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.