Nurburgring 24H: BMW qualifying report

Eighth and eleventh on the grid for Team BMW Motorsport. Nurburgring, 14th May 2010. Team BMW Motorsport finished eighth and 11th in the second qualifying session for the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring (DE). Shortly before the end of the...

Eighth and eleventh on the grid for Team BMW Motorsport.

Nurburgring, 14th May 2010. Team BMW Motorsport finished eighth and 11th in the second qualifying session for the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring (DE). Shortly before the end of the two-hour session, Uwe Alzen (DE) clocked a time of 8:32.861 minutes in the no. 25 BMW M3 GT2. This means the old hand and his driving colleagues Jorg Muller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Pedro Lamy (PT) will start the endurance classic from eighth on Saturday.

In car number 26, Dirk Adorf (DE) recorded a fastest lap of 8:36.840 minutes to finish in 11th. In the race, Adorf will alternate behind the wheel of the BMW M3 GT2 with Dirk Werner (DE), Jorg Muller (DE) and Andy Priaulx (GB). Pole position went to Mattias Ekstrom (SE), Oliver Jarvis (GB), Timo Scheider (DE) and Marco Werner (DE) in an Audi R8 LMS.

After difficult conditions on Thursday, the second qualifying session on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife remained dry. On his first lap, Adorf clipped the crash barrier with the rear of his car, resulting in a short stop for repairs. Apart from this, the session was problem-free for Team BMW Motorsport.

Charly Lamm (Team Manager): "After yesterday's weather dramas, it was important that our cars completed the session without any major incidents. I would have liked to start from a bit higher up the field, but tomorrow we should be able to launch an attack from eighth and 11th on the grid. At the start of the session it was still damp in some sections, then we were able to drive continuously on dry tyres. The drivers all did a good job, and we should be well prepared for the race."

Uwe Alzen (Car Number 25): "The car was good again today, and the balance was spot on. Starting from eighth we can aim for the leading group right from the beginning of the race. That is important at an endurance race. If you start any further back, you have to cope with slower cars and end up losing time in the early stages. There are a lot of cars here this year, so we want to establish ourselves at the front of the field straight away."

Dirk Adorf (Car Number 26): "That was a turbulent session for me. On my first lap I skidded on a patch of oil, and the collision with the crash barriers bent the tie rod. I stayed in the car once it had been repaired and was able to set a good lap time. I was able to improve again in my last spell shortly before the end of the session. A yellow flag phase on the Grand Prix circuit cost a bit of time, and you always have to deal with traffic on the Nordschleife. Tomorrow we will be going all out to move up through the field.

-source: bmw

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Series Endurance
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Pedro Lamy , Jorg Muller , Uwe Alzen , Timo Scheider , Mattias Ekström , Marco Werner , Augusto Farfus , Oliver Jarvis , Dirk Werner , Dirk Adorf , Charly Lamm