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Sears Point: Champion Racing Saturday notes

Series leader Randy Pobst and defending champion Michael Galati start their respective Audi Sport North America supported Audi RS 6 Competitions from the third and fifth rows of the 24-car grid for the 25-lap race. Pobst turned a 1min 43.381secs...

Series leader Randy Pobst and defending champion Michael Galati start their respective Audi Sport North America supported Audi RS 6 Competitions from the third and fifth rows of the 24-car grid for the 25-lap race. Pobst turned a 1min 43.381secs with Galati stopping the clock at 1:44.787 for fifth and ninth places. The Sears race marks the first event this year where an Audi has failed to start from the front row.

Michael Galati

"The characteristics of the Sears circuit are not doing us [Audi] any favors. Because we have all-wheel-drive 'quattro' and a twin-turbo V8 motor, the organizing SCCA penalize us with weight and boy it sure hurts us here. I got completely sideways during qualifying - the condition of the track was not great with oil, dust and stones on it. I'll be in a conservative mode for the race as it's important to save the tires and brakes."

Randy Pobst

"There's not much in the way of straightaways here and for that reason, it is the least favorable of the circuits for our Audi especially as I have 110lbs of 'rewards' ballast having finished in the top-three in all previous five races. I've accomplished goal number one in claiming a reasonable grid position - I'm very happy with fifth. I now have two aims for the race - to lead a lap but also to 'survive' and come away with a healthy points haul."

-cr-

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Series PWC
Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati