Munich/Fort Worth. BMW works drivers JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jorg Muller (D) qualified fourth on the provisional grid for Saturday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Texas. Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW V12 LMR on the 2.324-mile Texas Motor ...
Munich/Fort Worth. BMW works drivers JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jorg Muller (D) qualified fourth on the provisional grid for Saturday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Texas. Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW V12 LMR on the 2.324-mile Texas Motor Speedway road course in one minute, 14.586 seconds. Teammates Bill Auberlen (USA) and Jean-Marc Gounon (F) are sixth on the provisional grid in the No. 43 BMW after Gounon qualified in 1:15.741. BMW Team PTG driver Hans-J. Stuck (D) qualified fifth in the GT class in 1:26.104.
BMW Motorsport team manager Charly Lamm: "The positive thing is that we seem to be closer to the fastest times in qualifying, so that's a better start than we had in the last races at Mosport and Sears Point. In that respect, it was a good day. But obviously, we would like to reduce the gap to the front. We have to make sure we can keep the momentum up, and that is what we will do tonight to prepare for tomorrow's qualifying."
JJ Lehto #42: "We're on the second row, we beat one of the Panoz and we're not so far away from the other Panoz. We were so much further away from them in the last race. We've been working hard, but we're still lacking grip and we can't find a good balance. We really need to try something wild! The track was very different in the afternoon than it was this morning. There was so much more dirt on the track, and it's a different ball game. It makes the track a second slower."
Jean-Marc Gounon #43: "I think I started too early in the session. On the first laps there was no grip and I destroyed my tires. After, it was too late to improve my time and the engine was running very high in temperature and I couldn't improve. I'm disappointed, but tomorrow is the race, so we'll see."
Hans-J. Stuck, #7, GT class: "We're closer to the Porsche than we thought, so all the changes we made were good. I think the race- deciding story will happen an hour from the end of the race, not in qualifying. We have to be pretty smart on everything on the car to be able to finish the race, and then we'll see where we are."
Jorg Muller #42 is sporting pink hair this weekend. He competed in a 28-km bicycle race in Zurich last weekend to raise funds for disabled children, and finished third. The hair color was part of the charity promotion.