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Mosport: Champion Racing preview

Champion Racing puts its 24 Hours of Le Mans race preparations briefly on hold to focus on the second round of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Speed GT Championship at the Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on 18 ...

Champion Racing puts its 24 Hours of Le Mans race preparations briefly on hold to focus on the second round of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Speed GT Championship at the Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on 18 May.

Having scored a sensational third-place on its world motor racing debut in the Sebring series opener two months ago, Champion's two Audi Sport North America supported Audi RS 6 "Competition" sedans are certain to be vying for honors in the 28-lap (68.85-mile) race.

Indeed the Florida-based team have been far from inactive since Randy Pobst earned his new team a fine third at Sebring. Reigning GT champion Michael Galati and Pobst will drive RS 6 sedans featuring cooling and brake modifications that have been successfully tested recently at Moroso.

With "double-header" races at Lime Rock, Conn., the following weekend (23-26 May), Galati and Pobst are aiming to bank some useful Manufacturers' championship points over the next two weeks -- a perfect send-off for the team's Le Mans-bound Audi R8 sportscar squad who are aiming for success in arguably the world's toughest race next month (14-15 June).

Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: North Olmsted, Ohio:

"Mosport is a track where I've done well at on previous occasions -- normally running inside the top-three. It's one of the best tracks in North America, pretty quick but with plenty of elevation changes. I was on pole for the race last year and although our new RS 6 has more power than the S4, the downside is that it's a heavier car so considering the up and down nature of the track, it could be hard work for us."

Randy Pobst (45). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:

"It's one of the great 'old' tracks - very challenging and full of character. I think the track lay-out will suit the RS 6 -- it's a high-speed circuit with minimal 'stop-go' sections. I had my first American Le Mans Series class win in 2000 at Mosport having previously won a Grand-Am race in the 1990s there. Champion Racing has worked hard since the opening Sebring race and our cars now feature revised braking and cooling modifications."

Louis Milone , Champion Racing's RS 6 Team Leader:

"We've enjoyed successful tests of our newly developed brake and cooling systems that the team have been working hard on since the Sebring race. I'm certain Michael and Randy should both be in contention for top results at Mosport."

Rod Bymaster , Audi Sport North America's Motorsport Manager:

"The team is looking forward to racing again and to put the development done over the last month to the test. Mosport and the two Lime Rock races will play a major role in determining the success of the season. Therefore, it is important that we have good results at these races."

Mosport Timetable:
Friday 16 May: 1110-1140 / 1500-1530 - Practice
Saturday 17 May: 0935-0955 - Qualifying
Sunday 18 May: 1045-1145 - Race

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati