The BMW Team PTG drivers say they're ready for Saturday's 10-hour, 1000-mile Petit Le Mans race. All three cars found extra speed during final qualifying on Friday. Boris Said qualified the ...
The BMW Team PTG drivers say they're ready for Saturday's 10-hour, 1000-mile Petit Le Mans race. All three cars found extra speed during final qualifying on Friday. Boris Said qualified the #6 BMW M3 fourth in the GT class with a time of one minute, 25.347 seconds. Peter Cunningham was right behind him in the #7 M3 (1:25.476) and Darren Law was sixth in class in the #10 car (1:25.990).
Boris Said, driver, #6 BMW M3
"We're making progress. We've been getting the cars faster and faster every session, so that's good. Unfortunately, the straightaway at Road Atlanta is so long, there's not much we can do with the Porsche. It's just too fast down the straightaway right now. But we have better brakes, we handle better and it's a long race, so we're not going to give up."
Peter Cunningham, driver, #7 BMW M3
"Today in qualifying we tried a little bit more of a high-downforce package. Between that and some other fine-tuning on the car, we were a whole second faster [than Thursday], so we're very pleased. We've got a really good car now and we're ready for the race. It's really a survival game. To be leading at the 800-mile mark or the 900-mile mark is not good enough."
Darren Law, driver, #10 BMW M3
"In qualifying we're going for one flyer lap, but in the overall scheme of things we're looking to make this thing last 10 hours. The guy who lays down the pole time is not always the winner of the race. What we've tried to set up for is that all drivers are comfortable in the car, we can run a decent pace and we can conserve the car to be there at the end. The hard racing doesn't start until the last hour or so. The biggest thing here is to just stay out of trouble."
The #6 BMW M3 is white, with an angled light bar for identification after dark. The #7 M3 is white and purple, with a vertical light bar. The #10 is white and red, with a horizontal light bar. Primary colors for driver helmets are: Brian Cunningham (blue, white, yellow), Peter Cunningham (red, chrome), Darren Law (white, silver, black checkers), Boris Said (red, white), Brian Simo (yellow, white), Mark Simo (blue, white), Hans Stuck (blue, white stars), Johannes van Overbeek (orange, black stars).