Exciting day for the BMW Motorsport fans, the M3 GT2 cars from BMW Rahal Letterman Racing team have scored the first two grid position after the ALMS Qualifying sessions. The 20 minutes qualifying session ended with Joey Hand, driving the car No. 90, delivering the team’s first pole. The clock stopped at 2:06.950 minutes after the 4.084 mile circuit lap at Road America.
His teammate Dirk Mueller came second landing .123 seconds behind Hand with a lap of 2:07.073 minutes.If the two drivers will remain to be as competitive as today, the ALMS race tomorrow will be quite exciting.
Martin Birkmann, BMW of North America Motorsport Manager: “Great grid positions are important, and we have seen that especially in the last two races. Today we put the pace together and achieved a sensational qualifying result. Both drivers and pit crews did a phenomenal job. I think it’s fantastic for the #90 car to be on pole because racing fortune has not smiled on them so far. Dirk did a great job, too. But the race is tomorrow. We know how closely matched we are.
Joey Hand, driver No 90 M3: “I am extra excited about this weekend. The BMW M3 is fast here and we are not going to let this one get away. Everyone on this team has worked and worked and worked. I am proud to give the program its first pole. The next thing I want to do is win!”
The race starts on Sunday at 2:05 PM CT and we will be there to report live. In the mean time, enjoy some photos taken today at the track by yours truly.
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