Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 9, 2011… Joey Hand and Dirk Müller lengthened BMW’s lead in the American Le Mans Series GT class manufacturer, team and driver championship with their third consecutive win this season in today’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. The No. 56 BMW Team RLL M3 GT started from the pole and led every lap in the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race at BMW of North America’s home track. The duo completed 176 laps of the 1.474-mile circuit in the run to the checkered flag, finishing 20.387 seconds ahead of the second place Porsche.
The No. 55 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner became a victim of circumstance as Werner was hit by a competitor on lap 23, only 20 minutes into his opening stint. The duo soldiered on after extensive repairs, ultimately finishing eighth, 13 laps down to their teammates.
Bobby Rahal, Team principal, added, “It’s another great day for BMW and Rahal Letterman Lanigan. It’s too bad the 55 car got in the middle of that scrum. I have no doubt that they would have been right there and I’m just really pleased that we had a relatively trouble free weekend. Dunlop did a super job for us again. It’s three in a row, wow, that doesn’t happen very often in racing, so I’m really thrilled for Dirk and for Joey and this helps them out even more in the drivers’ championship. BMW has given us the great equipment and our guys have done a great job and the results show.”
BMW Team RLL returns to action on July 24 at Mosport International Raceway for Round 4 of the American Le Mans Series.