BMW Team RLL Scores Pair of Top-Five Finishes in Baltimore

Balti­more, Md. – Sept. 3, 2011… The No. 56 BMW Team RLL M3 GT of Joey Hand and Dirk Mϋller finished second at the inau­gural Amer­ican Le Mans Series Balti­more Grand Prix to extend the team’s lead in Manu­fac­turer, Driver and Team GT class cham­pi­onships. Starting from the third posi­tion, the duo completed 70 laps in the two-hour race at the 2.1-mile, 12-turn tempo­rary circuit running though the streets of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The race ended in heart­break for the pole­sit­ting No. 55 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner after an overzealous passing attempt by a competitor spun Auberlen from the lead 22 minutes into the second hour of the contest. Up to that point the car had never been further back than second with Werner leading the first 18 laps of the race. A well-timed pit stop just before the race’s first caution period put Auberlen in the perfect posi­tion for their first win of the season, but it was not to be. The BMW ace battled back from eighth, ulti­mately finishing fifth, to remain third in the driver point standings.

“Obvi­ously we are happy with a second place finish for the No. 56 M3 GT, but the Corvettes certainly did not help our day,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “I am sorry that Dirk and Bill got punted from what would have been a great finish. Overall we have been consis­tently on the podium and that means good things for the Driver, Team and Manu­fac­turer Cham­pi­onships! Onward to Laguna Seca Raceway.”

Round Eight of the Amer­ican Le Mans Series will be held on September 17 at Laguna Seca Raceway.

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Joey Hand and Dirk Mϋller – second place