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Lime Rock: Audi preview

Audi Racers to Lime Rock. Auburn Hills, Mich. - Michael Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, and Derek Bell, driving the number eight Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 Competition, are getting ready for the second of a...

Audi Racers to Lime Rock.

Auburn Hills, Mich. - Michael Galati, driving the number one Champion Audi/Audi S4 Competition, and Derek Bell, driving the number eight Legends of Motorsport Audi S4 Competition, are getting ready for the second of a back-to-back race weekend at Lime Rock Park this coming Memorial Day weekend. The Lime Rock race will be round three of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed GT Series.

The relatively short 1.53-mile course consists of seven turns, six of them right and one left. The Audi S4 Competition racers will have to rely on excellent traction and a good setup to run at the front for next Monday's race.

As a result of a difficult race at Mosport last weekend, Galati finds himself tied for first place in points with 58. Teammate Derek Bell has jumped one position in the points from seventh to sixth with 38. Acura leads Audi in the manufacturers' points by three.

"We should be competitive like last year when I was able to win. We need to get a good start and keep the momentum up and hope we don't get too many restarts. We would like some weight to come off because the handy caps are affecting our setups. We are having to run the car on the edge every lap and that eats up the tires in a hurry," said Galati.

"We might have a winning car there for some reason. The Champion guys have found ways to do well at tracks we shouldn't have. I really don't know what is going to happen. The track rewards good braking and a lightweight car and our S4 really doesn't fit that spec. We are carrying a few extra pounds so we will have to keep the momentum going and get the car to rotate into the corner a little better," said Derek Bell.

World Challenge Speed GT Points Standings:
1. Peter Cunningham, Acura NSX - 58
2. Michael Galati, Audi S4 Comp. - 58
3. David Farmer, Corvette ZO6 50
4. Jeff McMillin, BMW M3 - 49
5. John Young(R), Saleen SR - 42
6. Derek Bell, Audi S4 Comp. - 38
7. Justin Marks, Porsche 911 Cup - 38
8. Michael Culver(R), Porsche 911 Cup - 35
9. Joh. van Overbeek, Porsche 911 Cup - 34
10. Phil McClure, Corvette ZO6 - 33

Audi season-to-date results:

Sebring: Galati qualified on pole, finished first. Bell qualified ninth, finished seventh

Mosport: Galati qualified on pole, finished six. Bell qualified eighth,th finished seventh

The Speed GT race from Mosport will be televised on the Speed Channel, Saturday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The Lime Rock race will air on June 8 at 9:00 p.m.

Audi Sport North America is the motorsports arm of Audi of America, Inc.

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Drivers John Young , Michael Galati , Derek Bell , Justin Marks , David Farmer , Phil McClure , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Michael Culver