BMW Motorsport third on Texas GT grid

Munich/Fort Worth. BMW Motorsport qualified third on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. JJ Lehto (FIN) qualified the No. 42 BMW M3 in one minute 26.441 seconds on the 2.324-mile course, despite a ...

Munich/Fort Worth. BMW Motorsport qualified third on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. JJ Lehto (FIN) qualified the No. 42 BMW M3 in one minute 26.441 seconds on the 2.324-mile course, despite a drivetrain problem that occurred near the end of the qualifying session. Lehto will share driving duties with Jorg Muller (D) in the two-hour 45-minute race. BMW Team PTG driver Hans-J. Stuck (D) and his co-driver Boris Said (USA) will start eighth on the GT grid after Said qualified the No. 6 BMW M3 in 1:28.300.

BMW Motorsport team manager Charly Lamm: "We are very happy with the results, being in third position right between the Porsches, and not so far away from the pole position. We're still on a big learning curve with the BMW M3 GT car, so every practice session has been very valuable for us. Now we have try to reach our next target, to run the race reliably and try to score as many points as possible."

JJ Lehto #42: "I think this was a good qualifying because we are only six-tenths off from the factory Porsche, which is a brand-new car. We're definitely lacking on power from the Porsche, but the race setup is relly good and I think we have a good car for the race. The balance is getting better and better all the time. I'm looking forward to have a good fight with the Porsches tomorrow.

"This is a new class for us, so it takes a litle bit of time to get used to everything. I'm happy because Jorg has been doing very good times, and we are both very constant on lap times. That's what we need -- two strong drivers so we can challenge the Porsches."

Jorg Muller #42: "It's really better than we expected because we haven't tested a lot with the car. It's the first time that we could drive it in proper conditions with our little things that we did to the car. We're just six-tenths of a second slower than the Porsche, which is quite good. It makes me look forward to the season, when we get our new car."

Hans-J. Stuck #6 BMW Team PTG: "I'm a little bit disappointed because we don't have the speed we expected, but we have to work on it. One session was completely wet, so we couldn't work on the setup and in qualifying, there's no time to do it. We know we have to work a lot, it won't be easy for sure.

"This will be the first race I will use the Head And Neck Safety [HANS] device. I bought it in Daytona, because I think it's a necessary safety feature. So I'll try it for the first time tomorrow."

-BMW Motorsport

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Series ALMS
Drivers Boris Said , Jorg Muller , Charly Lamm , JJ Lehto