Mosport a good fit

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

A pit-lane penalty kept Tommy Milner, Dirk Mueller and their No. 92 BMW M3 from a first-place finish in the GT2 class two weekends ago at the American Le Mans Series stop at Road America.

No worries, said Milner yesterday, who settled for second. The other half of the Rahal Letterman BMW team of Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen got the checkered flag giving BMW it's first 1-2 finish of the season.

But coming north to Mosport International for this weekend's Grand Prix of Mosport, Milner and Mueller have to believe they are owed one and to hear Milner tell it, everything appears to be lining up just right to make that happen.

"We spent the first half of the year developing the car and getting it faster," Milner said of M3's maiden voyage in the American Le Mans series. "Last week we were the quickest car in every session, on pole, won the race and went 1-2. We're coming off a great result.

"The car is fast. We know that and the track at Mosport suits our car with all those high-speed turns. We've got high hopes for sure."

Only 23, this will be Milner's fourth visit to Mosport, and on top of coming here with plenty of momentum, it also happens to be a circuit he likes.

"It's one of my favourites for sure," Milner said. "It's one of those real race tracks. All the F-1 tracks in Europe have been dumbed down a little bit but Mosport is one of those traditional, old-school tracks that rewards driver talent as opposed to how well your car is set up."

Coming into the weekend, Milner and Mueller sit third in the driver points race in the GT2 class, but even a sweep of the final three races in the series likely wouldn't be enough to get into first.

The duo of Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister in their Porsche 911 GT3 have lapped the class winning five consecutive races to all but assure themselves of a first-place finish in the driver's standings.

Milner remains optimistic.

"We are making our way up," he said. "We had a rough start. We didn't finish at Sebring in the car's first race which was kind of tough.

"Kind of started off on the wrong foot but now we're picking it up and hopefully we can get second in points. That's the goal."

Qualifying for the GT2 class as well as the P1 and P2 classes goes Saturday afternoon.

The actual race goes Sunday at 3 p.m.

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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