TRACTION ACTION FOR THE AUDI'S AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the first SPEED World Challenge GT race of the season at Sebring International ...
TRACTION ACTION FOR THE AUDI'S AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2003) -- Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) put the Audi RS 6 on the podium for the first SPEED World Challenge GT race of the season at Sebring International Raceway. Pobst qualified second, launched himself into first position on the start and then drove hard to finish proudly in third position.
The traction of the Audi quattro system lived up to its reputation with the four wheels gripping the pavement allowing both Audi RS 6's to jump into first and second position as the 33-car field headed into the first turn. "I've been looking forward to starting an Audi quattro ever since I got the call to join Champion Racing," said Pobst. "The combination of the torque and quattro makes leaving the front line quite easy. It's like a jump to light speed."
"It was a wonderful first race," exclaimed Rod Bymaster, Audi Sport North America's Motorsport Manager. "We'll take a podium finish anytime. Randy did a beautiful job in his first race for Audi and we are determined to just get better and better at each race. My hat goes off to the entire crew at Champion Racing (Pompano, FL) for preparing such great cars."
For Michael Galati (N. Olmstead, OH) the initiation into the season was not as sweet. After catapulting his car from fifth to second position at the start of the race, Galati's #1 car fell victim to some teething problems. On lap five of the race the car started to experience mechanical problems. Galati pulled into the pits for a review but the crew was unable to properly diagnose the situation.
Louis Milone, RS 6 Team Leader for Champion Racing said, "We don't know what the mechanical problem was on Michael's car. It might have been the clutch or the differential. He just couldn't put any power down." Galati was then forced to retire the car on lap eight and settle for 25th position. Galati commented, "These things happen with new cars. You just have to keep your chin up and go on to the next one."
The next SPEED World Challenge GT race is scheduled for May 16-18 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
1) Phil McClure/Floria/IA
2) Mike Fitzgerald/Phoenix/AZ
3) Randy Pobst/Gainesville/GA
4) Hans Stuck/Austria
25) Michael Galati/N. Olmstead/OH