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Erik
September 7th, 2003, 12:00
SPEED GT WORLD CHALLENGE - Rd 8 (2003 Audi RS 6 Competition)


Randy Pobst - Qualified: 1st, 1:32.662, (86.948mph). Michael Galati - Qualified:
2nd, 1:33.143, (86.499mph)

Pobst's second 2003 pole (Randy's sixth front row start from 8 races in 2003)

Audi's third pole and third all-Audi front row this season (Champion
Racing's ninth front row start)



Michael Galati (43). Born: Alcaralifusi, Messina, Sicily. Lives: N. Olmsted, Ohio:
Speed World Challenge stats: 76 starts, 16 wins, 38 top-3s, 53 top-5s, 65 top-10s.

"It's fantastic for both Audis to be on the front row of grid but the race will be
another story. Laguna is a very technical track with many elevation changes which,
over a 50-minute race duration, will work the Audi's brakes very hard due the weight
of the RS 6. Although I've won the Speed GT title for the past two years, I've
never won here for Audi in three attempts. I started from the front row in 2000
while my best finish was a fourth last year - despite leading both of those races in
the Audi S4 Competition. Perhaps this is the year when Audi breaks its Laguna
duck."



Randy Pobst (46). Born: Dayton, Ohio. Lives: Gainesville, Georgia:

Speed World Challenge stats: 21 starts, 6 wins, 16 top-3s, 17 top-5s, 17 top-10s.
"I'm thrilled at taking pole-position - I like being No.1 - and I'm hoping I can
repeat last year's Laguna Seca Speed GT victory I scored. Champion Racing has made
real progress with the RS 6's handling and front end grip due to on-going shock
development and a new front aero package. The Audi RS 6 Competition invariably
qualifies well - this is my sixth front row start of the season. But I'm under no
illusion that the race is going to be very tough especially when our main rivals
will have to show what they are really capable of as opposed to their sudden,
mysterious lack of speed in qualifying."



2003 America Le Mans Series - Driver's Standings (after 6 races)

1= Frank Biela/Marco Werner, 115

3 JJ Lehto, 104

4 Johnny Herbert, 101



2003 Speed GT World Challenge - Driver's Standings (after 7 races)

1 Bill Auberlen (BMW M3), 181-points

2 Phil McClure (Corvette Z06), 163

3 Randy Pobst (Audi RS 6 Competition), 160

9= Michael Galati (Audi RS 6 Competition), 94