Braselton, Ga., -- JJ Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW Motorsport M3 GTR on the GT class pole for tomorrow's 1000-mile Petit Le Mans with a new qualifying record of 1:22.604 around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. This marks the sixth race in a...
Braselton, Ga., -- JJ Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW Motorsport M3 GTR on the GT class pole for tomorrow's 1000-mile Petit Le Mans with a new qualifying record of 1:22.604 around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. This marks the sixth race in a row that the new V8-powered BMW M3 GTR has started at the front of the GT class as BMW looks to close the 2001 American Le Mans Series season with a sixth straight victory - the streak beginning at the third-round X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. in July. The No. 43 BMW Motorsport M3 GTR of Dirk Müller posted the second fastest time (1:22.681).
A light rain began to fall just after the thirty-minute session began and Hans Stuck spun the No. 6 Team PTG M3 GTR causing a brief stop in the action to clear the track of gravel. Pitting for new tires - allowed because the session was declared "wet" and not requiring the team to use their marked qualifying Yokohamas - Stuck recovered to post the third quickest GT time (1:23.617). David Murry, driving his first race for Team PTG, slotted the No. 10 M3 GTR into the fifth starting spot (1:24.041).
driver No. 6 PTG M3 GTR
The track was dry as we went out, but it started to rain so I thought that this was my best chance if the rain was going to continue. Unfortunately, I came in one percent too fast on the next lap and I spun into the gravel. The car was undamaged and I continued after pitting for new tires. I am happy with third."
driver No. 10 PTG M3 GTR
"As my tires were coming in I got behind some slower cars and by the time I got around them and found some space I just missed the window. I came in for another set of tires as the track dried, but only got one flyer before the checker. When it rains on and off like this you have to get lucky."
motorsports manager, BMW of North America, LLC
"A sixth pole in a row for the M3 GTR in a session that required the right strategy and another great effort by both BMW teams. We will take the 1,2,3,5-start and look a 1,2,3,4-finish."
Tom Milner, owner BMW Team PTG "We are where we need to be. Hans has the No. 6 car in the third spot. I would have liked to see David up higher with the No. 10, but I think he came in one lap too late for his last set of tires and ran out of time. Our job is to ensure victory for BMW because at the end of the day this is about teamwork and the drivers championship is next on the list."