Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Team Takes 1st and 2nd at Lime Rock Park LAKEVILLE, Ct. (May 31, 2004) - Audi Certified Pre-owned teammates Randy Pobst and Michael Galati stood in 1st and 2nd position today on the podium at Lime Rock Park during...
Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Team Takes 1st and 2nd at Lime Rock Park
LAKEVILLE, Ct. (May 31, 2004) - Audi Certified Pre-owned teammates Randy Pobst and Michael Galati stood in 1st and 2nd position today on the podium at Lime Rock Park during round two of the SPEED World Challenge GT series. Today's race is part of the traditional Memorial Day weekend Road Racing Classic featuring the Mohegan Sun Grand Prix.
Situated on the starting grid in pole position was Randy Pobst in the #1 Audi Certified Pre-owned RS 6. Champion Racing teammate Michael Galati was alongside in his #2 Audi Certified RS 6.
Galati had the better start in his 4.2 liter, V8, bi-turbo engine and launched himself from 2nd to 1st position to lead the 28 car field into Turn 1. Unfortunately a little bit of under steering caused Galati to veer off the track in Turn 7, which allowed Pobst to take the lead. Pobst maintained that lead until the checkered flag.
Only 16 laps into the race, the Audi's would encounter traffic on the tight 1.53-mile track. As the cars stayed bunched together, Galati again went off in Turn 7 and gave up his 2nd place lead to Michael Culver driving a Porsche 911 Cup car on the 34th lap.
That lasted for only 2 laps as Galati managed to get by Culver and take back his well-earned 2nd position.
The race would ultimately finish under caution as a Dodge Viper went off the track and the safety crew couldn't remove it in time for a finish under a green flag. The #1 and #2 Audi RS 6's would finish in just that order, 1st and 2nd.
"The Champion guys have worked hard all week," commented Rod Bymaster, Motorsport Manager for Audi Sport North America. "Obviously being on the pole helped us this race. Randy and Michael both did a great job keeping the cars up front. This finish will also give the guys the confidence they need to go into our next race at Mid-Ohio."
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "We've come back from Sebring and taken 1st and 2nd. The Certified Audi RS 6 held up real well and I'm looking forward to a battle like this all year. Lime Rock is a slippery track, which is perfect for the Audi quattro traction system. I'm on the come back trail now-can't wait for Mid-Ohio."
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "I had a fantastic start today and unfortunately went off in the first lap and gave the lead to my teammate. Lime Rock is a tough track with very little room to maneuver. The Audi Certified Pre-owned guys did a great job on the car and we're back up where we belong."
Louis Milone (RS 6 Team Leader). "Our Audi RS 6's deserved #1 and #2 today. Cadillac performed very well at Sebring and we had to take back what was ours after 3 years. Cadillac is a strong team and they were certainly coming on strong towards the finish. I can't say that I'm disappointed the race finished under yellow."
Today's race will be broadcast at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, June 6 on SPEED Channel. Round Three of the SPEED World Challenge Series is June 25-27 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.
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