BMW returns to the Nordschleife
When the 31st 24h-Race Nurburgring starts at 15.00 on Saturday (31st May) theTeam BMW Motorsport entered M3 GTR number 42, driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck (GER), Boris Said (USA) and John Nielsen (DNK) will start from 5th on the grid, while the car driven by Dirk Muller (GER), Jorg Muller (GER) and Claudia Hurtgen (GER) will start from 7th. Reserve driver for both of these cars will be Marc Duez (BEL). While Marc is the team's most successful driver at this event, with four wins to his credit, it was Hans-Joachim who gave BMW its first win here in 1970.
In the first qualifying session from 10.00 to 12.00 Jorg set the best time of the day for car no 43 with 9mins 09.13secs, while the best time for car no 42 of 9mins 08.77secs was set by Hans-Joachim in the evening session.The morning session was held in hot and sunny conditions, but at 17.30 the heavans opened and a storm of biblical proportions hit the Eifel mountains. The standing water on the track delayed the start of final qualifying for an hour so the session was from 20.00 to 23.00.
Albert Biermann, Technical Director of Team BMW Motorsport: "We are here for the first time since our victory in 1998, and are very satisfied with our qualifying results. For the second qualifying session we fitted the race engines to the cars so we were not expecting to go a lot faster."
Charly Lamm, Team Manager of Team BMW Motorsport: "We had a fantastic day because we were able to compete with the BMW M3 GTRs again. To be back here at the Nurburgring competing on the Nordshleife is a great pleasure for all of us at Team BMW Motorsport. We had a task to complete today in two sessions of qualifying. We used them to dial in the drivers and the cars and get ourselves used to long distance racing again. We enjoyed today very much, are happy with the progress we made and really look forward to the race tomorrow."
Car No 42 - BMW M3 GTR - Hans-Joachim Stuck will start the race
Hans-Joachim Stuck/Boris Said/John Nielsen/Marc Duez
Car No 43 - BMW M3 GTR - Jorg Muller will start the race
Jorg Muller/Dirk Muller/Claudia Hurtgen/Marc Duez
The 24 hour race, which is run over the 25.951mile Nordschleife circuit, starts at 15.00 on Saturday, 31st May.