Watkins Glen: BMW Team PTG Saturday report

BMW Team PTG M3s Will Start 3rd, 4th and 9th in Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen In a qualifying session shorted to only seven minutes, BMW Team PTG drivers Bill Auberlen, Tom Milner and Ian James qualified 3rd, 4th and 9th respectively for ...

BMW Team PTG M3s Will Start 3rd, 4th and 9th in Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

In a qualifying session shorted to only seven minutes, BMW Team PTG drivers Bill Auberlen, Tom Milner and Ian James qualified 3rd, 4th and 9th respectively for tomorrow's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. A competitor's crash at the halfway point of the 15-minute session brought out the black flag, only allowing the three PTG drivers only two laps before ending the session. Auberlen was only credited with one timed lap (1:57:798), but that was good enough for the third starting position. Milner will start the No. 16 BMW Team PTG F1 Air M3 fourth (1:58.039) and James will start the No. 22 BMW Team PTG M3 ninth (1:58.748).

BMW Team PTG is bringing a three-race winning streak to Watkins Glen. The first win came at the Grand American 400 at California Speedway on April 3. Next, the BMW Team PTG M3s swept the GT podium at the May 1 Road and Track 250 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. The third win came at the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant on May 22.

Last season, Boris Said and Bill Auberlen took the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen win. The victory marked the first win at the storied Watkins Glen International road course for BMW Team PTG. BMW Team PTG has won three Rolex Series 6-Hour races in a row, beginning with the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant last season.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET tomorrow and will be televised in two parts on Speed Channel, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Background: 2005 marks the tenth season of competition for BMW M3s of BMW Team PTG and 30th anniversary of BMW of North America's motorsport programs. In ten seasons, BMW Team PTG has won a total of 49 races in both sprint and endurance racing series and 14 sports car racing championships. In 2004, BMW Team PTG swept the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class Manufacturer, Driver and Team Points championships, winning 10 of 12 races.

BILL AUBERLEN, DRIVER NO. 21 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (third):

"Although I only got two laps, with only the first counting, I am not totally displeased. We put new tires on for that session and I was expecting a much bigger boost in performance. We did not get it and that is not such a bad thing for the race. It means the M3 is set-up to be fast on new or old tires and will be consistent through every driver's stint.

TOM MILNER, DRIVER NO. 16 BMW TEAM PTG F1 AIR M3 (fourth):

"We had just made changes to the car and put on new tires, so, although the M3 is usually it's quickest on the first lap, I needed two. My second lap was good, but, unfortunately, the black flag ended any hope of going faster."

IAN JAMES, DRIVER NO. 22 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (ninth):

"I took one lap to bed in a new set of brake pads and when I came around for my second flyer the black flag was out. That session was really a non-event for me and it is disappointing to be starting 10th. Six hours is a long race so we have plenty on time to move up."

-bmw.usa-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Ian James