BMW Team PTG scored strong second- and fourth-place finishes in Sunday's two-hour 45-minute race on the 1.944-mile Portland International Raceway. Johannes van Overbeek started the ...
BMW Team PTG scored strong second- and fourth-place finishes in Sunday's two-hour 45-minute race on the 1.944-mile Portland International Raceway. Johannes van Overbeek started the #7 BMW M3 fourth in the GT class and moved up one position before handing off to Boris Said after the first hour. Said took second place within 30 minutes and held for the podium finish. Brian Cunningham started the #10 M3 eighth, after struggling with an engine problem all week. He moved to fifth before Nic Jonsson took over at the first hour. Jonsson also increased one position to finish fourth.
Johannes van Overbeek, driver, #7 BMW M3
"I'm really pleased today. The Flextronics/Level One/Yokohama BMW M3 ran without a fault. The worst thing today was traffic -- it was just a bear. Patience definitely paid off. I had a lot of fun in the race, and Boris did a great job keeping the position. It's not as good as first, but we'll take second."
Boris Said, driver, #7 BMW M3
"The team did a really good job. We had good pitstops, and the Yokohama tires held up great. I was a little rough on them at the beginning because I thought I could catch the leader. We were gaining for awhile, but I got some bad breaks in traffic and got pushed off the road about five laps in a row. I finally decided I couldn't catch him, so I just brought it home in second. It's a good result for the team."
Nic Jonsson, driver, #10 BMW M3
"I think Brian and I should be very happy with the car today. We had a mechanical problem all week, and we couldn't fix it for the race, so we were actually down on power. To finish fourth, we should be very, very happy. And we're also happy for our teammates, Boris and Johannes, who finished second. It's great for the whole team. We're looking forward to Atlanta now. We'll go there with a real good engine in the car and I think we'll be choice for the lead and a victory there."
Tom Salkowsky, motorsport manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"We overcame a lot of obstacles this weekend, but it showed the determination and perserverance of BMW Team PTG. It was a terrific effort on their part. A lot of hard work, but to walk away from Portland with a second and a fourth, we can be very happy about that. It just shows that where we qualify isn't always indicative of how we'll perform in the race. I think sometimes we save some of our best efforts for the race."