Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 8, 2017… For a third consecutive race weekend BMW Team RLL qualified both BMW M6 GTLM racing cars in the first two rows of the uber-competitive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM class. Bill Auberlen, qualified the No. 25 M6 outside of the front row for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. His 1:14.103 minute lap was only .018 seconds behind the pole winning No. 911 Porsche. Auberlen and co-driver Alexander Sims will be racing for a second consecutive victory tomorrow. Martin Tomczyk qualified the No. 24 M6 in the fourth spot with a 1:14.294 minute lap. He will co-drive with John Edwards tomorrow as the duo looks to improve on a season’s-best third place finish. The entire GTLM field was separated by only .819 seconds.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 2, 2017… Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims raced the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM to victory today at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The win was the 14th for the BMW Team RLL program since 2009 and the first for the BMW M6 GTLM platform. The duo completed 186 laps of the classic Watkins Glen International circuit during the six-hour contest, finishing 3.156 seconds ahead of the No. 67 Ford GT. BMW Motorsport driver Sims celebrated his first sports car win in North America while Auberlen added another record to his illustrious career. With the M6 victory today, Auberlen has co-driven three BMW Team RLL racing cars to their first win (BMW M3 GT, Joey Hand – Road America 2009; BMW Z4 GTLM, Maxime Martin – Long Beach 2013 and BMW M6 GTLM, Alexander Sims- Watkins Glen – 2016).
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 1, 2017… BMW Team RLL continued the excellent performance shown in the last round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship by qualifying second and third for tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. BMW Motorsport drivers Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk made the best of their first race weekend at the classic 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International to qualify in the first and second rows of the very competitive GTLM class. Sims drove the No. 25 M6 he shares with Bill Auberlen to his season’s-best second place qualifying effort with a lap time of 1:42.813 minutes. Just .068 seconds behind, Martin Tomczyk qualified the No. 24 M6 in the third spot with a 1:42.881 minute lap. He will co-drive with John Edwards, the Round Four pole winner at the Circuit of the Americas. The class pole went to Joey Hand in the No. 66 Ford GT with a 1:42.507 minute lap. The entire GTLM class was separated by only .736 seconds.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 27, 2017… Two of North America’s most challenging race tracks will face BMW Team RLL on back-to-back weekends as the second half of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Championship begins. With both events providing bookends to the July 4th holiday – the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, on July 2nd, at Watkins Glen International and the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, on July 9th, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – BMW Team RLL has liveried both BMW M6 GTLM racing cars in a special holiday fireworks theme.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 6, 2017… A double-podium finish for BMW Team RLL in today’s IMSA Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, was a well-deserved reward for every team member who had worked so hard to regain the competitiveness of the BMW M6 GTLM this season.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 5, 2017… BMW Team RLL returned to the sharp end of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field in today’s 15-minute qualifying session for Saturday’s Advance Auto SportsCar Showdown as John Edwards scored the first pole position of the season for BMW. Edwards, driving the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM he shares with Martin Tomczyk, lapped the 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, with a 2:02.833 minute lap to top the very close GTLM grid and record a new qualifying record. The entire field was separated by less than one second, with only two-tenths of a second between the first six cars. The pole was the 23rd of the BMW Team RLL program and the third for Edwards as a BMW Team RLL driver (Lime Rock Park, 2013; Road America, 2014).
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 2, 2017… A change in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule will see BMW Team RLL race at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas on May 6 instead of the series’ usual September date. The two-hour-and-forty-minute Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown will see the team racing with renewed momentum after a strong effort at Long Beach where both BMW M6 GTLM cars showed increased competitiveness and season’s-best fourth and seventh place finishes.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 8, 2017… BMW Team RLL finished a season’s-best fourth and seventh in today’s BUBBA burger SportsCar Grand Prix of Long Beach, but it was not the result the team had worked so hard for.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 7, 2017… BMW Team RLL scored its best qualifying effort of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship today in preparation for tomorrow’s BUBBA burger® Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 3, 2017… The Long Beach, California street circuit has been the site of many BMW Team RLL successes since the team’s first season racing for BMW in 2009. The team has finished the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, for a second consecutive year sponsored by BUBBA® burger, with at least one BMW on the podium every year except last season. The Bobby Rahal-led team has won the street race three times; once with the BMW M3 GT in 2011 and twice with the BMW Z4 GTLM, in 2013 and 2015. Last year, Bill Auberlen qualified the new M6 GTLM racer on the class pole position, but finished a disappointing fifth after multiple contact with competitors ended another podium opportunity.