. "We think he got a rock in the radiator which caused the car to overheat. It seems Michael is having bad luck this year. Other than Michael's rock problem, the cars ran well. We should be ready for next weekend."
Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: North Olmsted, Ohio:
Speed World Challenge stats: 71 starts, 16 wins, 37 top-3s, 52 top-5s, 62 top-10s
"My car felt really good during the opening laps showing the Champion guys had done a fantastic job setting up our new car considering the lack of 'dry' laps we'd run here. But just before half distance, my car started running hot and it appears a stone or some debris punctured the radiator."
Randy Pobst (45). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:
Speed World Challenge stats: 16 starts, 6 wins, 13 top-3s, 14 top-5s, 14 top-10s
"At the start I went into turn 2 got sideways and on to the grass which allowed Michael to take the lead. I got by him in turn 10 on the fourth lap. Some consistent laps earned me a nice lead but looking for that little bit extra, I made a mistake - briefly toured the Canadian countryside - and lost the lead."
Tape-delay coverage of this race will air Saturday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). The SCCA Speed GT Championship travels to Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn., next weekend for two rounds of the 10-race Championship.