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      03-19-2009, 04:17 PM   #1
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M3 qualifies 7th for the 12 hours of Sebring..

first off congrats to my buddy Dirk Werner for grabbing GT2 pole.....


we will see how the M does.... This is always a good start for a new car because whatever will break on the car... WILL break.. so it shows its flaws sooner... obviously you wont finish well in the race tho....


i didn't see where the 92 car qualy'd



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      03-19-2009, 04:19 PM   #2
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Nice!

Love the pics - thanks for sharing!
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Awsome pics. Wallpaper time! Thanks.
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      03-19-2009, 04:25 PM   #4
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SPEED will cover practice tonight from 7 to 9 i think....
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Very nice.
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Does anyone know how they've configured the intakes on the ALMS car?
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Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing!
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awesome! cant wait to see it
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Awesome pics, thanks! I'll be driving down to Road Atlanta in Sept to see this beast race...can't wait.
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Great pictures, thanks for that.

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Am I the only one who finds the R15 Audi a bit odd looking.
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      03-19-2009, 05:07 PM   #12
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Great pictures, thanks for that.

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Am I the only one who finds the R15 Audi a bit odd looking.
Looks like a very fast diesel.
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      03-19-2009, 05:12 PM   #13
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Found these results posted at
http://www.americanlemans.com/index_news.php?n=12579

I'm not sure how to read this because some faster times are ranked below slower ones (e.g. Mueller/Milner's time is faster than the 17th and 18th ranked cars), but it looks like one car qualified 6th for the GT2 class, while the other car qualified 8th.
In any case, seems like a pretty good showing for the team's first race qualifying!

14. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Dirk Werner, Germany; Richard Lietz, Austria; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:03.051, 108.248
15. Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Marc Lieb, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:03.433, 107.913
16. Luis Companc, Argentina; Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Mathias Russo, Argentina; Ferrari 430 GT (GT2), 2:03.487, 107.866
17. Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:03.829, 107.568
18. Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; David Murry, Cumming, GA; Doran Ford GT MK 7 (GT2), 2:04.333, 107.132
19. Dirk Mueller, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 2:03.514,
20. Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Ian James, England; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (GT2), 2:04.437, 107.042
21. Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 2:04.566, 106.931
22. Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Ritchie Holt, Davie, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 2:05.619, 106.035
23. Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Robert Bell, UK; Aston Martin Vantage GT2 (GT2), 2:05.692, 105.973
24. Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Hans Stuck, Germany; Hans Joachim Stuck, Austria; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:05.805, 105.878
25. Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Eric Curran, Easthampton, MA; Lucas Molo, Brazil; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (GT2), 2:06.678, 105.148
26. Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Nic Jonsson, Sweden; Eric van de Poele, Belgium; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:08.386, 103.750
27. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:10.912, 101.748
28. Richard Westbrook, England; Marc Basseng, Germany; Lance David, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), No Time
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      03-19-2009, 05:14 PM   #14
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I'm with footie - the R10 was a much prettier car. That being said, I'm curious to see how the R15 runs. Just as a PSA - Truth in 24 (truthin24.com) airs tonight on ESPN before Sebring starts. It covers Audi's '08 Le Mans effort, and is a great watch (just finished watching it in fact). Set your Tivos!
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      03-19-2009, 05:20 PM   #15
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Ouch, they are 1.5 seconds off the pole. Geez.

Yeah, Sebring beats the holly hell out of cars. It will be interesting to see who can hold up.

Side note: Being as they have car 90 and 92, they should made the 90 car an E90, and keep the 92 car as an E92. That would be pimp.
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      03-19-2009, 05:50 PM   #16
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      03-19-2009, 07:29 PM   #18
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Does anyone know how they've configured the intakes on the ALMS car?
a little different


looks like two plenums straight out of the kidneys. Not the big squarish ones there are two smaller tubes below those going to the motor

The setup is much different than any street car the motor is pushed way back and if its anything like the 6cyl e46 GTR the radiator and other things use the ducting you see in there to cool down


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a little different

looks like two plenums straight out of the kidneys. Not the big squarish ones there are two smaller tubes below those going to the motor

The setup is much different than any street car the motor is pushed way back and if its anything like the 6cyl e46 GTR the radiator and other things use the ducting you see in there to cool down
Wow, great pic. Thanks!

This sure is different. They are facilitating the air flow for the radiator through those large ducts.

Like you say, it seems like the two lines going to the intake plenum are it for the intake, which means they have eliminated the stock intake element in the bumper. I bet the two small openings down low to the sides in the ALMS bumper are for brake cooling then.

And, I can't see any evidence of a third intake path such as the one on the stock hood. The function of that opening has been an item of discussion, and I've been meaning to take some airflow measurements there for the longest time...

Do you know why they altered the initial ALMS splitter design? That had different aero elements on the sides to generate downforce. Are there any rules about how much downforce ALMS cars can generate? Did they have to reduce the downforce the original bumper would yield?

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beat the vette!!!


The Corvette hands down dominates the ALMS GT1 class and 2009 is the first year they are running in the GT2 class. As much as I have tons of hope for the M3, I'm freakin out about the vette dominating GT2 as well.


Go, M3, Go!
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Like you say, it seems like the two lines going to the intake plenum are it for the intake, which means they have eliminated the stock intake element in the bumper. I bet the two small openings down low to the sides in the ALMS bumper are for brake cooling then.

And, I can't see any evidence of a third intake path such as the one on the stock hood. The function of that opening has been an item of discussion, and I've been meaning to take some airflow measurements there for the longest time...
The number of intake air restrictors and diameters are specified below. M3 has a 4000 cc displacement and 1150 kg weight (i think), so it would have 2 restrictors of 31.1 mm in diameter.

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