ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 3, 2003) -- Reigning SPEED World Challenge GT Champion Michael Galati upheld Champion Racing's honor in an eventful seventh round of the SPEED World Challenge GT race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 3, 2003) -- Reigning SPEED World Challenge GT Champion Michael Galati upheld Champion Racing's honor in an eventful seventh round of the SPEED World Challenge GT race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin today.
Galati steered his Audi RS 6 Competition home in to a fine second place. His best result of the season, just 1.1 seconds behind winner Mike Fitzgerald (Porsche) in the 18 lap race which finished under full course yellow.
Meanwhile teammate Randy Pobst, who had led the early laps around the famous 4.048-mile, 14-turn track, was registered with 21st position (four laps down) after a steering problem dropped him out of third place. Pobst slips from second to third in the point standings.
Randy started the 72.864 mile race third on the 24 car grid with Galati on the fourth row but Pobst blasted his way in to the lead at the green light and led until Fitzgerald, Bill Auberlen (BMW), and Hans Stuck (BMW) muscled past on lap six dropping him to fourth, just two places ahead of Galati.
Pobst slipped ahead of Stuck on the next lap but Randy went wide and in to the gravel at Turn 12 on the 11th lap. He returned to the pits for repairs but the hood then worked loose as Pobst exited the pits, necessitating Randy to get out of his car to secure it himself.
Galati was sixth at the re-start but benefited when Stuck lost places on lap 16, then when Auberlen, still running second to Fitzgerald, was given a stop-go penalty for a re-start infringement. Michael then demoted Michael McCann (Viper) and Phil McClure (Corvette) on the penultimate lap.
The 10 race series takes a one month break before the next race at Laguna Seca, Monterey, California on September 7th.
Michael Galati (43)
Speed World Challenge stats: 76 starts, 16 wins, 38 top-3s, 53 top-5s, 65 top-10s.
"That was one incredible race. I made a good start but the brakes had lost their bite by one-third distance and I went in to the gravel at one stage. But thankfully the full course yellow allowed me to cool off the brakes and I got past McCann and then McClure. We're getting there and the Audi has bags more potential."
Randy Pobst (46)
Speed World Challenge stats: 21 starts, 6 wins, 16 top-3s, 17 top-5s, 17 top-10s.
"The Audi's quattro traction allowed me to take the lead but the other guys quickly caught me. Then something caused me to go straight on at Canada Corner. I got back to the pits where the boys made repairs only for the hood to fly open. I secured that myself, but then had to make another stop."