Originally-From: Spur07@cs.com After two strong finishes in previous Petit Le Mans races, BMW Team PTG had a difficult race this year. With the ...
After two strong finishes in previous Petit Le Mans races, BMW Team PTG had a difficult race this year. With the #10 BMW M3 out of the race early, the team focused its efforts on the #7 M3, which was 24 laps down to the class leader after a 30-minute pit stop to repair an oil-line problem. Hans Stuck took over from Boris Said after 6h30 and moved up one position an hour later. Johannes van Overbeek took the final stint at the eight-hour mark, but was forced to retire with another oil-line failure 30 minutes later. The #7 M3 finished ninth in the GT class and the #10 was 15th.
Hans Stuck , driver, #7 BMW M3
"My last stint was okay. I didn't take any chances because we were out of contention and I didn't want to be in the way of the faster cars. I was cruising, everything was fine and I had fast lap times, so no problem. It's too bad we were so far back, but that happens."
Johannes van Overbeek , driver, #7 BMW M3
"It wasn't BMW Team PTG's day today. We were running really well, a lap behind but a close third when our first mechanical problem happened. The crew did a great job getting the car back together. Then what started as a driveshaft failure ripped the oil line out and there wasn't enough time to fix it. We'll get 'em at Laguna."
Tom Salkowsk y, motorsport manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"We were hoping to continue some of the momentum that we took from podium finishes at three of the last four races. I give full credit to the team, who worked very hard to prepare for this race. But it just wasn't our weekend, just one obstacle after the next. It was a very difficult weekend."