Watkins Glen II: Sigalsport BMW race report

AUBERLEN AND ALHADEFF SO CLOSE TO A TOP FIVE FINISH AT THE GLEN! Los Angeles, Ca. August 11, 2007 - Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff finished sixth in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International Raceway yesterday. This is the third ...

AUBERLEN AND ALHADEFF SO CLOSE TO A TOP FIVE FINISH AT THE GLEN!

Los Angeles, Ca. August 11, 2007 - Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff finished sixth in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International Raceway yesterday. This is the third consecutive top ten finish for Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW following a 10th place finish at Barber, 9th place finish last week in Montreal and now another good performance very close to a top five result.

The Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW team is still in its first season and just recorded their best finish of the season since their first ever win at the Grand Prix of Miami last March. Alhadeff took the start and ran an impressive first stint knowing that he was running in the pack with some of the best endurance drivers in the world. Bill took over after 45 minutes of racing and also did a great job. The 05 Luggage Express Dinan BMW Riley machine had a great setup and the BMW engine tuned by Dinan engineering ran very well at Watkins Glen.

In the last 20 laps of the race Bill Auberlen was running five tenths faster a lap than the 58 Brumos Porsche Riley racing ahead of him and was aiming for a top five finish. The 05 Luggage Express co-driven by Alhadeff and Auberlen definitely had what it takes to finish in the top five but the Crown Royal 200 was only a two-hour race and Auberlen lacked time to achieve his goal.

The Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW has had a learning season so far but is still on target to meet its season's top ten goal in the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series season team point standings for its first ever Daytona Prototype season. The level of competition in the series is very high and the team is prepared to do what it takes to finish strong.

There are still two races to go in the 2007 Rolex Series schedule, Sonoma, California at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, August 25 and the Sunchaser 1000 KM (7 ½ hour race) at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah on September 15.

Despite a very busy summer since early July that included 5 races in 40 days, the team is going testing next week at Miller Motorsports Park, Utah to make sure they keep an edge on the competition. Alhadeff and Auberlen will test on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for the next two races but especially for the last season rendez-vous. This two-day test will provide seat time to Matt Alhadeff to strengthen his driving skills and will give an opportunity to Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW and Dinan BMW engineers to try new development parts and define the most competitive setup for the September race.

Following the Utah test and after two and an half months spent at their east coast Indianapolis base, the team will return to its California base and for the first time will move into their new 30,000 Sq. ft. state-of-the-art racing facility located only two minutes from LAX airport. The new shop is not completely ready but the team management decided to move in early to provide more space and a better working environment to the crew to work on the car. The shop is expected to be completed this fall.

-credit: sigalsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen