Audi S4's to Start Third and Eleventh Sonoma, Calif., After a tough start to the weekend the Audi S4's of Michael Galati and Derek Bell, qualified third and eleventh for round four of the Speedvision GT Series at Sears Point. Mechanical ...
Audi S4's to Start Third and Eleventh
Sonoma, Calif., After a tough start to the weekend the Audi S4's of Michael Galati and Derek Bell, qualified third and eleventh for round four of the Speedvision GT Series at Sears Point.
Mechanical gremlins infested the Audis throughout practice on Thursday and Friday, but the Champion Audi Racing crew was able to overcome them for qualifying.
"Qualifying went well, we are more than a second-and-a-half faster than we practiced yesterday. The car seems to work really well of the corners and through the high-speed esses, thanks to the quattro traction. If the race stays green all of the way we should have a good result," said Galati, driver of the number 9 Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition.
Derek Bell, driver of the number 8, Legends of Motorsport/Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, commented on his eleventh place qualifying effort. "It was nice to do some laps, but it was difficult to get a good run in traffic. The tires are the best at the beginning of the session, but I couldn't get a good run until later. We really need to have a clean race to stay at the front."
"The team has really worked hard this weekend to get the S4 to the front. We need a good clean race to stay ahead of the big V-8's tomorrow," said Rod Bymaster, manager of Audi Sport North America.
Top 10 for Speedvision GT Grid for Sunday's Race <pre> 1. P.D. Cunningham BMW 1:44.483 2. Bill Cooper Corvette 1:44.515 3. Michael Galati Audi S4 1:45.553 4. Bobby Archer Viper 1:45.608 5. John Heinricy Corvette 1:45.987 6. David Schardt Porsche 1:46.233 7. Matt Drendel Ferrari 1:46.554 8. Mark Wolocatiuk Corvette 1:46.807 9. Jeff McMillin BMW 1:47.033 10. Frank Allers Corvette 1:47.447 11. Derek Bell Audi S4 1:47.457 </pre>