Silverstone: BMW qualifying report

BMW Team Schnitzer set for a fight back in Silverstone. Silverstone, 11th September 2010. Following promising results in free practice, qualifying for the finale of the 2010 Le Mans Series in Silverstone (GB) didn't go according to plan for BMW...

BMW Team Schnitzer set for a fight back in Silverstone.

Silverstone, 11th September 2010. Following promising results in free practice, qualifying for the finale of the 2010 Le Mans Series in Silverstone (GB) didn't go according to plan for BMW Team Schnitzer. Jorg Muller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE) will start Sunday's 1000-kilometre race, which also kicks off the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, from tenth on the LM GT2 grid.

Werner clocked a personal best time of 2:04.475 minutes at the wheel of the no. 78 BMW M3 GT2. The gap to Robert Bell (GB), who claimed pole position in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, was 1.135 seconds.

The 1000-kilometre race will get underway at 11:55hrs BST. In front of the BMW works drivers are 170 laps of the 5.891-kilometre "Silverstone Circuit".

Charly Lamm (Team Manager):
"We have looked really strong in the free practice sessions here. Unfortunately we didn't manage to perform at a similar level in the qualifying session. However, Sunday's race is a 1000-kilometre marathon, with grid positions not necessarily being the crucial factor. If we succeed in reproducing our performance from the weekend's previous sessions, we should be able to gain a lot of positions over the course of the race. Before that we will carefully analyse why we were just not quick enough in qualifying."

Dirk Werner (Car Number 78):
"Following our good performance, especially in this morning's free practice session, we had hoped for a better grid position. So far we have been doing really well here, so tenth doesn't really fit into this picture. We are a bit puzzled about this. The car didn't have the same handling as before, although we hadn't done any major changes to it before qualifying. Nevertheless I'm looking forward to the race. Despite the qualifying result not reflecting this, apparently we have reduced the gap to the front-runners in the LM GT2 class. It's our goal to prove this once more tomorrow."

-source: bmw

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Dirk Werner , Charly Lamm
Teams BMW Team Schnitzer