BMW Team RLL Takes GT Pole In Baltimore

Balti­more, Md. – September 2, 2011… BMW Team RLL driver Dirk Werner recorded the first pole of the season for the No. 55 M3 GT in this afternoon’s qual­i­fying session for the inau­gural Balti­more Grand Prix to extend the BMW Team RLL qual­i­fying streak to a total of six consec­u­tive poles for the season. His lap of 1:31.362 minutes around the 2.1-mile, 12-turn tempo­rary street circuit bested the 13-car GT field by a margin of .588 seconds. Werner and co-driver Bill Auberlen have finished on the podium in the last three races, including a second at the last round at Road America and stand third in GT driver points.

Team­mate Joey Hand qual­i­fied the No. 56 M3 GT in the fourth posi­tion with a 1:32.010 minute lap. Hand and co-driver Dirk Mϋller lead the GT driver point stand­ings with a total of four podium finishes that include three consec­u­tive victo­ries to start off the season.

BMW and BMW Team RLL lead the GT Manu­fac­turer and Team cham­pi­onship stand­ings respectively.

Video: Dirk Werner, driver No. 55 M3 GT (pole)

Video: Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT (fourth):

Video: A lap of Balti­more with Dirk Werner

The two-hour Balti­more Grand Prix is sched­uled to take the green flag at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The race will be broad­cast live on ESPN3.com and rebroad­cast on ABC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 3.