News Tagged “Bill Auberlen”

Successful USCC debut: BMW Team RLL Comes Second and Fourth at the Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona (US), 26th January 2014. BMW Motor­sport and BMW Team RLL expe­ri­enced a successful start to the United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC), securing an impres­sive podium result in what was the start of a new era in Amer­ican motor racing. The number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM crossed the line second in the GTLM at the 24-hour race of Daytona (US), after completing a total of 679 laps of the iconic “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway” road course. Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE) strug­gled to match the pace of their direct oppo­si­tion on the long straights, due to the signif­i­cant top speed deficit of their BMW Z4 GTLM. However, BMW Team RLL made up for this thanks to a great strategy, consis­tent lap times and a largely flaw­less perfor­mance by the crew, securing its maiden USCC podium in the process. GTLM victory in the Amer­ican endurance classic was secured by Porsche’s Nick Tandy (GB), Richard Lietz (AT) and Patrick Pilet (FR). At the finish line, final stint drivers Hand and Pilet were sepa­rated by only 2.838 seconds.

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After Six Hours: Exciting Start to the Daytona 24 Hours; BMW Team RLL Running in Sixth and Seventh in GTLM

Daytona (US), 25th January 2014. The 24-hour race of Daytona (US) is on: The number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM, driven by Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US), Dirk Werner (DE) and Graham Rahal (US) is running sixth in the GTLM cate­gory after six hours. Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE) hold seventh place in the opener of the maiden United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC) season.   At 2:47 hours into the race the endurance classic had to be red-flagged for more than an hour following a serious acci­dent between Ferrari’s Matteo Malu­celli (IT) and Corvette driver Memo Gidley (US). At the wheel of his Daytona proto­type, Gidley hit Malucelli’s car, which was running slowly on the outside line, at high speed. Both drivers were trans­ported to the nearby Halifax Health Medical Center.   In the GTD cate­gory, BMW works driver Augusto Farfus (BR) is ranked 21st along with his fellow Turner Motor­sport drivers Paul Dalla Lana (CA), Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palt­tala (FI) in the BMW Z4 GTD. A colli­sion early in the race had cost the yellow number 94 car several places.   Mean­while, the drivers are racing in the dark at the “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway”. Martin is currently on duty at the wheel of the number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, while Werner is driving the number 56 car.

Voices: BMW Team RLL is Ready for the Rolex 24 at Daytona

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Jan. 23, 2014 … BMW Team RLL brings a power-packed driver lineup to the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona to pilot the two BMW Z4 GTLM racing machines.   Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Maxime Martin and Andy Priaulx will share the black No. 55 car. John Edwards, Dirk Müller, Graham Rahal and Dirk Werner will co-drive the white No. 56 machine. Among them Auberlen has two class wins (1997 GT3, 1998 GT3) and Müller one (1998 GT1) while Hand and Rahal co-drove to the 2011 overall victory in a BMW-powered Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley Daytona Proto­type. Team leader Bobby Rahal won the twice-around-the-clock classic as a driver in 1981.   The 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona starts at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25th with FOX Sports 1 covering the first two hours of the race live. A total of 15 hours of the race will be broad­cast on FOX Sports channels.

BMW Z4 GTE Debut Season Yields Second in GT Class Manufacturer, Team and Driver Championships

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 19, 2013 … BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in today’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans. The 16th annual1000-mile race, held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, concluded the debut season for the new BMW Z4 GTE with BMW finishing second in the GT class Manufacturer’s stand­ings and BMW Team RLL second in the Team stand­ings. Dirk Müller finished second in Driver points for the 2013 season.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies 5th and 9th for 16th Annual Petit Le Mans

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 18, 2013 …  Dirk Müller qual­i­fied the No. 56 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE fifth for tomorrow’s 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, the final race of the season and the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. His quick lap, 1:19.23 minutes, around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta track came on his fifth circuit of the 15-minute qual­i­fying session. Müller, who will be racing for the GT driver’s title this weekend, will share the No. 56 machine with Bill Auberlen and John Edwards.

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BMW Team RLL – Petit Le Mans Preview; Dirk Müller Races For the GT Driver Title and Michelin Green X Challenge Trophy

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 14, 2013 … BMW Team RLL will race for two impor­tant cham­pi­onships at the Amer­ican Le Mans Series season-ending and series-finale 16th annual Petit Le Mans. Dirk Müller will race for the driver’s cham­pi­onship in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE with John Edwards and Uwe Alzen this weekend. He enters the race second in the GT driver battle, 16 points behind the leaders. The trio will also be racing the No. 56 machine for the Michelin Green X Chal­lenge trophy, awarded by the tire manu­fac­turer to the most clean, fast and effi­cient car in the class. The No. 55 Z4 GTE will be shared by Bill Auberlen, Maxime Martin and Jörg Müller at Petit.

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Müller & Hand 4th at Oak Tree GP at VIR and Auberlen & Martin 5th; Chase for Driver’s Championship Continues

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 5, 2013 … BMW Team RLL finished fourth and fifth in today’s 2.75-hour Amer­ican Le Mans Series Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia Inter­na­tional Raceway. A spir­ited drive and great battle by Dirk Müller in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE during the final minutes of the race secured the fourth-place finish to keep the BMW Motor­sport driver second in driver cham­pi­onship point stand­ings, now 16 points behind the leaders. The No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE of Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin finished fifth.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes Third and Fourth at Circuit of the Americas; Müller Moves to Second in GT Driver Points

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 21, 2013 … BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in today’s inau­gural Amer­ican Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the Amer­icas. Both BMW Z4 GTE machines ran strongly for the majority of the race, only to fall victim to the top speed advan­tage of the Corvettes and Vipers in the closing stage of the 2.75-hour event.

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