A Disappointing Qualifying Session for the Certified Audi Team at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (September 23, 2004) -In what can only be described as an "extremely disappointing day", the Audi Certified Champion RS 6 and S4 team struggled to...
A Disappointing Qualifying Session for the Certified Audi Team at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. (September 23, 2004) -In what can only be described as an "extremely disappointing day", the Audi Certified Champion RS 6 and S4 team struggled to combat the recent competition adjustments today during the SPEED World Challenge GT series qualifying session at Road Atlanta.
The recent restrictions imposed by the SCCA Pro Racing organization played a major part in determining the grid for tomorrow's 50-minute race. Peter Cunningham, piloting Randy Pobst's RS 6 managed the best time of the trio by lapping the 2.54 mile, 12-turn track in 1:29.387, (102.296) which puts him on the grid in the 12th position. One spot behind in 13th position is the current points leader, Michael Galati, who posted a time of 1:29.404 (102.277). Randy Pobst, who switched over to drive last year's Audi S4 will start in 15th position, 1:30.195 (101.380).
"A lower level of performance than a street car right now. That's what these competition adjustments have done to our cars," stated Louis Milone, Audi RS 6 Team Leader.
The standing start for tomorrow's SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Road Atlanta, Round nine of the 2004 Championship, is scheduled for Friday, September 24, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT). The race will be broadcast the following Sunday, September 26 on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).
Michael Galati (Olmstead, OH). "The cars are handling great but when you are in the straight-aways 15 mph less because of the adjustments, there's not much you can do. I thought I could get in the top 10 but never could find a clean lap. There was a lot of blocking today."
Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "I had high hopes for the S4 but it's obvious the development is two years behind. It is however, quicker on the strait-aways and that will help me in tomorrow's race because it is easier to catch up on the straits rather than the corners. We're going to work together as a team as we always do, and get all we can."
Peter Cunningham (West Bend, WI). "The Audi RS 6 really handled well on my flying lap. I hit my marks and the Audi handle great. We just gave it all we had and that's the best time we could come up with today. I'm really starting to feel like one with the car now. I can throw it around more and not worry about a thing because it just plants itself so well. It's frustrating to me because I would love the opportunity to drive the RS 6 at full power."