In its first season of SCCA Pro Racing Speed GT Championship competition, BMW Team PTG captured two seconds: a second-place finish for BMW in the Speed GT Manufacturer's Championship and a second for Bill Auberlen in the Driver's...
In its first season of SCCA Pro Racing Speed GT Championship competition, BMW Team PTG captured two seconds: a second-place finish for BMW in the Speed GT Manufacturer's Championship and a second for Bill Auberlen in the Driver's Championship.
The 10-race Speed GT season brought BMW four pole positions, five fastest race laps and three race wins.
Behind Auberlen in second in the Driver's Championship were Hans Stuck in fourth, Boris Said sixth and Justin Marks seventh.
BMW Team PTG experienced a second disappointing weekend in a row and its second straight non-podium finish in the final and 10th round of the 2003 SCCA Pro Racing Speed GT Championship race at the Isla Grand Prix Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Hans Stuck scored the best BMW M3 finish of fourth, with Auberlen just behind him in fifth. Stuck's pass of Auberlen on lap 24 of the 36-lap race was the only pass within the top five in the entire race.
Justin Marks finished eighth and Boris Said dropped out of the race on lap 13 with a driveline failure.
Randy Pobst in an Audi won the race on the 1.6-mile, 10-turn circuit.
Today's race is scheduled for broadcast on Speed Channel on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
HANS STUCK, NO. 8 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (fourth):
"I did the most I could today. I want to thank my crew for doing such a wonderful job for me this season. I think James (Stevens, No. 8 car chief) and Stephen (Becka, crew member) take as good care of me as they do their own families."
BILL AUBERLEN, NO. 7 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (fifth):
"Disappointing, but you cannot win every race. BMW and Team PTG are wonderful to work with and my thanks to them for another season behind the wheel on an M3."
JUSTIN MARKS, NO. 80 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (eighth):
"I had a great season with BMW Team PTG and loved driving my M3. I had a tough time moving through some of the slower traffic and was forced off the track at one point. I have never worked harder to move back up. With my eighth-place finish I have moved to seventh in the points."
BORIS SAID, NO. 6 BMW TEAM PTG M3 (18th):
"It was a tough day as I picked up a vibration in the driveline early in the race. The rear wheels began to lock up around the 10th lap and soon I was out of the race. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season for me. My thanks to BMW and Team PTG."
HERNANDO CARVAJAL, M BRAND MANAGER, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC:
"It was a very disappointing end to what otherwise was a brilliant campaign by BMW Team PTG. My thanks to the entire team and drivers. Our congratulations to Randy and the Champion Team."