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Watkins Glen PTG BMW Qualifying Story

PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM - SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 1998 First Union Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway AUBERLEN PUTS PTG BMW M3 ON THE GT3 POLE Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 ...

PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM - SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 1998 First Union Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway

AUBERLEN PUTS PTG BMW M3 ON THE GT3 POLE Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door on the GT3 pole today for Sunday's First Union Six Hours of The Glen, the fifth and final round of this year's revived United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) series. It was the fifth USRRC GT3 pole of the season for the No. 10 BMW M3, Auberlen's third (he missed the Homestead, Fla., and Minneapolis stops on the tour while racing in Europe). It was Auberlen's sixth GT3 pole of the season overall, counting his efforts at Sebring, Road Atlanta and Mosport on the Professional Sports Car Racing circuit. He recorded a fast lap of 1 minute, 55.959 seconds (an average of 117.04 mph), and will share the #10 BMW M3 with Mark Simo and Andy Pilgrim in Sunday's six-hour race here, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT. Marc Duez qualified the other PTG team car, the No. 6 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 coupe fourth on the GT3 grid in 1:57.986 (115.03 mph). He'll co-drive with Ross Bentley, the USRRC GT3 driver's points leader, and Peter Cunningham.

No. 10 YOKOHAMA/FINA BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR RECONFIGURED FOR THIS WEEKEND One's a four-door (No. 10) and one's a coupe (No. 6). But that's not the reason one of the PTG BMW M3s has been running some two seconds a lap faster than its sister car. The standard 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine on the No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door has been reconfigured to 3.0 leaders for the first time this season, a change that allowed the BMW M3 to run 200 pounds lighter and increase its maximum revs from 8,250 to 9,000. "It's proven to be the hot set-up," said PTG team owner Tom Milner. "We took a gamble and it's paid off so far."

BILL AUBERLEN, #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "I'm very happy with the way the car is performing. It's actually quite fun out there. We ran pretty quickly this morning in practice, but were anticipating a slower qualifying session and that's what happened. I could have taken some of the rear wing out of the BMW M3 for more straight-line speed and simply gritted my teeth through the corners. But we took the safe route and won the pole handily, anyway. It was the smart thing to do. It's a six-hour race, after all."

MARC DUEZ, #6 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Coupe - "It's a little bit humbling to be running two seconds slower than your other team car, but there's good reason for it ... we're 200 pounds heavier. But this setup is the one we've been relying on all season, and we haven't lost a race, yet. I'm sure we have a car that can go to the end and bring the (USRRC GT3 driver's) title to Ross (Bentley)."

BMW WINS SPORTS CLASS IN MOTOROLA CUP EVENT Mike Fitzgerald and Jeff McMillin drove a BMW 328is to the Sports Class victory in today's two-hour, 45-minute Motorola Cup race at Watkins Glen. It was Fitzgerald's eighth Motorola Cup victory in 10 races this year, and the ninth for a BMW 328is.

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Series GT
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Ross Bentley , Marc Duez