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Road Atlanta: Audi race notes

Galati fourth at Road Atlanta. Braselton, Georgia, -- Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition finished fourth in the ninth round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Channel GT Series race. The current series points leader ...

Galati fourth at Road Atlanta.

Braselton, Georgia, -- Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition finished fourth in the ninth round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Channel GT Series race.

The current series points leader qualified in fifth with a time of 1:32.86 and a speed of 98.4 mph. Galati was able to get a good start and follow teammate Paul Edwards to make an Audi one-two for the first lap. "I got a good start and I lead a couple of laps, which is good for a point towards the championship. It is difficult to maintain a lead with our extra weight at a momentum track like Road Atlanta. We will need another strong finish at VIR to take the Championship."

Paul Edwards, driving the number three Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, finished a strong fifth. Edwards qualified in second with a 1:32.44 and 98.9 mph. Edwards jumped into lead at the drop of the green flag, followed closely by Galati. Running strong all race Edwards was running in third on the last lap with Galati in fifth. "I really had a good start and it was nice to lead a lap. On the restart Mike got by me and I just tucked in behind him. I was really fast through the esses, but I was giving some away down the straight. In the end Mike is running for the championship and needs maximum points so I wanted to support that effort."

Derek Bell, driving the number two Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 Competition, finished in 16th place. Bell qualified ninth with a time of 1:33.53, 97.7 mph. After getting a good start the Sportscar Legend was hit from behind in turn six sending him into the Georgia clay. "I had a good start and was running in fifth when I was hit from behind, which sent me into John Young, really uncalled for on the first lap. I had to limp around to the pits and that was my race." Bell rejoined the race a lap down.

"We had a good weekend. Michael did a good job and scored maximum points. Derek had some tough luck, but rejoined the race and ran competitive laps. Paul is quite a talent. He lead a lap, qualified great and helped us get Mike in a position to win the championship. We wish Paul all the best in his quest for the Red Bull Drivers Scholarship," said Rod Bymaster, manager of motorsports for Audi of America.

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Drivers Paul Edwards , John Young , Derek Bell