BMW Motorsport Mid-Ohio qualifying report

BMW Motorsport second and fourth in Mid-Ohio qualifying Munich/Lexington. BMW Motorsport will start second and fourth in the GT class for Sunday's round six of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. JJ Lehto (FIN) posted a...

BMW Motorsport second and fourth in Mid-Ohio qualifying

Munich/Lexington. BMW Motorsport will start second and fourth in the GT class for Sunday's round six of the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. JJ Lehto (FIN) posted a time of one minute 24.459 seconds on the 2.25-mile road course in the No. 42 BMW M3 GTR. He held the class pole position until the last few minutes of the qualifying session, when his time was bettered by Porsche driver Sascha Maassen (D). Lehto and Jörg Müller (D) will start second on the GT grid. Fredrik Ekblom (S) and Dirk Müller (D) will start fourth in class after Ekblom qualified the No. 43 GTR in 1:24.756.

BMW Team PTG drivers Hans-J. Stuck (D) and Boris Said (USA) will start third in the No. 6 BMW M3 GTR (1:24.507), and Peter Cunningham (USA), substituting for Bill Auberlen (USA) and Niclas Jönsson (S) will start sixth in the No. 6 GTR (1:25.124).

BMW Motorsport team manager Charly Lamm: "The GT qualifying today was really a thriller: It was perfect for us until four minutes from the end when Sascha Maassen took pole position by eight-thousandths of a second. But second and fourth are good qualifying results. Apart from qualifying, we are really enthusiastic about being at Mid-Ohio and visiting this track for the first time. It's very challenging and demanding, so we are happy to be so competitive."

JJ Lehto #42: "It's nice to see that Porsche is back in business. They were very fast. It's surprising that they are not always fast on some circuits, but here they are very competitive. I was pushing a few little things, but I'm sure they didn't have a perfect lap, either. Everyone was so limited with time on the track, so it shows everybody has prepared well for this race."

Jörg Müller #42: "The three cars leading the championship are in the first three positions, so that's good for the series. I'm happy and looking forward to the race."

Fredrik Ekblom #43: "The track was very slippery this afternoon compared to this morning and it took me by a bit of a surprise. It was not a really perfect lap, but it was decent and we'll take it for what it is. It's very close, just a couple of tenths [of a second], so we're going to fight tomorrow. We'll do some work overnight, but in general we have a good car for the race."

Dirk Müller #43: "It's surprising to see the track was a lot slower than this morning. I don't know what to say - it's the first time since we've been in America that we're not on the pole. Fredrik did a very good job, we worked really hard and we were really prepared for it, so maybe it was a bit of bad luck. But we've won races from the fourth position before, so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."

-BMW Motorsports

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dirk Müller , Boris Said , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Sascha Maassen , Peter Cunningham , Charly Lamm , JJ Lehto