BMW Saturday report

Fighting BMW performance in the VLN - Difficult LMS qualifying. Nurburgring/Le Castellet, 10th April 2010. In the second round of the VLN Endurance Championship, the no. 743 BMW M3 GT2 of Team BMW Motorsport finished 48th overall. Starting...

Fighting BMW performance in the VLN - Difficult LMS qualifying.

Nurburgring/Le Castellet, 10th April 2010. In the second round of the VLN Endurance Championship, the no. 743 BMW M3 GT2 of Team BMW Motorsport finished 48th overall. Starting driver Andy Priaulx (GB) had to pit in at the Nurburgring's Nordschleife (DE) on lap 4, due to a broken driveshaft. Following a 30-minute repair stop the GT sports car rejoined the race, way outside the top-100. Priaulx and his team-mates Augusto Farfus (BR), Pedro Lamy (PT) and Dirk Adorf (DE) worked their way up over the course of the race. However, it was impossible for them to close the gap to the front-runners after the problems in the opening stage. In qualifying, Team BMW Motorsport had secured second on the grid for the four-hour race, which took a more positive course for Dirk Muller (DE). For the Schubert Motorsport team, the BMW works driver came sixth overall at the wheel of the new BMW Z4 GT3.

In qualifying for the first round of the 2010 Le Mans Series at Le Castellet (FR), BMW Team Schnitzer had to make do with 13th on the LM GT2 grid. At the "Circuit Paul Ricard" Jorg Muller (DE) set a time of 1:59.593 minutes. Pole position was secured by Gianmaria Bruni (IT) and Jaime Melo (BR) in a Ferrari F430 GT. Muller and his team-mate Dirk Werner (DE) will contest the first 1000-kilometre race of the season from 11:00 hrs local time (10:00 hrs BST) on Sunday.

Charly Lamm (Team Manager): "This Saturday didn't run as planned for us. At the Nordschleife we were in a promising position for the race after qualifying second. After a good start, however, a problem with left rear driveshaft made a 30-minute pit stop necessary. Thus we were no longer able to challenge for a top position. In the Le Mans Series were are disappointed with our qualifying performance. We will work hard and make some changes to the car, in order to be more competitive in tomorrow's race."

Andy Priaulx (Car Number 743, VLN): "The performance of our BMW M3 GT2 was great over the whole weekend. In qualifying we were able to claim second, and the start of the race was good fun. It looked as if we would see an exciting fight with Porsche and Audi. But the driveshaft problem threw us back early into the race. Therefore, today's result doesn't reflect the true competitiveness of our car."

Dirk Muller (Car Number 91, BMW Z4 GT3, VLN): "I had good fun in today's race. We were really happy with the BMW Z4 GT3 and managed to make another step forward with this new car. However, you had to be very careful out there today, as many, many incidents occurred. For us everything worked out perfectly. It was a great feeling to bring the car home in sixth in the final stint."

Jorg Muller (Car Number 78, Le Mans Series): "Maybe I could have gone one or two tenths quicker. However, overall we are still too far off the pace that we would like to go and today's result comes as a disappointment. Our car is still very young. There's a lot of potential in it, which we must now extract step by step and translate it into a better performance. We will work hard on this."

-source: bmw

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Series Endurance , European Le Mans
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Andy Priaulx , Dirk Müller , Pedro Lamy , Jorg Muller , Jaime Melo , Augusto Farfus , Dirk Werner , Dirk Adorf , Charly Lamm
Teams BMW Team Schnitzer