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Sears Point: Champion Racing preview

Speed GT World Challenge series leader Randy Pobst is not expecting a particular "rewarding" experience in the sixth race of the series at the Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA, next weekend (25-27 July). Pobst has started his Champion Racing...

Speed GT World Challenge series leader Randy Pobst is not expecting a particular "rewarding" experience in the sixth race of the series at the Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA, next weekend (25-27 July).

Pobst has started his Champion Racing Audi RS 6 Competition from the front row and has finished on the rostrum in each of this season's five races.

The SCCA organizers will acknowledge Randy's tremendous run of top, point-scoring results with 110lbs of "rewards" ballast for the 50-minute Speed race on Sunday which means his all-wheel-drive RS 6 quattro will tip the scales at a "beefy" 3380lbs - not an ideal scenario when circulating the undulating, 12-turn, 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway.

Reigning Speed GT World Challenge champion Michael Galati reverts to his regular Audi RS 6 Competition -- Michael having been forced to return to his championship-winning Audi S4 Competition for the last race in Atlanta.

The Speed GT World Challenge did not visit the Infineon Raceway last year while the best result the Audi Sport North America supported Champion team has achieved was a second place in 2000 (Galati).

Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: N. Olmsted, Ohio:
Speed World Challenge stats: 74 starts, 16 wins, 37 top-3s, 52 top-5s, 63 top-10s.

"I'll be back in my regular RS 6 which has now been repaired following my crash in testing at Moroso prior to last race in Atlanta. That is the good news, especially in that the RS 6 felt real good with its various improvements the last time I drove it. The bad news is that Sears is unlikely to do us any favors. You need a 'light' car there and although we have a powerful and reliable car, it's heavy - even without the ballast Randy is carrying."

Randy Pobst (46). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:
Speed World Challenge stats: 19 starts, 6 wins, 16 top-3s, 17 top-5s, 17 top-10s.

"I've always loved Sears - and I arrive in the points lead. It features 'roller-coaster' like hills and a wide variety of fast and slow corners. Our Audis should be very good coming off of the tricky, slippery last corner, turn eleven but there's not much in the way of straightaways. For this reason, and the fact that it's not likely to rain this time of year in the Sonoma region, I have to say it is the least favorable of the circuits on the World Challenge tour for our big Audis. My goal is to 'survive' with a healthy point haul."

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

"Minimal damage was incurred in Michael's accident in testing - we only needed to replace the rear trunk floor and left side inner and outer fender panels. Our development program continues and since Atlanta we've been refining the braking system with Alcon. Sears Point has not always been a great quattro race track but we will do our best to stay afloat."

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