BMW Team PTG notes: Race American Le Mans Series Grand Prix at Mosport (International Raceway) race three, American Le Mans Series BMW Team PTG collected two GT podium finishes after a very tough race. Hans Stuck and Christian Menzel finished...
BMW Team PTG notes: Race American Le Mans Series Grand Prix at Mosport (International Raceway) race three, American Le Mans Series
BMW Team PTG collected two GT podium finishes after a very tough race. Hans Stuck and Christian Menzel finished second in the #10 BMW M3, despite losing time for a tire puncture and dropping a lap because of their track position during a caution period. Brian Cunningham and Johannes van Overbeek were third in class in the #7 M3 after overcoming a spin in heavy traffic. Mark Simo and Peter Cunningham were ninth in the #6 car after a long pit stop to replace a damaged radiator.
Hans Stuck, driver, #10 BMW M3 "We're very happy with second place. It was a good first coming here to North America for Christian. We had it in hand, but we got chopped off by bad luck because we lost one lap behind the pace car. We were just in the wrong spot. But we're happy with second place. Points are very important and the season isn't over yet."
Brian Cunningham, driver, #7 BMW M3 "We had a pretty eventful race. We were right in front of the 23 car and trying to keep out front. I went into turn three and mismatched a shift. I was a bit wide and had a small spin. Then I was behind the 76 car and catching him and he kept cutting me off. I got underneath him in the last corner and he cut me off and we hit. We had to come in and change tires, but luckily the rain held off and we were able to finish third."
Mark Simo, driver, #6 BMW M3 "I got into a situation with four cars racing close, and I didn't have the perspective I needed when the number 99 car spun. I went into the back of the number 23, but not intentionally. It was just a tap, but it damaged the car. A small hole in the radiator is just as bad as brick to the head. It puts you out. It's unfortunate because I felt like whatever the car was doing, I could deal with it. I just felt really, really good in the car. The other drivers have told me about this feeling that comes and it starts to click. One morning you just wake up and you've got it, you have it figured out. That's how I feel right now. It's unfortunate I couldn't show that. But we'll get 'em at Sears Point."
Christian Menzel, driver, #10 BMW M3 "I'm happy. Normally, we'd have a big chance to win but we were unlucky with the tire and had an unlucky situation with the pace car. I'm sure the BMW is a winner car and we are a winner team. I hope I can come back in the future. It's very nice here."
Scott Doniger, motorsport manager, BMW of North America "We're very happy with second and third place, but our goal was to come here and win. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that. But we got a great performance from our drivers in some really difficult conditions. There was a lot of traffic out there and we also got caught under the yellow flag in a disadvantageous position. But we were able to overcome that and put two cars on the podium."