Sears Point BMW Motorsport final qualifying

Munich/Sonoma. BMW works drivers JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jorg Muller (D) will start from the sixth position for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma. Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW V12 LMR on the 2.52-mile Sears Point Raceway road ...

Munich/Sonoma. BMW works drivers JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jorg Muller (D) will start from the sixth position for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma. Lehto qualified the No. 42 BMW V12 LMR on the 2.52-mile Sears Point Raceway road course in one minute, 23.186 seconds. Teammates Bill Auberlen (USA) and Jean- Marc Gounon (F) are eighth on the 29-car grid in the No. 43 BMW after Auberlen qualified in 1:24.084. BMW Team PTG driver Hans-J. Stuck (D) and his co-driver Boris Said (USA) will start second in the GT class qualified second in the GT class, after Said qualified in 1:35.744.

BMW Motorsport team manager Charly Lamm: "Today, we could not improve enough compared to yesterday and we still lack grip with both our BMWs. So we still have to analyze data from our cars and try to find a more suitable setup for the Sears Point track."

JJ Lehto #42: "It's a long race for everybody, especially if it's going to be 90 [degrees]. It's not only the bumps, but it's also the heat that can cause a lot of problems for the drivers physically. Last year, we did one stint and then we changed the driver, and I think it will be the same this year because of the physical toughness of the circuit. It's a long race, starting from the third row -- it's a new experience."

Jorg Muller #42: "I was not in the pits during the qualifying. I was out on the circuit to see the cars and we're sliding a lot. It just seems like we can't find grip. We're looking for it tonight! We'll just try to make no mistakes tomorrow, drive steady and we'll be back."

Bill Auberlen #43: "We have our work cut out for ourselves. I know when I get in the car, it's perfect. The motor's great and the crew does a phenomenal job. We've achieved balance with the car, but we haven't achieved massive amounts of grip, and we need to get that back. We are too good of a team to miss this problem."

Jean-Marc Gounon #43: "We hope that, as usual, we will be a lot better in the race. It means that we have to try to still have our performance and to hope that the others will lose their performance tomorrow."

Hans-J. Stuck, #7, GT class: "Part one of the weekend is done, to qualify closer than we have this year. Congratulations to Tom Milner and the team, who have done a great job in developing the car. Now part two is coming, the more important part. I think tomorrow not the fastest guy is winning, the smartest guy is winning, who takes care of the car and the tires. And he must also be very fit."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Boris Said , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Jean-Marc Gounon , Charly Lamm , JJ Lehto