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.
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.
Daytona (US), 26th January 2014. The 24-hour race of Daytona (US) enters the finishing straight: After three quarters of the United SportsCar Championship’s (USCC) season opener, BMW Team RLL and its BMW Z4 GTLM cars were able to consolidate its positions among the top-five of the GTLM field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 20, 2013 … Joey Hand, driving the No. 55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, topped the GT class in today’s qualifying session for Saturday’s inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the Americas. The session was held during a slight break in the rain that had been falling the entire day. The BMW Team RLL Z4 GTEs were both shod with Michelin wet-weather racing tires. Hand’s pole time (2:17.178 minutes) came on his second timed lap of the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit and is the third pole for the team this season (Lime Rock Park, Baltimore, COTA). Substituting for Maxime Martin this weekend, Hand will co-drive with long-time teammate Bill Auberlen.