Pobst and Galati looking for retribution at Mosport in their K-PAX/3R Porsche GT3s Bowmansville, Ontario (August 21, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Team is in Ontario Canada for Round 7 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships...
Pobst and Galati looking for retribution at Mosport in their K-PAX/3R Porsche GT3s
Bowmansville, Ontario (August 21, 2008): The K-PAC/3R Racing Team is in Ontario Canada for Round 7 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships and both Randy Pobst and Michael Galati will be looking for a form of retribution in the SPEED GT Presented by Toyo Tires race here at Mosport Park.
Randy Pobst, of Gainesville Florida, not only escaped Round 6 at Road America but he managed to leave Wisconsin with a bit of a gift as he will enter this weekend's race weekend with an expanded lead in the Drivers' Championship. While Pobst should be happy all Randy is thinking about is his mistake here at Mosport in 2007 that resulted in his worst finish of the 2007 WCGT season.
"I know I should be happy that I escaped from Road America with a bigger lead than I had going in but Mosport is the scene of a disaster last year so we are trying to make 2008 at Mosport fabulous," said Pobst.
"We need to capitalize on our good luck from Road America that resulted from Andy's [Pilgrim] bad luck. But people should realize that the lead isn't nearly as big as it looks due to the new points' structure. Andy could pick up 110 points with a win this weekend (and by qualifying on the pole) so I can't relax for a minute because as we have seen things change pretty quickly in the World Challenge Series!"
Randy Pobst leads the GT points' chase by 68 over Andy Pilgrim (595 to 527) and the veteran Pobst and defending WCGT champ is taking nothing for granted with 4 races remaining.
"It's a lead and the size of it makes me think of being a little more conservative, but we haven't won anything yet and this is an aggressive sport so you have to go for it to do well," said Pobst with a bit of a sly smile. "The advantages I are the excellent preparation of my K-KAX/3R Racing crew and the legendary reliability of my Porsche 911."
Michael Galati, of Olmstead Ohio, has fond memories of Mosport but is looking to recover from a spin in Pilgrim's oil slick that dropped him out of a sure top 5 finish at Road America.
Galati won the 2006 WCGT race at Mosport in a K-KAX Volvo S60R by the widest margin of victory in World Challenge history in a driving rain storm. It was Galati's 3rd World Challenge win at Mosport. Galati started and finished his K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche GT3 3rd at Mosport in 2007.
"Our K-PAX Porsches are very balanced cars and this is good on a track like Mosport which has a lot of momentum turns," said Galati of one of his favorite tracks. "You have to do a lot of things right to do well at Mosport and you only have to do one little thing wrong to do very badly!
"This is a very fast race track and there are only a few places you can pass and one of them is at the end of the long back straight so getting out of Moss corner and carrying a lot of momentum on that straight is very important.
"Momentum is very important here at Mosport, especially in our cars because we don't have the power to pass those big V-8s and V-10s. Racing here is all about carrying momentum through the turn so that you have speed coming out."
Because of the tightness of the World Challenge GT competition and the difficulty passing on the high speed Mosport track Michael Galati expects Round 7 of the SPEED GT series race to be a two part affair because qualifying in the late morning for the evening race will be critically important.
"Qualifying will be very important but I have faith in my K-PAX/3R crew that will have a good car," concluded Galati. "It will be up to me to make it work this weekend!"
Pobst and Galati will qualify their K-PAX/3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars on Saturday August 24th 2008 at 10:45 am and Round 7 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Presented by Toyo Tires here at Mosport will take their usual thrill packed standing start at 6:30 pm Eastern Time on Saturday August 24th.
The race can be seen on SPEED TV on Wednesday August 27th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.