BMW Team RLL Finish 4th and 6th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – July 13, 2014 … BMW Team RLL improved from their starting posi­tions to finish fourth and sixth in today’s Sports Car Grand Prix at Cana­dian Tire Motor­sport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. After a wet morning warm up session, the 2.75-hour race was held under sunny skies and ran caution free.

The No. 56 BMW Z4 GTLM of John Edwards and Dirk Müller finished fourth, completing 126 laps of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit during the event. Müller started from fifth place and held his ground for the first stint, pitting on lap 40 to hand over to Edwards. Moving up to fourth, Edwards pitted for fuel and new Michelin tires on lap 82. He raced to within 6 seconds of a podium posi­tion, but ulti­mately had to settle for fourth.

Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx also had a solid day, finishing sixth in the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM after starting tenth. Priaulx took the green flag with Auberlen running the middle stint from lap 43 to 83. Racing eighth in the closing stages of the race and with posi­tions seven and sixth in sight, Priaulx made a strong move on lap 115 to take both spots. He held onto sixth for the remaining 13 minutes of the race.

Sepa­rately, in the GTD class, the Turner Motor­sport BMW Z4 GTD, driven by Dane Cameron and Markus Palt­tala, finished third.

We knew CTMP would be a chal­lenge for us,” said Gordon McDon­nell, BMWNA Motor­sport Manager. BMW Team RLL did a great job to finish fourth and sixth, so hats off to the guys for a strong perfor­mance. I think we have to be really happy with the points we collected here this weekend. Congrat­u­la­tions also to the Turner Motor­sport team for finishing third with the Z4 GTD.”

Real­is­ti­cally fourth is pretty darned good,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “Early on we got sepa­rated as the Corvette and Viper got away from every­body, and we just couldn’t chase them down. But I am pleased with fourth and sixth based on where we qual­i­fied. The car’s pace was pretty good. We were just not quite fast enough, but we will keep on pushing. I am very pleased with the job the drivers did. They were oppor­tunistic and were able to pass. We had great pit stops today thanks to our guys. All in all we have got to be happy with where we ended up.”

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (4th) – “It was really hard work just to come fourth. Our pace was decent and we got through traffic pretty well. It is not an easy track and even when you are by your­self you are working really hard here. I am exhausted but pleased with the result.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (4th) – “We had a good start, very good stints and John and I had a car that we could push. We ended up fourth and I think that was our best possible result so we are happy. We had a clean race, not a scratch on the car apart from some knocks from behind, as usual. I had fun in the car and so did John. We were pushing like crazy and that was the maximum we could have done.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (6th) – “We went in the right direc­tion today. I gained a posi­tion and then Andy got in the car and got two more. Good driving and great racing today. We can be pleased with our performance.”

Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (6th) – “The car was trans­formed today. The guys did a great job last night, as they changed every­thing. We had a good solid day and those are good points for me and Bill. This keeps us in some sort of contention for the cham­pi­onship, although it is going to be tough to beat the Corvettes. The battle I had was awesome. I closed and closed on the Falken Porsche and just slipped by on the inside in turn one as the leader went through. I went all through turn two on the outside and he was very fair with me. It was quite edgy and then there was the Corvette. He was defending really heavily but I came through, saw a gap and took it.”

In other BMW racing action today, Maxime Martin converted his first DTM pole posi­tion to his first DTM victory today at Moscow Raceway, in Moscow, Russia. He led wire-to-wire to score the third win for the BMW M4 DTM this season. More infor­ma­tion on BMW Motorsport’s DTM program can be found at www.bmw-motorsport.com.

Round Seven of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship, the Brick­yard Grand Prix, will take place on the road course at the legendary Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway, in Indi­anapolis, Ind., on Sunday, July 25th. The race will be broad­cast on Fox Sports 1 begin­ning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More infor­ma­tion on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.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 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 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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Jour­nalist note: Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group and its prod­ucts in the USA is avail­able to jour­nal­ists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

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