Galati second at Trois-Rivieres. Audi S4s second and twelfth at Trois-Rivieres. Trois-Rivieres, Canada -- Michael Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, finished a strong second with teammate Derek Bell, driving the ...
Galati second at Trois-Rivieres. Audi S4s second and twelfth at Trois-Rivieres.
Trois-Rivieres, Canada -- Michael Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, finished a strong second with teammate Derek Bell, driving the number two Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 Competition, finishing a disappointing 12th in round seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Channel GT Series at Trois-Rivieres today.
Galati, starting from his second place qualifying position, was able to get a good jump on the pole sitter Randy Pobst. However, with a staggered Formula 1 style standing start, Galati could not get his Audi beside the Porsche to take the position. "I think that the staggered start affected me a lot. We can usually get a couple of positions with our quattro launch, but the stager gave Randy a nice advantage that is difficult to make up. I was running as close to the Porsche as I could hoping he would make a mistake or that once we caught lap traffic I could get passed, but that wasn't the case. The Champion team did a great job to get the car ready for this tight track, lessons learned from Washington," said Galati.
Derek Bell had a good start running in the top four, an improvement from his fifth place qualifying position. On lap 13, the sporstcar legend experienced brake problems. "I was having a look at a podium position running comfortably in fourth mid race when I started to get a soft brake pedal. I went by the pits and the crew said the left rear was smoking and not to use too much brake. I was going down the back straight pumping the brake pedal thinking I might have to use the Mustang to help stop me and then I got it slowed with the help of the extra runoff area. When I returned to the race 10 laps later the car was actually handling better and I had great fun tossing it around the tight turns," said Bell.
"This was a nice finish after a tough Washington street race. We learned a lot from that race and made the necessary adjustments. Michael was able to pad his drivers points lead with a strong second place. Derek had some tough luck but it was a real show when he returned to the race," said Rod Bymaster, manager Audi Sport.