After 18 Hours: BMW Team RLL Enters the Final Stages of the Daytona in Third and Fourth

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.

Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US), Dirk Werner (DE) and Graham Rahal (US), are currently running third with the number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, after completing 499 laps of the iconic “Daytona Inter­na­tional Speedway”. The quartet are ranked directly ahead of their team-mates Bill Auberlen (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Joey Hand (US) and Maxime Martin (BE), who hold fourth with the number 56 car.

The night went by without any major inci­dents on the track. Despite the fact most of the 67 cars that started the race in Daytona are still running, there were just a few yellows up to dawn. The Turner Motor­sport team also used these condi­tions to make up ground in the GTD class with its BMW Z4 GTD. Currently Augusto Farfus (BR), Paul Dalla Lana (CA), Dane Cameron (US) and Markus Palt­tala (FI) are running in ninth.

Dirk Werner (Number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM):
“At the moment our car is running like clock­work. We are able to put in lap after lap and our times were okay as well. In addi­tion, the traffic out there was less wild than in the begin­ning. I managed to drive for two hours without any full-course yellow. This was great fun. I hope we keep going like this. If we stay out of trouble and make no mistakes, then we might be able to put the cars ahead of us under pres­sure a bit. Let’s wait and see.”

Maxime Martin (Number 55 BMW Z4 GTLM):
“Although there were still a lot of cars on the track, the traffic was okay during the night. However, our disad­van­tage in terms of top speed was clear to see. On the straight we just don’t stand a chance. Things got even more diffi­cult due to a problem with the air filter. Never­the­less, the impor­tant thing is we are still in a promising posi­tion. Now the race enters its crucial phase.”