BMW Team PTG notes: four hours, March 17, 2000 Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring, Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway Race one of 12, American Le Mans Series BMW Team PTG has had a frustrating opening to the 2000 race season, with mechanical ...
BMW Team PTG notes: four hours, March 17, 2000
Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring, Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway
Race one of 12, American Le Mans Series
BMW Team PTG has had a frustrating opening to the 2000 race season, with mechanical problems on both BMW M3s during the first four hours of the Sebring race. The #10 M3, driven by Brian Cunningham, Peter Cunningham and Darren Law, had a strong race start, but a CV joint failed at about the one-hour mark. The team lost seven laps while the car was repaired.
The #6 M3, driven by Boris Said, Hans Stuck and Johannes van Overbeek, lost 45 laps and more than an hour when the differential had to be replaced. After returning to the race, the car was hit on a restart, resulting in a bent tie rod. A few minutes later, the car returned to pit lane with a right-rear tire puncture.
Peter Cunningham started the #10, then handed it over to Brian Cunningham while the car was repaired. Darren Law took over after 2.5 hours. Boris Said started in the #6 car; Hans Stuck took the wheel just before the car returned to the team transporter for repairs. Both cars are back on track, with Law and Stuck driving.
Peter Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"The #10 BMW M3 was working better than it ever has during the first hour. Then we suffered a setback with a CV joint failure. We're back in now, and while we're down on the running order, we've already made up three spots and we're turning very competitive times. We still have eight hours to go, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."
Boris Said, driver, #6 BMW M3
"The start of the race was okay. We just set a slow pace and were taking it easy. Then we had a brake failure -- a master cylinder cap failure. So now we're basically just using the race like a test. We'll keep running the car and maybe try some things . . . I went down to the hairpin and had a good lunch. Those are my people!"
Said has a unique arrangement with leading pro golfer Mark O'Meara. The two golf together, and Said arranged for O'Meara to drive a race car at Sebring last month. "He's helping me with my golf swing and I'm helping him with his apexes," Said explained.