No. 21 BMW Team PTG M3 Finishes Fifth in GT2 at the Grand Prix of Mosport Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. - September 3, 2006-- Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen co-drove the No. 21 BMW Team PTG M3 to a fifth-place finish in today's Grand Prix of...
No. 21 BMW Team PTG M3 Finishes Fifth in GT2 at the Grand Prix of Mosport
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. - September 3, 2006-- Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen co-drove the No. 21 BMW Team PTG M3 to a fifth-place finish in today's Grand Prix of Mosport. The duo completed 115 laps of the 2.46-mile, 10-turn Mosport International Raceway in the two-hour-and- forty-five-minute contest, finishing one lap behind the winning Ferrari. This was the second top-five finish of the season for Auberlen and Hand after two consecutive podium appearances in the last two races.
The day ended much too early for Justin Marks in the No. 22 BMW Team PTG M3. The victim of a collision, he was forced to retire on lap 8 after being hit by a spinning competitor. Bryan Sellers did not race.
Hand started the race under threatening skies and held the sixth position until he pitted at the one hour mark. Auberlen took the wheel for the first time in the weekend after arriving at the track following another BMW racing commitment. He ran as high as second as competitors cycled through their pit stops, pitting himself after one hour. Hand got back in the No. 21 M3 for the final 45 minutes of the race, ultimately finishing fifth.
Round 9 of the American Le Mans Series, the Petit Le Mans, will be held on September 30th at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. The race will be televised live on Speed Channel.
BILL AUBERLEN, DRIVER NO. 21 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (5th): "I did a race yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. I flew in overnight, came in this morning and did the morning warm up. We were very good in the wet and were hoping for rain. But, unfortunately for us, we raced in the dry. I got into the No. 21 M3 a little early because we wanted to be sure we had a handle on the tire wear. The M3 was very good and the team did a great job. We are looking forward to Petit Le Mans."
JOEY HAND, DRIVER NO. 21 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (5th): "We were ready for the rain, but it didn't come. Our setup was off a bit for the dry, but as the race continued the car came back to us. We decided to pit early for tires to see if we could make up some time. Bill did a great job during his stint. I got back in again near the end and the track was much better for the car. We were able to go pretty fast, but still couldn't run the full stint at the pace that everyone else could. These guys are working really hard between races to make our M3s better and better. I am looking forward to Petit."
JUSTIN MARKS, DRIVER NO. 22 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (dnf): "We had a really good car and a good start. Everyone was very aggressive at the start of the race and I had contact with three or four cars before another one took us out. From what I saw there was a prototype passing a Panoz in front of me. He hit the Panoz and then hit a Porsche. I had nowhere to go. I hate it for BMW, I hate for everybody in the team, I just hate that this happened. But this is racing. I am proud of all the work that PTG did. We will just focus on having a good Petit Le Mans."
BRYAN SELLERS, DRIVER NO. 22 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (dnf): "It was a disappointing race for us. Unfortunately, Justin got caught up in someone else's accident. At that point I think he was running fourth after starting seventh or eighth. That is something to say for the short amount of laps that he drove. And it speaks well about the team and how much we have improved since the beginning of the year."
TOM MILNER, OWNER BMW TEAM PTG: "We had a good race, but without the result we wanted. It looked like it was going to rain and we definitely had the right combination and the right tires for the wet. At some races you have luck and do well, but this time our luck was not as good. Our performance was fine, but we could not quite keep the pace at the end."
-credit: bmw team ptg