BMW M3 for Three – BMW Team RLL Wins at Lime Rock Park

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.


Joey Hand and Dirk Mϋller discuss their victory