Homestead: Sigalsport BMW race report

ALHADEFF AND AUBERLEN FINISH FOURTH IN THE GP OF MIAMI! Los Angeles, California (March 27, 2006) -- Sigalsport BMW Team drivers Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen finished fourth co-driving the No. 05 Alhadeff ...

ALHADEFF AND AUBERLEN FINISH FOURTH IN THE GP OF MIAMI!

Los Angeles, California (March 27, 2006) -- Sigalsport BMW Team drivers Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen finished fourth co-driving the No. 05 Alhadeff Motorsports/Motul/GRW.com.mx/enVista/Glycomax BMW M3, for the tandem's best finish of the year.

The Sigalsport BMW machine made the biggest move in the GT class of the day, as Alhadeff qualified 13th before he and Auberlen steadily picked off positions during each of their stints and as a result, the No. 05 team earned the GT class SunTrust Improve Your Position award.

After three races, the Sigalsport BMW No. 05 is ranked eighth in the 2006 overall Grand American Rolex Series GT team classification.

Gene Sigal and Peter MacLeod finished eleventh, co-driving the No. 04 Sigalsport/Java One Coffee/Motul/ GRW.com.mx/enVista/Glycomax BMW M3. Gene Sigal and Peter MacLeod drove as fast as they could since they had to use a high mileage engine due to the problems that occurred in qualifying.

The weekend did not start very well for the Sigalsport BMW team that lost two engines in two sessions. Car 05 lost an engine in the second session on Thursday and car 04 lost an engine during the first lap of qualifying on Friday afternoon, forcing Gene Sigal and Peter MacLeod to start from the back of the pack on Saturday for the race. The Sigalsport BMW crew had a rough weekend and because of the engine problems, was forced to spend long hours on Thursday and Friday night changing motors and making sure those cars would be ready for the race. The anticipated podium finish results announced early in the week was an achievable goal but unfortunately, like was the case at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the competitiveness of the M3 in its current technical livery was not there. The Pontiac GTOs, Porsche 997s and Mazdas are new year cars and the former 2004 championship winning BMW M3 machine is a two year old car that needs a deserved and requested immediate rule change to remain in top competitive form. The great driving performance from Auberlen and Alhadeff allowed the car 05 to finish fourth and keep all championship hopes alive. The anticipated GT rules changes should come soon for the team to battle again with the best GTs at the next round scheduled at Virginia International Raceway on April 21-23.

After three races the team is starting to gel and the three weeks separating Homestead and the Virginia race will be beneficial for the Los Angeles, California based team. Auberlen, Alhadeff and Sigal will test at Infineon Raceway in two weeks to prepare for the August round of the Rolex Series.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Gene Sigal