Champion Racing returns with Audi backing to Speed GT; New car, new driving lineup features the RS 6, Galati and Pobst. TOPEKA, Kan. (January 15, 2003) -- Champion Racing and Audi will go for their third-consecutive SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World...
Champion Racing returns with Audi backing to Speed GT; New car, new driving lineup features the RS 6, Galati and Pobst.
TOPEKA, Kan. (January 15, 2003) -- Champion Racing and Audi will go for their third-consecutive SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Drivers' Championship in 2003, it was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Lead driver and five-time World Challenge Champion Michael Galati will again carry the number one in 2003, signifying that he is the man to beat, and his biggest threat may come this year from his stable mate carrying number two, new team member Randy Pobst. Also new for 2003 will be the car, switching from the successful S4 Competition to the all-new RS 6 Competition, a twin-turbo V8 four door, featuring Audi's legendary Quattro system.
"We are all very excited this year returning to the series racing the Audi RS 6s," said Dave Maraj, Champion Racing Team Owner. "With the addition of Randy Pobst and having Michael Galati back defending his Championship, I feel we will be in a great position to win back the Manufacturers' Championship."
Galati won his unprecedented fifth SCCA SPEED World Challenge Drivers' Championship in 2002, his second-consecutive in the Champion Audi. Since the Champion Audi's program launch in 2000, Galati has won the title twice and finished runner-up once, scoring eight wins in 29 races and finishing outside the top 10 only three times.
Pobst ran seven races in 2002, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from the 3R Racing stables, earning a season-high four wins and finishing third in points, despite missing three races.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity, which really is a direct result of the success I had with 3R last year," said Pobst, who was first approached by Maraj regarding 2003 at the 2002 season-ending banquet. "I'm very excited about this new car. In the Porsche last year, I think I had the Audis covered. We need more car, and that's precisely what the RS 6 will be.
"Michael [Galati] is an old friend. We've had many battles against one another in many different series. I think we compliment each other well as teammates. He's a little more seat-of-the pants and I'm maybe a little more tactical. We're going to make a very good team."
Testing of the new RS 6 Competition is tentatively set for mid-February. Champion Racing will again compete in the American Le Mans Series LMP900 category with an Audi R8 in addition to its factory SPEED GT program. Both series open the 2003 season at Sebring International Raceway, part of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, March 12-15.
For more information about Champion Racing, please visit www.championracing.net. For more information about the SCCA SPEED World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com.
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