In a recently completed interview Dr. Mario Theissen, head of BMW Motorsport, candidly states that the two ///M3s BMW has in the 24 hours of Le Mans have little to no chance of bringing home a victory. The pair of BMWs finished behind the class leading Risi Competizione Ferrari by more than 5 seconds, and were significantly behind the pace of the other in class cars as well.
The reason for the poor odds of winning and slow lap times comes down to the necessary changes the cars required to meet the stringent ACO regulations. Theissen says that they have worked feverishly to redesign and modify the rear suspension as required but just have not had adequate time to complete testing and tuning. The cars are also using smaller air restrictors to choke some of the normal V8s output.
The team has continued to make tweaks since qualifying and expects better results in the form of quicker race laps, but at this time feels that a win is not realistic. Can it really be true that completing the race in its entirety would be the goal of such a great team? Or is this all a ploy to keep the competition off balance?We ‘re also not so sure that the lack of time to test is a valid excuse since we have known about BMWs entry since late January, thats about 6 months worth of time if our math is correct.