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Champion Racing test Audi RS 6 at Moroso

The Audi RS 6 Competition race car-tested, tried and true! SMYRNA, Ga. (March 6, 2003) - It was just two weeks ago that two Audi RS 6 Competition cars turned their wheels for the first time during a private test session on a warm and sunny day...

The Audi RS 6 Competition race car-tested, tried and true!

SMYRNA, Ga. (March 6, 2003) - It was just two weeks ago that two Audi RS 6 Competition cars turned their wheels for the first time during a private test session on a warm and sunny day at Moroso in Florida.

It took only 15 weeks for crew members of Champion Racing based in Pompano, FL, working day and night to transform two roadcar shells into enhanced high performance, high speed, road racing machines. The entire Champion Racing team worked diligently preparing the Audi Competition cars, the only two cars of its kind racing worldwide.

The Audi RS 6 Competition is powered by a 4.2 liter Bi-Turbo, V8 engine developed by Cosworth Technology (CTI). Its output is 475 horsepower mated with an Audi 6-speed quattro transaxle.

The two Audi RS 6 Competition cars will make their first professional appearance on March 14 at Sebring Raceway in Sebring, Florida. This will be the first of ten races for the 2003 Speed World Challenge GT Series.

"Audi Sport North America is looking forward to its fourth year of participation in the Speed World Challenge GT Series with its new Audi RS 6," said Audi Sport North America's Motorsport Manager Rod Bymaster. "This will be the first time the RS 6 will be used for competition anywhere in the world. After three years of campaigning, Champion's role has been expanded this year. Not only are they campaigning the RS 6 Competition but they built and developed the cars, a first for Champion. Steve Johnson, President of SCCA and Mitch Wright, Vice President Pro Racing, are to be congratulated on the work they and their staff have done."

"The Speed World Challenge GT Series is one of the few series in which we can see the benefits of the RS 6 technology such as quattro all-wheel drive," said Mike Peters, Motorsports Manager Champion Racing. "Sebring, being the first race, will answer many questions about what the season has in store for us and for the series. Most importantly we find out how competitive the new RS 6 Competition will be and who the major competition will be. I feel that we built a good car and with two of the series best drivers, Michael Galati and Randy Pobst, we have a good chance to reclaim the Manufacturer Championship and retain the Driver Championship. The SCCA has done a good job with the series, each year it continues to grow with more manufacturers and competitors."

Michael Galati, five-time World Challenge driver, last year's World Challenge GT Champion and Audi driver since 2000, was the first to introduce the Audi RS 6 to road coarse conditions. Galati, from North Olmsted, OH, stated: "I was highly impressed considering the car is brand new. It immediately felt well-balanced through the corners and I feel confident it's going to be a good car. I'm just very excited to drive this car. We have a good starting base, a good car to work with, and I can't wait until we start the season. I think Champion Racing learned a lot from the Audi S4 program and the guys at Champion Racing have really done a fantastic job. I'm just very excited!" Galati will be driving the #1 RS 6 car this season.

Randy Pobst from Gainesville, GA, who was most recently a competitor to Michael Galati driving a Porsche, now looks forward to teaming up with Champion Racing and Audi Sport North America for the first time this year. Said Pobst, "The Audi RS 6 is very different from the Porsches I have driven over the last several years. With the quattro system the Audi carries the weight in front whereas the Porsche carries the weight in the back. The Audi is also a lot more powerful. It is great on starts and in accelerating on corners. But the best part is the fact that I am with the best team in the series and the best team in racing and that always bodes well for the driver." Pobst will be driving the #2 RS 6 car this season.

For more information on Audi's motorsport program, please visit www.audiusa.com. For more information on Champion Racing, please visit www.championracing.net.

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Steve Johnson