Braselton, Georgia - The Audi S4s of Derek Bell and Michael Galati finished eighth and thirteenth in round seven of the Speedvision GT series race at Road Atlanta. The S4s ran trouble free all week through practice. In the race, the cars picked...
Braselton, Georgia - The Audi S4s of Derek Bell and Michael Galati finished eighth and thirteenth in round seven of the Speedvision GT series race at Road Atlanta.
The S4s ran trouble free all week through practice. In the race, the cars picked up a miss in the engine causing a severe drop in horsepower. Even with a drop in horsepower, the Audi drivers were still able to finish in the top 13.
Starting from the second row in fourth position, Galati was able to get a good jump and lead the field into the first turn. The engine miss sent him back to third place by turn two. Teammate Derek Bell suffered the same engine problems throughout the race bringing his S4 home in 13th position.
Quotes for Atlanta:
Derek Bell, Legends of Motorsport/Audi S4 Competition: "The car started missing half-way through the race. With the traffic and the miss, it was hard to keep the momentum going, so two cars were passing me at a time. The miss just seemed to get progressively worse as the race went on."
Michael Galati, Champion Audi/ Audi S4 Competition:
"The car started to miss on the pace lap. I shut the engine off and restarted it, hoping that resetting the system would help, but it didn't. I was able to get a good start and lead into turn one, and then the car started missing up the hill, and I was passed back by two cars."
Rod Bymaster, manager, Audi Sport North America:
"The miss is a real mystery. The cars ran flawlessly the two days leading up to the race. Then when it counts, the miss in the engine returns. We will regroup and be ready for Laguna Seca in two weeks."
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