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Lime Rock: Champion Racing preview

Champion Racing contests the latest rounds of the Speed GT World Challenge at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., over the Memorial Holiday weekend. Michael Galati and Randy Pobst contest two, 42-lap, 64.26-mile races on Saturday (24 May) and...

Champion Racing contests the latest rounds of the Speed GT World Challenge at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., over the Memorial Holiday weekend. Michael Galati and Randy Pobst contest two, 42-lap, 64.26-mile races on Saturday (24 May) and Monday (26 May) - the third and fourth rounds of this year's 10-race series.

Pobst, the Audi Sport North America supported, Florida-based team's new recruit, has recorded two excellent third place finishes in the new Audi RS 6 "Competition" - the most recent at Mosport, Canada, last Sunday. Meanwhile defending GT champion Galati is hoping that the double-header Lime Rock meet kick-starts his season after suffering bad luck at Sebring and Mosport.

Galati and Pobst, the winners of the corresponding Lime Rock GT races in 2001 and '02, successfully completed installation laps at Lime Rock yesterday (TUES) and take to the track again on Friday in two practice sessions when they will fine-tune their all- wheel-drive RS 6 "Competitions" to the specific characteristics of the 1.53-mile, seven-turn road course.

Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: N. Olmsted, Ohio: Speed World Challenge stats: 71 starts, 16 wins, 37 top-3s, 52 top-5s, 62 top-10s. "Hopefully the disappointing start to my title defense will change at Lime Rock. Being a two-race meet, these races are very important for me personally as a driver but also Audi in terms of Manufacturer points. We'll leave the track on Monday night with four races completed in the series so we must have some points in the bag. It will be vitally important to stay out of trouble on Saturday so that the car is undamaged for Monday's race."

Randy Pobst (45). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia: Speed World Challenge stats: 16 starts, 6 wins, 13 top-3s, 14 top-5s, 14 top-10s. "Consistency is real important can't afford any mistakes. Lime Rock has suited the Audis historically and when I raced against Michael there last year, his Audi was stunning through the downhill corner leading on to the straightaway a section which tends to be bumpy. Hopefully I'll be able to use the all-wheel-drive to my benefit this year. I'm obviously delighted with how things have turned for me in the opening two races.

Lime Rock Schedule
Friday Practice, 1100-1120 & 1425-1445
Saturday Qualifying Race 1, 0930-0950. Race 1, 1345-1445
Monday Qualifying Race 2, 0900-0920. Race 2, 1115-1215

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati