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Sebring: Champion Audi qualifying notes

The Audi RS 6 "Competition" Cars Qualify At Sebring SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2004) -- The Audi Certified pre-owned Champion RS 6 team qualified in 3rd and 9th position today in the first round of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series at Sebring ...

The Audi RS 6 "Competition" Cars Qualify At Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2004) -- The Audi Certified pre-owned Champion RS 6 team qualified in 3rd and 9th position today in the first round of the SPEED World Challenge GT Series at Sebring International Raceway.

Defending Series' Champion Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) qualified his #1 Audi RS 6 in 3rd position with a time of 2:10:661. Pobst's time will put him in the second row just behind the pole sitter.

"I'm very pleased with how qualifying went this morning," said Pobst. "The handling and the braking is up on the car this year. I'm really looking forward to the start of the race. We've got the advantage of quattro traction so hopefully I'll be the first guy in turn 1 and I'll stay there as long as I can. We've got some really tough competition this year and everyone is going several seconds faster than last year. We've improved the Certified Audi a lot and we need be consistent just like last year so we can earn the team another Championship."

Teammate Michael Galati (Olmsted Township, OH) qualified with time of 2:12:364 on the 3.7 mile, 17- turn road course. Galati's time puts his #2 Audi RS 6 in the fifth row for tomorrow's race.

"I think Champion made quite a bit of improvement this year on the car, especially with the new tires," said Galati. "We've had some small problems but in general, we just haven't done enough testing so I didn't really know enough about my car today. We'll figure it out though. That's what the first race of the year is all about. I feel confident though about the face. I'll try and pick up a couple of spots at the start and then just keep pushing."

The 2004 version of the Certified Audi RS 6 has undergone several changes since it was introduced last season. While the engine has stayed the same, 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo, the boost was compromised in order to allow the wider 305 sized Toyo RA-1 tires.

Like last year, the team has worked tirelessly within a short amount of time to prepare these cars for what has been called "one of the most competitive seasons ever" in the World Challenge GT Series. Pobst gained some much needed track time for set-up but for Galati, the bad luck from last year seems to have returned as his car spent most of the time in the paddock working on set-up changes.

The SCCA Speed GT Championship takes the green light Friday at 4:25 p.m. EST, for Round One of the 2004 season, part of the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. For more information, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

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