Sebring BMW Six Hour Report


PTG BMW M3s STILL RUNNING 1-2 AT HALFWAY POINT The #10 and #6 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3s continue to lead the GT-3 class at the midpoint of today's Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring endurance race. Bill Auberlen and Boris Said are sharing the #10 M3 four door and are currently in 13th position overall, having completed 149 laps around the historic 3.75-mile road course. Peter Cunningham, Ross Bentley and Mark Simo are sharing the #6 M3 two door and are 17th overall, having completed 146 laps. The #1 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four door customer car of Andy Petery, Craig Carter and Giovanna Amati began experiencing transmission problems during the sixth hour. They brought the car in to replace the input shaft and are currently trying to work out a vibration problem. The #1 M3 was being worked on in the pits at the 6-hour mark, having completed 129 laps and standing 11th in the GT-3 class, 31st overall. The #54 Massari & Bell BMW M3 is 35th overall and 13th in GT-3.

BILL AUBERLEN -- #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four door: "We're halfway there. Just finished our one and only (brake) pad change and we're ready to run hard the rest of the way. Actually, discipline is the name of the game at this point. We have such a good car that we can get carried away with such a quick pace that it wouldn't be productive at the moment. (Team owner) Tom (Milner) is giving me plenty of pointers on the radio, that's for sure."

BORIS SAID -- #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four door: "So far, so good. This is a race for the team, and the team is doing a tremendous job. We're running really hard, and we plan to continue running hard and see where the chips fall. I felt really good (driving a double-shift). Three hours in the car and I can't wait to get back in there again."

CRAIG CARTER A LATE ADDITION TO #1 BMW M3 CUSTOMER CAR ENTRY With driver Les Delano home ill, the #1 BMW M3 customer car team called upon veteran road racer Craig Carter as a late replacement. Carter, a charter pilot from Fort Wayne, Ind., was the 1984-85 IMSA Kelly American Challenge series champion and has raced at Sebring numerous times, including stints in GTO-class and GTS-1 class Ford Mustangs, finishing second here in 1986.

BMWs MAKE MARK IN RAINY SPEEDVISION CUP RACE The Massari & Bell Racing/Diamond Rotor BMW M3 finished second in Friday's rain-hampered Speedvision Cup four-hour race at Sebring. Andy Pilgrim and Terry Borcheller piloted the #54 M3, a Grand Sports class competitor that lost its lead on the last lap to the #70 Speed Source Racing Mazda RX-7 Turbo. Meanwhile, Eric Tresslar and Michael Culver drove the IMTEX TAG-TMS/First Equity BMW 328is to victory in the Sports class. The race was red-flagged twice in the first hour due to heavy rains.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , Peter Cunningham , Michael Culver , Ross Bentley , Les Delano