BMW Team RLL Qualifies 1 – 2 At Mid-Ohio

Lexington, Ohio – August, 5, 2011… BMW Team RLL will start 1 – 2 in tomorrow’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio Sports Car Chal­lenge following the team’s third consec­u­tive GT class front row qual­i­fying effort.

Joey Hand drove the No. 56 BMW M3 GT to his third pole of the year (four total: Hand: Long Beach, Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio. Mϋller: Mosport) with a lap of 1:20.539 minutes around the 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course.

Only 0.116 seconds slower, Dirk Werner qual­i­fied the No. 55 M3 GT with a 1:20.655 minute lap to sew up the third 1 – 2 BMW Team RLL start. The duo of Werner and Auberlen has qual­i­fied second to team­mates Hand and Mϋller in the last three races.

Hand along with co-drivers Dirk Müller and Andy Priaulx, won the opening round of the 2011 ALMS season, leading a 1 – 2 BMW Team RLL GT class finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Hand and Mϋller scored a second and third consec­u­tive victory at Long Beach and Lime Rock Park. The duo finished fourth at Mosport to extend their lead in the driver point standings.

Auberlen and Werner stand third in GT driver points with two podium finishes this season (Sebring – second, Mosport – third).

The two-hour-and-forty-five-minute Mid-Ohio Sports Car Chal­lenge is sched­uled to take the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The race will be broad­cast live on and rebroad­cast on ESPN2 from 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 7.