Las Vegas, Nevada - Michael Galati, driving the Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, won the Speedvision GT race at the Grand Prix of Las Vegas from the pole. The win is the first for the Audi S4 program this season. The previous best finish...
Las Vegas, Nevada - Michael Galati, driving the Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, won the Speedvision GT race at the Grand Prix of Las Vegas from the pole.
The win is the first for the Audi S4 program this season. The previous best finish was a second place at Mosport in May.
The 2.25-mile modified oval circuit proved to suit the Audi S4 quattro. From the drop of the green flag, Galati was able to establish an impressive lead. At the halfway mark, Galati felt pressure from the Porsche of Mike Fitzgerald before he dropped out with mechanical problems. Galati's impressive win also included posting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:24.452 and 95.912 mph.
Teammate Derek Bell had an impressive first half improving his eleventh place starting position to eighth. On lap 23, the officials ruled that he passed under yellow. Bell was summoned to pit lane for a stop-and-go penalty, which dropped him back to 12th position for the finish.
Michael Galati, Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition: "This is a terrific win for me and Audi. It has been an up and down season, but it was a great day for the team. The handling of the car was unbelievable. We really did a good job of putting all the elements together today."
Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America: "After the last few races this is a wonderful result. Michael had command of the race from the very beginning. Champion did an excellent job preparing the cars, it was an impressive win for the team. " <pre> Audi S4 Competition Season: Charlotte Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 9th Mosport Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 7th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Lime Rock Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 29th Michael Galati qualified 1st and finished 5th Sears Point Derek Bell qualified 8th and finished 5th Michael Galati qualified 3rd and finished 2nd Quebec Derek Bell qualified 14th and finished 25th Michael Galati qualified 10th and finished 20th Texas Derek Bell qualified 17th and finished 24th Michael Galati qualified 13th and finished 11th Atlanta Derek Bell qualified 11th and finished 13th Michael Galati qualified 4th and finished 8th Laguna Seca Derek Bell qualified 6th, finished 6th Michael Galati qualified 2nd, finished 14th Las Vegas Derek Bell qualified 11th, finished 12th Michael Galati qualified 1st, finished 1st </pre> The final race for the Speedvision GT series will be the Grand Prix of San Diego on Sunday, November 5th.