LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 26, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the third time this year in the SPEED World Challenge GT series race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Race conditions were nothing...
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 26, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the third time this year in the SPEED World Challenge GT series race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Race conditions were nothing short of treacherous. Seven hours of rain pelted the 1.53 mile race track which made for extremely wet conditions and put puddles at almost every corner. Teammates Randy Pobst and Michael Galati utilized the quattro all-wheel-drive system to not only keep the cars on course, but also in a few instances, get them back on track as soon as possible.
Michael Galati would start the race in the lead position. However, slippery conditions on the track would ultimately get the best of him and his Audi RS 6. Galati's first mishap occurred at the start of the race when he went wide in Turn 1 allowing his teammate Pobst to take the lead. Seven laps later, Galati went off course and brushed the guardrail in Turn 5 but was able to continue on course without losing a position. Then on lap nineteen, the rain soaked course and the guardrail at Turn 6 would end the day for Galati and the #1 Audi RS 6.
Randy Pobst maintained the lead for most of the race until he went off the course at Turn 2 therefore surrendering the lead to Bull Auberlen in the BMW M3.
"It was another great race for Randy today," exclaimed Rod Bymaster, Audi Sport North America's Motorsport Manager. "Neither driver had a great choice in tires to use in today's rainy conditions. Despite this fact, Randy still went on to drive a great race and once again put Audi and Champion Racing on the podium. We're happy with a second place finish and the fact that Randy now leads the GT Championship in points."
Michael Galati (43). N. Olmstead, Ohio:
"There were a lot of puddles on my line going into the first corner at the start. I braked but aquaplaned straight on. I had a big moment on to the grass on lap eight but stayed in third before sliding wide at Turn 1 again which allowed Hans Stuck to get third on the 15th lap. Then I hit a stream of water across the track, the back contacted the guardrail and then the front end. It was not my day out there!"
Randy Pobst (45). Gainesvillle, Georgia:
"I was aquaplaning a lot but when the rain eased it was better. I gave it all I had but made a mistake when I put two wheels off at Turn 1 and went into the mud. Without quattro, I wouldn't have gotten back on the track! I'm happy with second place having finished the opening three races in third position and to have taken the series lead. We can now use the break to further improve the Audi RS 6."