Sears Point BMW qualifying

Munich/Sonoma. BMW Motorsport driver Dirk Müller (D) broke his own track record to qualify on the GT pole position for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Sears Point Raceway. Müller covered the 2.52-mile road course in one minute 33.763...

Munich/Sonoma. BMW Motorsport driver Dirk Müller (D) broke his own track record to qualify on the GT pole position for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Sears Point Raceway. Müller covered the 2.52-mile road course in one minute 33.763 seconds to take his third-consecutive GT pole position in the new No. 43 BMW M3 GTR. He also won the poles at the European Le Mans Series races in Donington, England, and Jarama, Spain. He will share driving duties with Fredrik Ekblom (S) in the two-hour 45-minute race. JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jörg Müller will start fourth in class, after Lehto qualified the No. 42 GTR in 1:34.448. BMW Team PTG drivers Bill Auberlen (USA) and Niclas Jönsson (S) will start second in class in the No. 10 BMW M3 GTR (1:33.910), and Hans-J. Stuck (D) and Boris Said (USA) will start third in the No. 6 GTR (1:34.149).

BMW Motorsport team manager Charly Lamm: "It is good to be back at the race track and competing again after a two-month break in our race schedule. It's also nice to be back in the United States and the ALMS for a very intense period of racing, starting with the race at Sears Point. We're happy for Dirk to score another pole with the 43 BMW. JJ didn't have an ideal qualifying, as he was fighting some oversteer. We'll have to address that tonight to give him a good race car for tomorrow."

JJ Lehto #42: "We can't get it dialed in. Normally, we have a lot of understeer and now we have a massive oversteer. We'll just have to get it right."

Jörg Müller #42: "At least we're in front of the Porsches. JJ had a bit of traffic and we still have some problems with our car -- we can't find the proper setup yet. It's going to be a late night to work on it."

Fredrik Ekblom #43: "Dirk did a fantastic job. I've never been to this track and it's quite difficult with all the hills and crests. Dirk won here last year, so I knew he would do a good job in qualifying."

Dirk Müller #43: "I'm really, really happy to be on pole for the third time in a row. I'm really happy to race with Fredrik again. Both of us are quick over here and the Schnitzer team did a fantastic job all weekend. They got better and better from practice to practice and finally in qualifying, we are on the pole. With the whole team effort we've had in the past, I'm quite confident for tomorrow."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dirk Müller , Boris Said , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Charly Lamm , JJ Lehto