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Road America: Champion Racing GT qualifying notes

Champion Racing aiming to consolidate series position. Champion Racing's Randy Pobst and Michael Galati will line-up their Audi RS 6 Competitions in third and eighth positions respectively on the 25-car grid. A heavy rain shower an hour before...

Champion Racing aiming to consolidate series position.

Champion Racing's Randy Pobst and Michael Galati will line-up their Audi RS 6 Competitions in third and eighth positions respectively on the 25-car grid.

A heavy rain shower an hour before qualifying drenched the circuit but the sun re-appeared to continually dry the 4-mile track up to the start and during the 30-minute time trial.

Pobst, who lies second in the series, and Galati utilized their Audi's all-wheel-drive grip in the initial damp conditions, immediately going first (2:21.406) and second (2:21.638) fastest on their opening timed laps. Randy (2:20.691) and Michael (2:21.613) improved their times on their second "flying laps" before pitting midway through the session.

By the time the Audis returned to action six minutes later, the track had totally dried and their times were now good enough for only fifth and eighth places. But Pobst further improved his time (2:19.148) while Galati (2:20.084) also went faster in the closing moments.

Michael Galati

"Making our tires and brakes last for the entire 50-minute race is going to be a big struggle. We're hitting 160mph and braking down to around 50mph a number of times each lap. It's a big, heavy car so the brakes have a lot of work to do. I started from pole and won last year's Speed GT race at Road America."

Randy Pobst

"This was supposed to be a track where our Audis would have an advantage over our lightweight rivals thanks to our big V8 bi-turbo engines but it aint turned out that way. The race is going to be very hard for Michael and I -- we'll just have to hang in there and see what happens."

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati