• More than 5,000 parts and two BMW M8 GTEs to be transported.
• Busy week for BMW Team RLL.
• Team headquarters always ready for action.
Munich. There are just five days between the six-hour race at Watkins Glen
(USA) and the start of the race weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport
Park near Bowmanville (CAN). Although the two IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship circuits are only around 300 miles apart, this is
one of the most challenging weeks for the BMW Team RLL. This is
particularly true for the logistics team, which delivers an outstanding
performance between the two events.
Sunday, 1st July: just after 15:45 local time, the two BMW M8 GTE cars of BMW
Team RLL crossed the finishing line at Watkins Glen. For the logistics team, that
moment marked the start of what is probably the most gruelling week of the year. Just
a few days later, both of the team’s cars will be back on the track, battling for IMSA
points in Canada. The 300 or so miles that lie between the two circuits in the
northern USA and southern Canada are the least of their problems.
Cars, team members, spare parts and equipment: transportation is planned in minute
detail, down to the smallest part. Everything starts at Watkins Glen: both BMW M8
GTEs were rebuilt on the Monday and Tuesday after the race in the paddock. Ten
mechanics were working on each of the two BMW M8 GTEs.
Brandon Fry, BMW Team RLL Technical/Racing Operations Director, said: “This is
one of the most exhausting weeks of the year for our team and it really shows what
motorsport is all about. We don’t have much time at all. Everything has to work
perfectly to guarantee a smooth start to the race weekend at the Canadian Tire
More than 5,000 parts, three trucks, two BMW M8 GTEs.
On the afternoon of 3rd July both BMW M8 GTEs were loaded onto the team truck.
There are around 2,000 more parts in this transporter: from team apparel to spare
parts and personal equipment items for the drivers. If everything goes according to
plan, the travel time is just under five hours, however, the border crossing can be more
problematic. Each individual part must be documented and the BMW Team RLL has
to prepare around 25 pages of paperwork just for the first truck. Ideally, the truck
should cross the Canadian border in ten minutes but it could just as easily take hours
to pass, which is why the team was planning on arrival in the early hours of
The two other trucks start their journey on the 4th July, a national holiday in the USA.
They are transporting around 3,000 additional parts, primarily bodywork and spare
parts, as well as engines. The team in the Ohio BMW Team RLL headquarters
remains ready for action the whole time. Spare parts were dispatched from here to
Canada before the race in Watkins Glen, to ensure that they are there when the team
arrives. The team headquarters also stores pre-assembled chassis that can be
dispatched overnight to Canada if required. The logistics team from BMW of North
America works closely with US Customs and BMW Motorsport transport experts to
make all this possible.
The scrutineering inspection for BMW Team RLL takes place at the Canadian track
on 5th July. Three days later, all the cars and parts will be loaded back onto the trucks
immediately after the race. The entire team will then drive through the night to return
to the headquarters in Ohio. The most exhausting week of the year for the BMW
Team RLL then finally draws to a close at around 3 am on Monday.