Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA) rocketed to the front at the start of Friday’s SPEED World Challenge GT Championship race at Road Atlanta, and held out for his first win of the season and the first win for the new Audi RS 6. Pobst also captured the Championship point lead with the race win, part of the Petit Le Mans weekend.
Driving the #2 Champion Racing entry, Pobst took advantage of a dry line from his second starting position and sped away at the start from polesitter Mike Fitzgerald who was driving a Porsche 911.
“Our pleasure is BMW’s pain. They had a rough day and we had a great day,” Pobst said after taking his seventh-career win and first since 2002. “This team has been thrashing all year, really pulling rabbits out of the hat and putting out fires just to keep the cars on the track with the busy schedule. But to finally pull down a win is a wonderful feeling and a tribute to the hard work of the Champion Audi guys.”
Michael Galati (N. Olmstead, OH) made a great jump on the standing start, moving into second from sixth position, but slid wide in turn one and allowed Fitzgerald to take over second. None-the-less, Galati reached the podium for the second time in three races. He also received the Remus Power Move of the Race for his move at the start, going from sixth on the grid into second.
“We’ve been having a difficult season with little problems with the car here and there,” Galati said. “I keep telling the guys to never give up, that the race doesn’t end until the checkered flag, and they’ve gotten a lot of things straightened out. Now we’re in a good position to win the Manufacturers’ Championship, and Randy has a chance to be the Champion.”