WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 11, 1998: The United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) officially concluded its first season of sports car racing in 30 years with Ross Bentley, BMW and Tom Milner's Prototype Technology Group its first GT3 driver's, manufacturer's and team champions.
Bentley, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, co-drove a PTG BMW M3 to GT3-class victories at Homestead, Fla., and Minneapolis, added a runner-up finish at Mid-Ohio, a third-place finish at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and a seventh at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. He held off second-place Porsche driver Danny Marshall in winning his first career title. PTG teammates Marc Duez, of Monte Carlo, Boris Said and Mark Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif., and Bill Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, Calif., finished third, fourth, sixth and seventh in the GT3 driver's standings, respectively.
PTG BMW M3s won four of the five USRRC GT3 events in all, finished 1-2 twice, and qualified fastest in all five races. BMW, the two-time-defending GT3 champion in the rival Professional Sports Car Racing (SPORTS CAR) series, beat runner-up Porsche in this year's USRRC GT3 manufacturer's standings. And Milner's Winchester, Va.-based PTG team outlasted a pair of Porsche teams that tied for second place in the team standings.
"This is the ultimate reward for a group of hard-working, dedicated people," Milner said. "Ross is an exceptional driving talent, a real team player, and he deserves a lot of credit for the success we've had. Congratulations go out to Ross, as well as everyone who's part of this great effort."
After five SPORTS CAR-sanctioned events on the PTG schedule, driver Auberlen, manufacturer BMW and the team each occupies the top spot in its respective points standings with three events remaining.