Randy Pobst and Audi lie second in the Speed GT World Challenge Driver's and Manufacturers' standings respectively after recording a fine third place at Mosport's Victoria Day meet near Toronto, Canada, today (18 May). Pobst started his Audi RS...
Randy Pobst and Audi lie second in the Speed GT World Challenge Driver's and Manufacturers' standings respectively after recording a fine third place at Mosport's Victoria Day meet near Toronto, Canada, today (18 May).
Pobst started his Audi RS 6 "Competition" from the front row of the 22-car grid for the second consecutive race with defending GT champion Galati fourth in his identical Audi Sport North America-supported Champion Racing sedan.
Pobst and Galati catapulted to the front at the green light -- their Audi's fully utilizing their near 500-bhp Audi motor's bi-turbo 4.2-liter power courtesy of the unique all-wheel-drive quattro system.
Randy ran wide at Turn 2 allowing Michael to head the field for the opening three laps before Pobst slipped ahead to lead the field for over half the race. But Galati's luck deserted him when a stone holed his RS 6's water radiator forcing him to "back off" him and drop to an eventual 16th place at the checkered flag.
Pobst reigned supreme until opening Sebring race winner Phil McClure (Corvette) went ahead with 12-laps remaining when Pobst uncharacteristically made a mistake and took to the grass. With three laps to run Randy, lacking front-end grip, was powerless to fight off the advances of John Young (Saleen).
However Pobst managed to repeat his third-place Sebring result by just staying ahead of the pole-starting Bill Auberlen (BMW), who had served a stop-go penalty on lap seven for a jump start, with the cars crossing the finish line almost side-by-side.
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."
Louis Milone, Champion Racing's RS 6 Team Leader:
"We didn't complete many laps during Thursday's test and Friday washed out while qualifying consisted of just one flying lap after the session was stopped less than five minutes in so to claim a second consecutive rostrum with our new RS 6 is very pleasing."