Las Vegas PTG BMW M3 notes and quotes 97-09-19

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series -- GTS-3 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by FAO Schwarz Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997 POST RACE: BMW M3s finished second, third, fifth and 12th in today's Exxon Supreme GT Series race for the ...

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series -- GTS-3 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by FAO Schwarz Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997

POST RACE:

BMW M3s finished second, third, fifth and 12th in today's Exxon Supreme GT Series race for the GTS-3 class trophy. Javier Quiros and Bill Auberlen drove the No. 6 Yokohama M3 coupe to second; Boris Said and Derek Hill drove the No. 10 Yokohama M3 four do or to third; Matthew Cohen and Pete Halsmer drove the No. 77 Alco Capital Group M3 coupe to fifth; and Marc Duez and Dieter Quester drove the No. 7 Red Bull/Fina/Yokohama M3 coupe to 12th. The No. 10 M3 finished nine seconds behind the winning No. 39 Por sche 911. Unofficially, in points, Bil Auberlen and Javier Quiros hold on the second with 163 points, David Murry is first with 170 points. In manufacturer's points, BMW leads with 199, Porsche 181. In the team championship, Tom Milner leads with 193 p oints, Michael Colucci's Porsche team has 165 points.

BORIS SAID, after 32 laps in the No. 10 M3 four door: ON THE NO. 39 PORSCHE: "He's faster. I was trying to save the brakes and gamble on a yellow coming early, and keep the car good for Auberlen. Then we lost the power steering. I was being pretty ov er-cautious driving to make sure it was o.k."

DIETER QUESTER, on why the No. 7 stopped on course: "The engine stopped. When I was behind Boris the Problem started with the ABS going off and on, and then the radio was not working, and then the engine stopped. For me the problem started 12 or 14 lap s ago (Dieter stopped on lap 29)." The car was pulled into the pits, repairs were made, and Marc Duez took the car back out nine laps down.

JAVIER QUIROS: "The No. 6 car didn't have any problem at all. Steering, braking, engine, everything, was perfect. I tried the best I could at the beginning to see if I could catch the Porsche, I was driving as hard as I could drive the car. I think I was risking too much in the first 1aps, so I decided to leave it to Auberlen to see if we could win. On the straightaway the Porsche just drove away."

BILL AUBERLEN: "The No. 6 car was perfect. I was trying as hard as I could. The car was flawless, absolutely beautiful. It did nothing (out of the ordinary). When the No. 10 car lost power steering, the team hedged its bets in case something else mig ht go wrong with it and put me in the No. 6 car." COULD YOU SEE THE PORSCHE IN FRONT? "For a long time, when I was five to six seconds behind I could close in on him a little bit, but then he would drive away." The Porsche's margin was as much as 16.5 seconds during the 1-hour-45-minute race; at the end it was only nine.

DEREK HILL, ON DRIVING THE NO. 10 WITHOUT POWER STEERING: "Driving without power steering is like trying to steer a semi. Regardless, we finished on the podium, and ultimately the podium is what's going to win the championship for BMW. I was glad it we nt out before the pit stop so that Bill could get into the 6 car. The Yokohama tires held up the whole time, just fantastically, and that really helped me work around the few problems we had." ON GAINING ON NO. 6 AND THEN DROPPING BACK: "I think it was just a matter of having more energy to muscle the car around in the beginning. I didn't want to take any risk of pushing the car in that circumstance."

ERIK WENSBERG, M Brand Manager, BMW of North America, Inc.:  "We gave it
everything we had.  I don't think this track suits our car as well as it
suits the Porsche.  Clearly the rulebook went against us today.  We don't
want to take anything away from Dav id Murry.  He drove a good race, but
we just didn't have it.  We had an electrical failure in the No. 7 car,
which is unfortunate, because it seemed to be running strong.  The team
did the best it could.  We will get them at Denver." 

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Derek Hill , Boris Said , David Murry , Bill Auberlen , Dieter Quester , Marc Duez , Javier Quiros