Lime Rock, Connecticut, The Audi Sport North America S4's had a tough time at the historic country circuit of Lime Rock Park. Michael Galati in the number 9 Champion Audi/Audi Sport North America S4 qualified on the pole and finished fifth.
Lime Rock, Connecticut, The Audi Sport North America S4's had a tough time at the historic country circuit of Lime Rock Park.
Michael Galati in the number 9 Champion Audi/Audi Sport North America S4 qualified on the pole and finished fifth. Galati was able to take the first pole position for Audi setting a time of 0:57.739 and 95.394 mph. "The team really put together a great car. Getting Audi's first pole position is really special," said Galati.
Derek Bell in the number 8 Legends of Motorsport/Champion Audi/Audi Sport North America S4 qualified a strong eighth with a time of 0:58.818.
Galati was able to lead the first ten laps of the hour-long event. The race witnessed four yellows forcing restarts, which worked against the S4's.
"I had an incredible start, I was to get seven car lengths by the first corner. On the first restart I got a good jump, and then I dropped a wheel off and P.D. Cunningham in the BMW got by me. After the second yellow I was out horsepowered to the first turn by a couple more cars," said Galati. "Basically the each restart cost me a position."
Derek Bell contributed to the first yellow when a Corvette hit his Audi going into turn 5 before the uphill portion of the course.
"My race was quite eventful. I really began to wonder what was going on out there. There were a lot of silly moves on the track. It was a great pity, I thought we were going to be good here," said Bell "After the first yellow, I got tangled up with a Corvette in traffic, he tried to out brake me and he hit my right rear and spun me around into the wall. This left me facing the wrong direction on the track; I had to wait for the field to pass before I could continue. It sent me to the pits to get the body work off the tire and put me down a couple of laps. The car is a bit of a mess."
Three-quarters of the way through the race Galati was fighting for track position with the Corvette of Bill Cooper going into the fast West Bend corner. "I was dicing with him and we were side by side going into the fast downhill corner and I was forced into the grass. When I came back onto the track I hit Cooper and bent the suspension and also caused an oil leak, which was spraying onto the right front tire. I was able to nurse the car home to a fifth place finish," explained Galati.
"We were really excited by our first pole position. The start of the race was very good, we led a handful of laps until the yellows came. Derek's incident was a tough beginning for him and made rest of the race difficult. The yellows really hurt us, it is tough to drag race a 5.0 liter Mustang to the first corner. We have a great handling car, but are losing a lot of time on restarts," said Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America. "We have some time now before Sears Point to do some testing and further develop the car."
Round three of the Speedvision GT Series will be run on July 22nd at Sears Point in Sonoma, California.
Audi Sport North America is the motorsports arm of Audi of America, Inc.