BMW Sweeps Sebring Poles with Classic BMW, BimmerWorld Racing

BMW Sweeps Sebring Poles with Classic BMW, BimmerWorld Racing
  • McAleer Snags Race 1 Pole in #11 BMW
  • Auberlen on Pole for Race 2 in #34 BMW
  • NOLASPORT to Start on Front Row in Race 1 and Race 2

Sebring, Fla. - The 29-car Pirelli GT4 America field qualified Saturday morning under blue skies at Sebring International Raceway, setting the grid for Saturday’s Race 1 and Sunday’s Race 2. After winning at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago, the #11 BMW M4 of Stevan McAleer and Toby Grahovec with Classic BMW will start on pole for Race 1, with McAleer’s time of 2:11.541. The team starts first in the Silver category, as well as overall. 
The car sharing the front row with McAleer is the #47 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR of Matt Travis and Jason Hart. Travis’s lap of 2:11.935 placed the #47 NOLASPORT Pro-Am car on the front row. In the Am class, the #16 Mercedes-AMG of Kris Wilson will start first in class and fifth overall with teammate John Allen, who will jump behind the wheel of the Capstone Motorsports entry during the mid-race driver change. 

For Race 2 qualifying, teams switched drivers and had fifteen minutes to set the grid for Sunday’s race. On pole will be the #34 BMW M4 of Bill Auberlen with teammate James Walker for BimmerWorld Racing, with a time of 2:10.884. Auberlen’s time was five tenths quicker than the #47 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR, this time with Jason Hart behind the wheel for NOLASPORT. The #47 Porsche will start on the front row in both races at Sebring.

The top eight cars in qualifying for Race 2 were all Pro-Am classed entries; the fastest Silver class car was the #35 Mercedes-AMG of Colin Mullan with a time of 2:11.892, placing his Conquest Racing West entry first in class and ninth overall. Teammate Michai Stevens will take over the car at the driver change. The #46 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CLUBSPORT MR of Russell Walker of NOLASPORT, with teammate David Walker, was fastest in the Am category, placing 18th overall with a time of 2:12.629.

Pirelli GT4 America’s first race at Sebring International Raceway is the next on-track appearance for the 29-car field. Race 1 will air live on SRO’s GT World YouTube channel at 11:00 AM ET, with Race 2 on Sunday, October 3rd at 10:30 AM ET.