Bill Auberlen

bill-auberlenThe combi­na­tion of BMW and Bill Auberlen is a recipe for success. Regard­less of which model the Amer­ican takes out onto the track, the driver and car work in perfect harmony. The expe­ri­enced Auberlen is a true all-rounder. As well as being bril­liant in the latest BMW models, such as the BMW M3 GT or the BMW Z4 GT3, he also has famil­iarity with historic cars like the BMW V12 LMR, McLaren BMW and the BMW M3 GTR.

Last year Auberlen contested his 250th race in a BMW and not only repre­sented BMW Team RLL in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series, but also lined up success­fully in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the Conti­nental Tire Sports Car Chal­lenge — with BMW, of course.

Auberlen claimed his first victory for the brand back in 1997 when he won the Drivers’ title in the IMSA GTS-3 with BMW Team PTG in a BMW M3. He raced for Tom Milner’s team until 2006, achieving success on numerous occa­sions. His perfor­mances at the endurance clas­sics in Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring were just as impres­sive as his results in the Speed World Chal­lenge, which he won in 2003 and 2004.

In 2004 he also set a record in the Grand-Am Series, winning six races in a row with the BMW M3 and going on to win the GT cham­pi­onship. In 1999 and 2000 the Amer­ican success­fully competed for BMW Motor­sport at the wheel of a BMW V12 LMR prototype.

Auberlen also has fond memo­ries of BMW Team RLL’s first victory in Road America with the BMW M3 GT2 in 2009. However, he is deter­mined this will not be the last triumph. This year, the Cali­fornian will once again use his wealth of expe­ri­ence to help his team to more titles. In 2011, Auberlen lines up along­side Dirk Werner, another driver with major successes to his name on the Amer­ican sports car scene.

AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL AUBERLEN:

Where do you feel most at home?
“Where I have warm weather, clear water and a nice boat.”

What do you find so capti­vating about motor­sport?
“The technology.”

What memo­ries do you have of your first race?
“I was with my dad and there was no better expe­ri­ence than to come to the 24 hours of Daytona with your father and to finish second.”

What is your best moment in motor­sport?
“It is inde­scrib­able because I appre­ciate every moment in motorsport.”

Did you ever doubt whether being a racing driver was the right profes­sion for you?
“There is no other profes­sion for me.”

What car do you drive outside of work?
BMW M6 Grand Coupe – the best car in the world.”

Your favourite book?
“‘The Hobbit’ – when I was a kid, I loved it, and I still watch the movies.”

Your favourite circuit?
“Sebring.”

Your favourite food?
“Mexican.”

Your favourite place?
“I like Cancun.”

Who is your biggest fan?
“Prob­ably my dad.”

What is your greatest strength?
“I am very tenacious.”

And your greatest weak­ness?
“I am not good with money.”

Your goal for the 2015 USCC season?
“To win that cham­pi­onship at all costs.”