CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - (March 31, 2000)- The Legends of Motorsport/ Champion Audi/Audi Sport North America S4 Competition qualified 17th with a time of 1:24.175 with and average speed of 96.2 m.p.h. in the hands of legendary driver Derek ...
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - (March 31, 2000)- The Legends of Motorsport/ Champion Audi/Audi Sport North America S4 Competition qualified 17th with a time of 1:24.175 with and average speed of 96.2 m.p.h. in the hands of legendary driver Derek Bell.
"We only did four laps in qualifying before a crash ended the session. I was going into the chicane passing a Porsche under braking and then I tried to downshift and could only get fifth gear. Even with a tricky gearbox we did a fairly good lap," said Derek Bell.
Bell continued with his first impressions of the S4 Competition, "the S4 is very easy to drive, very smooth to drive. What makes it that way is the quattro system. Quattro is advantage on the track, you can get into the power sooner and be creative with your lines." When asked about the Lowe's track, "you have to take the track for what it is. The circuit is an oval. I won the first road race here in 1985 with the Lowenbrau Porsche."
The Speedvision GT field is full of sports cars from around the world including Porsche, Corvette, Lotus, Mustang, Toyota and BMW. The Audi S4 Competition is the only four-door, four-wheel drive racer in the field. The S4 is campaigned by Champion Audi of Pompano Beach, Florida.
The S4 is fitted with three in car cameras and a microphone that will allow Bell to provide race commentary the Speedvision telecast while competing on the track. "I will have a good view of the field from 9th row. I sometimes have to be reminded to talk. I am so focused on the race. When I get talking I talk quite a lot."
Michael Galati, the 1999 Speedvision Touring Car Champion, will also drive a Champion Audi S4 Competition in the Speedvision GT Series. With only one car available for the Charlotte weekend, Galati borrowed an Audi S4 from Don Istook to attempt to gain valuable points toward the championship. "I had hoped to start the race and drive carefully enough to gain a few points toward the championship, but we ran into a little trouble," said Galati. "I was on my second lap and went into turn one, we had a fluid leak which went on to the right rear tire and the car came around, spun through the grass and then flipped over." The team will determine exactly where the fluid came from next week at the shop. Michael will not be competing this weekend.