BMW Team PTG will start Saturday's 1000-mile race from third and fifth on the GT grid. Boris Said, co-driving with Hans Stuck and Johannes van Overbeek, qualified the ...
BMW Team PTG will start Saturday's 1000-mile race from third and fifth on the GT grid. Boris Said, co-driving with Hans Stuck and Johannes van Overbeek, qualified the #7 BMW M3 third in one minute, 24.415 seconds. Brian Cunningham had only one fast qualifying lap in the #10 M3 before contact with a slow-moving car put him out of the session with damage to the left-front fender and bumper cover. He qualified fifth in class in 1:24.792.
Boris Said, driver, #7 BMW M3
"We were quicker than yesterday, and the car's really good for the race. Our tires are perfect, we're just a little slow down the straightaway compared to the Porsche. Today we had a big headwind that probably hurt us more than yesterday. It's 10 hours and a long race, but we have a good team, so we'll let the team make up some spots for us."
Brian Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"I came behind [the other car] in turn 5 and running into 6. I was making a good run on him, starting to pass in turn 7 and he stopped. He basically stopped to make me go one way or the other, but I was so close behind him I couldn't do it. I locked up all the brakes, but I couldn't stop and I hit him."
Chris Miller, motorsport manager, Yokohama Tire Corporation
"We've done quite a bit of testing here because this is one of the most demanding circuits, with a lot of different aspects. We've definitely done some development since coming here last year and we have a good idea of what we need to do to be where we want to be in the race. Since it's a race that goes from day-time into night-time, it presents some challenges, but we feel we're up to them."
BMW Team PTG driver Hans Stuck launched his website at the Petit Le Mans. The site includes family notes, Stuck stories, race highlights and photos from his 32-year racing career. "I hope I can serve the fans, give them some fun and provide them with good stories so they'll want to click on my website," he said.
BMW finished first and second in the Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car race. Mike Fitzgerald of Phoenix was first in the #12 BMW 328Ci and his TC Kline Racing teammate, Neal Sapp of Elicott City, Md., was second in the #2 BMW Ci.