Randy Pobst clinches title with Audi RS 6 SPEED GT: With a flag-to-flag victory in the series' finale at Puerto Rico, Randy Pobst driving Champion Racing's Audi RS 6 Competition, has clinched the Drivers' Championship in the SPEED GT Word ...
Randy Pobst clinches title with Audi RS 6
SPEED GT: With a flag-to-flag victory in the series' finale at Puerto Rico, Randy Pobst driving Champion Racing's Audi RS 6 Competition, has clinched the Drivers' Championship in the SPEED GT Word Challenge. For the second time after 2001, Audi has also won the Manufacturers' title of the American racing series. Michael Galati, 2001 and 2002 SPEED GT Champion, completed the Audi success with his second-place finish.
On the temporary airport circuit near San Juan, the Audi drivers took advantage of Audi's quattro four-wheel drive traction. Randy Pobst captured pole position on the slippery track, Michael Galati qualified third. Galati used the quattro traction at the start of the race, immediately moving to second position behind his team mate. This positions remained unchanged for the entire 36 laps of the race.
"This title is the pinnacle of my career," enthused 46-year-old Randy Pobst after his triumph. "I am proud being part of Audi and the Champion Team. We started the season with a brand new car and had to work hard. The Audi RS 6 was fast and reliable from the very beginning and we kept developing it from race to race."
"Who would have guessed that we would win this title this year," explained Rod Bymaster, Motorsport Manager of Audi Sport North America. "We started the season using a brand new, undeveloped car. But Champion Racing turned the RS 6 Competition into a race and title winning car. Combined with Audi's American Le Mans Series success for a fourth consecutive time, this makes it another excellent motorsport year for Audi in North America."
Special race for Ara/Kristensen
1000 km Le Mans: Audi drivers Seiji Ara and Tom Kristensen will compete in a very special race: The Le Mans 1000 kilometres will be held for the first and only time on November 9. The race serves as a dress rehearsal for the all-new Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES) and as a qualification race for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Nine of the 42 teams will qualify for the race on 12/13 June 2004. Among the entries is Japanese Audi customer team Goh which has entered an Audi A8 for Ara/Kristensen. "There will be a lot of traffic on the small Circuit Bugatti," expects Kristensen who has already won the Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km race together with Ara. "And I guess it won't be very warm at Le Mans in November. I am really looking forward to this event and to do another race with the Audi R8."
1000 km Le Mans (Sunday, November 9) ...