Auburn Hills, Mich. - Derek Bell and teammate Michael Galati are ready for the double race at Road Atlanta next weekend. Galati will be hoping to close the season as the Speedvision GT drivers champion. Due to the cancellation of the final event...
Auburn Hills, Mich. - Derek Bell and teammate Michael Galati are ready for the double race at Road Atlanta next weekend. Galati will be hoping to close the season as the Speedvision GT drivers champion.
Due to the cancellation of the final event that was to be held at Charlotte ' s Lowe's Motorspeedway, the Road Atlanta event will be a double header for the Audi S4 team. The first race will be run on Friday, October 5th , and the second on Sunday, October 7th.
Michael Galati, number 9 Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, currently has a slim lead in the driver's standings, with 222 to P.D. Cunningham's second place 208. "We can't afford to have a Laguna Seca race. We need to get ourselves in a position to be on P.D.'s bumper and race him hard. Two races back-to-back we can't afford to have any bad luck . I t is going to come down to the wire."
"Our car is a little heavy compared to others, but Road Atlanta has a lot of good turns and our cars handle real well. We need to get our usual good start and stay in front. I like the track a lot and have raced there and won there many times," continued Galati.
Derek Bell, driving the number 8 Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 Competition, is hoping to put together a couple of good finishes to get into the top ten in the season ending points. Bell currently sits eleventh in points with 90.
"With a double header the team really has to be on their toes. Michael is competing to be series champion, so we are looking forward to a very competitive weekend of racing," said Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America .
The Speedvision GT race from Road Atlanta will be televised on Friday, October 26 , at 9:00 p.m. E S T on Speedvision. <pre> Speedvision GT Driver's Standings: 1 Michael Galati Audi S4 Comp. 222 2 Peter Cunningham Acura NSX SC 208 3 Johannes van Overbeek Porsche 911 Cup 187 4 Mike Fitzgerald Porsche 911 Cup 177 5 Jeff McMillin BMW M3 E46 161 6 Jimmy Adams Porsche 911 Cup 150 7 Justin Jackson Porsche 993 RSR 149 8 Bob Miller Porsche 911 Cup 127 9 Phil McClure Corvette C5 126 10 Justin Marks Porsche 911 Cup 118 11 Derek Bell Audi S4 Comp. 90
Speedvision GT Manufacturers Standings: 1 Porsche 54 2 Audi 45 3 Acura 44 4 BMW 16 5 Chevrolet 13