Auburn Hills, Mich., Audi S4 drivers Derek Bell and Michael Galati are poised for excellent results going into round seven of the Speedvision World Challenge event at Road Atlanta. During testing at the Georgia circuit in July, the team was...
Auburn Hills, Mich., Audi S4 drivers Derek Bell and Michael Galati are poised for excellent results going into round seven of the Speedvision World Challenge event at Road Atlanta.
During testing at the Georgia circuit in July, the team was able to find a competitive set-up for the Audi S4 Competition. This should put the Champion Audi prepared racers one-step ahead of the competition.
The undulating 2.45-mile Road Atlanta circuit should suit the quattro drive of the S4's. The high-speed downhill final curve will be a turn where the Audi will be able to make-up ground on the big V-8's. The esses leading into turn five will also be a strong section of track for the S4's.
Quotes for Atlanta: Derek Bell, Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "The car is getting better, all we lack is a few horsepower. Road Atlanta should lend itself to some close racing. The Audi S4 should prove to be very nimble through the curves so we can conceivably have a better chance to be competitive than all year."
Michael Galati, Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition: "I feel really good about Road Atlanta. I think we should be competitive. We tested in July and have a pretty good basic set-up. Champion is working hard on some of the small problems, so I hope it will all come together. There are some fast corners where our car should shine, however the high-speed back straight will hurt us a little. We have to get the car handling just right. The V-8's should not have as big of an advantage here as in Texas."
Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America: "The last two races have been especially challenging for the team. Atlanta is a place where we have had the opportunity to test and our drivers have a lot of experience there, I am hoping to see our best results of the year."
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