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BMW Team RLL Qualifies P3 and P5 at Road America; Sims – P3, Tomczyk – P5

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 5, 2017… BMW Motorsport drivers Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk qualified third and fifth respectively in today’s 15-minute qualifying session for tomorrow’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, the eighth round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. After yesterday’s practice was affected by rain, today’s sessions ran under beautiful Wisconsin skies. Unfortunately, rain is threatening to play a role in tomorrow’s race.

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BMW Team RLL Look to Continue Podium Finish Streak at Road America

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 1, 2017… With four races remaining in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis. begins BMW Team RLL’s final push for the GTLM class championship. After a difficult start to the season, the Bobby Rahal-led effort has fought back to score six podium finishes in the last four races, including two wins by Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM. While teammates John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk have yet to reach the top of the podium, the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM drivers have a second-place and two third-place results in the last four races.

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Edwards and Tomczyk Finish Third at Northeast Grand Prix; Fourth Consecutive Race with Podium Finish for BMW M6 GTLM.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 22, 2017… John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk raced the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM to a third place finish in today’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn. The result is the third podium finish in the last four races for the duo and the 66th in BMW Team RLL history. Teammates Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims finished sixth in the No. 25 after a tough race, but only lost five points in the driver standings to unofficially remain second. Edwards and Tomczyk remain in seventh. The race was won by the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies P4 and P8 for Northeast Grand Prix; Edwards – P4, Auberlen – P8.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 21, 2017… It was a bit of a good news-bad news situation for BMW Team RLL in today’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Northeast Grand Prix, at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn. The shortest track the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visits can magnify any performance issues and the compressed two-day schedule minimizes the available tuning time. At the end of the 15-minute session the entire GTLM field qualified within a scant 0.535 seconds with John Edwards, driving the No. 24 BMW M6 in fourth (50.68 seconds), and Bill Auberlen eighth in the No. 25 M6 (50.94 seconds). The pole went to the No. 912 Porsche with a 50.40 seconds lap.

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One Week – Two Races, Two Countries, Two Wins; BMW M6 GTLM Finishes First and Second at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park!

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 9, 2017… After reaching the top of the podium at Watkins Glen International last Sunday, Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims raced the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM to a second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM class victory today at the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Teammates John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk finished second in the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM for the first BMW Team RLL 1-2 finish since Long Beach 2013. The win was the 15th in team history since 2009.

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BMW Team RLL Posts Strong Qualifying Effort at CTMP; Bill Auberlen – P2, Martin Tomczyk – P4

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.

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BMW M6 GTLM Wins at Watkins Glen!; Auberlen and Sims Take Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Victory

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).

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BMW Team RLL Scores First and Second Row GTLM Class Starting Positions for Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen; Sims Second and Tomczyk Third

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.

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BMW Team RLL Carries Momentum of Double-Podium Finish at COTA to Watkins Glen and CTMP; BMW Brings Fireworks to Begin Second Half of 2017 IMSA Season

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.

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