Six Hours and the BMW M3 GTRs hold positions 1-2-3

Braselton, Ga., -- With six hours and 230 laps completed in the fourth annual Petit Le Mans at the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit the BMW M3 GTRs of BMW Motorsport and BMW Team PTG continue their hold on the top three positions in the GT ...

Braselton, Ga., -- With six hours and 230 laps completed in the fourth annual Petit Le Mans at the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit the BMW M3 GTRs of BMW Motorsport and BMW Team PTG continue their hold on the top three positions in the GT class.

The No. 10 Team PTG M3 GTR of Niclas Jönsson pitted just past the 3-hour mark and Brian Cunningham continued to hold second until one hour later and lap 136 when the M3 suffered a driveshaft failure that retired their effort.

The No. 6 Team PTG M3 GTR of Bill Auberlen moved into second -- pitting at 4.45. Hans Stuck began his second stint of the race, but a full-course yellow at 5.30 brought him back to the pits early and Boris Said belted in.

The No. 43 BMW Motorsport M3 GTR of Jörg Müller leads by one lap over the No. 6 Team PTG M3 GTR of Boris Said. The No. 42 BMW Motorsport M3 GTR of JJ Lehto is third.

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 6 PTG M3 GTR:

"The M3 GTR is fantastic. You get out there on a full tank and the car sets good lap times, but we made a small change during the stop and I think it kept the car consistently quick throughout the stint. The Yokohamas hung right in there. I'm confident."

Niclas Jönsson, driver No. 10 PTG M3 GTR:

"We've been fast all year long, but just haven't had the luck. I ran a strong second during my stint with Boris right behind me as we worked traffic together. We were pacing ourselves for those important last hours and the GTR felt great. It is disappointing that we are out."

Brian Cunningham, driver No. 10 PTG M3 GTR:

"On my outlap I got a warning alarm that alerted me that I may have a problem, but the M3 continued to run strong. Half way through the stint I could hear that something had broken and smoke filled the car entering turn 2. By turn 3 the car was on fire. A real shame for everyone on the team who worked so hard."

- Bill Cobb

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Series ALMS
Drivers Boris Said , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Brian Cunningham , JJ Lehto