News Tagged “Maxime Martin”

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 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.

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.

The No. 55 Z4 GTE was qual­i­fied ninth by Jörg Müller with a 1:19.95 minute lap. He will share the car with Maxime Martin and Uwe Alzen.

Tomorrow’s Petit Le Mans marks the final race of the successful debut season for the BMW Z4 GTE.  Both cars reached the top of the podium, the No. 55 machine winning at Long Beach and the No. 56 car at Lime Rock Park. The team has also scored four addi­tional podiums, four pole posi­tions, and eight top-5 finishes.

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (5th) – “It was a solid effort. I’m feeling extremely comfort­able in the car. I had three good laps, all 100% with no mistakes. Our focus is the race and I know we are ready.”

Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (9th) – “I’m very disap­pointed with my qual­i­fying. I had a very comfort­able gap, but when I caught up to one competitor he blocked me and I lost time. The same thing happened a second time and I was no longer in the sweet spot of the Miche­lins. The lap time shown on the scoring sheet is defi­nitely less than the car is capable of.”

Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. Live streaming of the race can be found on ESPN3.com at 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Oct. 19th. The race is sched­uled to be broad­cast on Fox Sports 1 and 2 tele­vi­sion per the following schedule; 11:00am — 12pm EDT on FOX Sports 2, 2:30pm — 6:30pm EDT on FOX Sports 2, 6:30pm — 8pm EDT on  FOX Sports 1, and 8pm — 9:00pm EDT FOX Sports 2. ALMS.com will stream in-car footage throughout the race and the full live feed for inter­na­tional views. More infor­ma­tion on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.alms.com.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distrib­uting vehi­cles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and finan­cial service orga­ni­za­tions for the BMW brand of motor vehi­cles, including motor­cy­cles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Design­work­sUSA, a strategic design consul­tancy in Cali­fornia; a tech­nology office in Silicon Valley and various other oper­a­tions throughout the country.  BMW Manu­fac­turing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manu­fac­turing network and is the exclu­sive manu­fac­turing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehi­cles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales head­quar­ters for North America, is located in Wood­cliff Lake, New Jersey.

Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group prod­ucts is avail­able to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

 

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for over two decades, compiling 28 victo­ries, 42 poles and three series cham­pi­onships (1992, 2010, 2011) as well as claiming an Indi­anapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. In 2010 the team won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory. In 2011 the team swept all three GT titles — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver.

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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 Qualifies 1st and 3rd for Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR; Maxime Martin scores first ALMS pole position and Dirk Müller P3

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 4, 2013 …  Maxime Martin made quick work of the classic VIRginia Inter­na­tional Raceway by qual­i­fying the No. 55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE on the GT class pole for Saturday’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Oak Tree Grand Prix. This was the young Belgian’s very first visit to the 3.47-mile, 17-turn circuit in Alton, Virginia. He stopped the watches with a 1:45.978 minute lap on his fourth circuit of the 15-minute qual­i­fying session to set a new GT class qual­i­fying record and score his first ALMS pole.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 3rd and 4th at Baltimore

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 31, 2013 … BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in today’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Balti­more that will go into the record books as the shortest race in ALMS history due to a crash on the first lap that cost the event half of its duration.

The check­ered flag flew only one-hour-and-fourteen-minutes after the green flag waved with Dirk Müller and Joey Hand finishing third in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE and the No. 55 machine of Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin coming home fourth.

The crash occurred just after the green flag waved, blocking the circuit and involving eight cars. Pole­sitter Bill Auberlen, in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, just skirted by and Joey Hand, starting the No. 56 Z4 GTE from the 11th posi­tion, was able to stop the car untouched. The restart began with two laps behind the pace car and the always quick thinking Bobby Rahal called Hand into the pits imme­di­ately – sacri­ficing the Californian’s minimum drive time and points – to get Müller in the No. 56 right away. Hand may have set a record for the shortest drive in ALMS history, but the move put Müller in the lead and gave him the best chance to stay in the race for the driver’s title. Unfor­tu­nately, following the race’s last restart Müller was slowed by a proto­type car that missed the line through the chicane and was passed by both Corvettes.

Bill Auberlen had a wild start in the No. 55 Z4 GTE and had a second near miss laps later, but kept the car clean before handing off to Martin after five laps. The Belgian raced as high as second before losing the rear bumper of the car and bringing out a yellow flag. He slipped to fourth in the closing stages of the race.

Unof­fi­cially, BMW still stands second in the GT class Manufacturer’s cham­pi­onship and Müller now is fifth is the driver’s title chase, behind both pairs of Corvette drivers, but all are only sepa­rated by a scant eight points.

It seemed like amateur night,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “I’m very frus­trated. We had a perfect plan and were leading the race. On the last restart a proto­type car totally cocked up the chicane and Dirk nearly hit it. He was held up enough for the Corvettes to get by and that was that.”

We knew this weekend would be rough and tough,” said Gordon McDon­nell, BMWNA Motor­sport Manager. “We thought the Z4 GTE would be extremely well-suited to this course and we saw that in qual­i­fying. The race seemed to have a mind of its own and we were along for the ride. I’m really proud of the guys for keeping their heads down. They fought really hard and 3rd and 4th is a great result to leave this race with.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (3rd) – “We’ll take a third-place but we’re not as excited as we would have been. Dirk did a good job but got unlucky during that restart with the traffic. But that’s what endurance racing is all about. I love racing and came here to race, but today I had to be a team player and get out of the car early. It was just a unique race, to say the least.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (3rd) –  “What a race. What a strategy! We pitted early went from dead last, after yesterday’s penalty, all the way up to the front. I had the pace, and the car was strong. On the last restart I was fully prepared but every­body ahead checked up and I had to apply emer­gency braking into the chicane. Basi­cally the two Corvettes just took advan­tage of it. Once behind them I was quicker, and was able to close the gap some­what, but P3 is more than I was hoping for overnight. I’m really happy. There is still a ways to go in the cham­pi­onship; we are getting stronger and stronger. This result was a team effort.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (4th) – “The team was poised for a 1 – 2 finish today, but it seemed most of the field came to crash instead of race. I’ve already had a double victory at the Circuit of the Amer­icas this season in the GRAND-AM series driving BMWs so I’ll put today behind us and focus forward to Round Eight.”

Maxime Martin, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (4th) – “This certainly was a strange race; very short with no pit stops. We started quite okay but in a little crash I lost two places and the rear bumper, so in the end we weren’t quick enough to stay with the front pack. We are scoring points, but we could have had a much better day.”

Round Eight of the 2013 ALMS season will be held at the Circuit of the Amer­icas, in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 21st. The 2.45-hour race will be broad­cast Sunday, Sept. 22nd on ESPN2 tele­vi­sion at 1:00 p.m. ET.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distrib­uting vehi­cles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and finan­cial service orga­ni­za­tions for the BMW brand of motor vehi­cles, including motor­cy­cles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Design­work­sUSA, a strategic design consul­tancy in Cali­fornia; a tech­nology office in Silicon Valley and various other oper­a­tions throughout the country.  BMW Manu­fac­turing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manu­fac­turing network and is the exclu­sive manu­fac­turing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehi­cles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales head­quar­ters for North America, is located in Wood­cliff Lake, New Jersey.

Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group prod­ucts is avail­able to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for over two decades, compiling 28 victo­ries, 42 poles and three series cham­pi­onships (1992, 2010, 2011) as well as claiming an Indi­anapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. In 2010 the team won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory. In 2011 the team swept all three GT titles — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver.

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