Lime Rock Speed World Challenge GT Race - May 31
Pobst For Audi

Regis Lefebure was at Lime Rock last weekend, and forwards thus report, plus a sample of his exceptional images.

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Randy Pobst drove a nearly flawless race to win the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Connecticut's scenic Lime Rock Park Monday. Michael Galati, Pobst's Champion Racing teammate, made it an Audi 1-2, as the race ended under a full-course yellow.

Galati started second and outgunned his pole-sitting teammate from the standing start, as the quattro RS6 Audis left the field standing. But the tenacious Italian threw away his chance for the win on his second lap with a sideways moment onto the grass exiting turn 7. Randy hustled his Champion Audi RS6 past Galati after they crossed the start line completing lap two, and was never again headed.

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The factory-backed Pratt & MIller-built Cadillacs of Max Angelelli and Andy Pilgrim wound up third and fifth. The ultra-quick Caddies had been reined in by the SCCA rules makers, after Angelelli and Pilgrim displayed a dominating 1-2 finish at the season opener in Sebring. At Sebring, Pilgrim had "let the Caddy out of the bag" with a breathtaking charge from the rear after stalling on the grid. Andy finished on his teammate's bumper after cranking out race laps 1.8 (!) seconds quicker over the field. Max was a mere .5 seconds faster than the rest, saying in post-race press conference he was "racing with his mirrors" after moving into the lead on lap three at Sebring.

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Together on the third row for the start at Lime Rock, the two had dropped a few places down the order in the rush to turn one. Angelelli was demoted to ninth by Corvette pilots Leighton Reese and 3R Racing's Phil McLure on lap six. Nearing mid-point of the race, Max passed McLure and Pilgrim on laps 30 and 32. Reese had dropped out on lap 22 while in fifth place. Leighton's superb pass of McLure and Pilgrim on lap 16 earned the Minnetonka Minnesota resident the Remus Power Move of the Race.

The charge of the black Caddy brigade was on, it seemed. Galati, possibly seeing Angelelli in fourth and growing larger in his mirrors, bobbled nine laps from the end. This allowed Lime Rock Park owner Michael Culver into second. The local from Westport Connecticut had qualified and run in third for much of the race with his Porsche 911 Cup car. Culver spun two laps later, dropping into seventh behind McLure where he stayed to the end.

The large contingent of fans (more than a few wearing Cadillac hats) - as well as the front runners - were denied an exciting finish as full course yellows were brought out on laps 38-40 and yet again from laps 42 to the finish on lap 46. Whether Max and Andy could have moved to the front will not be known, but bear in mind the fastest lap of the race at 54.968, went to pole-sitter (54.362) and race winner Randy Pobst in the Champion Audi RS6. Both times eclipsed the Speed GT lap records.

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Tommy Archer in the beautiful blue and yellow 3R Racing Dodge Viper (shown here challenging Angelelli at turn 5 after the final green flag on lap 41) finished a very strong fourth overall after starting twelfth on the grid. Archer, carrying 30 pounds of ballast, had made an excellent start, to run in fifth on lap one. Tommy assumed fourth behind Culver on lap 18 when John Young's Saleen SR fell off the pace from third place, after starting ninth. Archer's run from twelfth to fourth earned him the Sunoco Hard Charger award of the race.

Angelelli now leads the SPEED GT Championship points with 60 points. Galati is close with 54 after finishing third at Sebring, Pilgrim has forty eight, Archer (47) and McClure (42). Randy Pobst is sixth with 35.

Audi has evened the score with Cadillac after the win at Lime Rock, both topping Manufacturers’ Championship with 14. Dodge has six points and Chevrolet three.

Viewers in the USA may watch the race on June 6 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED Channel.

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