News Tagged “Joey Hand”

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Highs and Lows: A Review of BMW Team RLL’s Maiden USCC Season

Road Atlanta (US), 4th October 2014. A new era was ushered into America for the 2014 sports car racing season, as the Amer­ican Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Series had been amal­ga­mated into the United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC) – and BMW Motor­sport and BMW of North America were ready for this new chal­lenge with the BMW Z4 GTLM.

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Bad Luck for BMW Team RLL in GTLM Class at Gripping Season Finale

Road Atlanta (US), 4th October 2014. The inau­gural season of the United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC) came to a close with a turbu­lent Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (US) on Saturday. BMW Team RLL’s Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US) and Dirk Werner (DE) came seventh in the GTLM class with their number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM after 388 laps. The 11th round of the year was won by Porsche drivers Wolf Henzler (DE), Bryan Sellers (US) and Marco Holzer (DE).

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BMW Team RLL Petit Le Mans Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2014 …  BMW Team RLL will end the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship season at this Saturday’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia. In a depar­ture from the previous year’s events, this year’s race will be run as a 10-hour race – not 1000 miles. BMW Team RLL will be racing to finish in a top-three posi­tion in the GTLM class Manu­fac­turer cham­pi­onship as well as ending the season with all regular season drivers with a top-five place in Driver points.

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BMW Team RLL– Twelve Hours of Sebring Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 12, 2014 … After five years of begin­ning its season at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, BMW Team RLL arrives ready for the 62nd annual event with some­thing it has never had before – momentum from a prior race. The new TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship that has merged the GRAND-AM and ALMS series began with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth — the only team in the GTLM class to finish both team cars in the top-five.

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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 12 Hours:BMW Team RLL Maintains Promising Position in Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona (US), 26th January 2014. BMW Team RLL completed the first half of the 24-hour race of Daytona (US) and are hopeful for a successful outcome to the maiden United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship (USCC) event. At half time in the race, Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE) are third in the GTLM class with their number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM. Car number 56, driven by Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US), Dirk Werner (DE) and Graham Rahal (US), holds sixth after a longer pit stop shortly before the 12-hour mark.

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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.

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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