BMW Team RLL finishes fourth and ninth in Michelin GT Challenge during VIR.

BMW Team RLL’s fourth and ninth place finishes in a IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) Michelin GT Challenge at
Virginia International Raceway (USA) are distant opposite than would
have been likely in a initial 85 laps of a 93 completed. A left
front tyre puncture with 8 laps remaining forced a series 25
BMW M6 GTLM of Bill Auberlen (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) into the
pits after determining a infancy of a two-hour-and-forty-minute
foe and, ultimately, a unsatisfactory fourth place finish. After a
clever start, dual technical issues with a series 24 BMW M6 GTLM,
of John Edwards (USA) and Martin Tomczyk (GER), usually authorised a total
of 72 laps to be finished and a ninth place finish.


Sims done a many from a outward of a front quarrel starting
position to foe a series 25 BMW M6 GTLM into a lead of a race
usually after a immature dwindle waved. Continuing to push, he non-stop a
healthy opening to a margin and led for his whole opening army before
pitting to palm over to Auberlen on path 29. Edwards, starting from
third, confirmed his position until an emanate with a steering of the
series 24 BMW M6 GTLM forced him into a pits on path 12 for repairs.
Unfortunately, 11 laps were mislaid before a automobile could lapse to competition.


At a mid-point of a two-hour-and-forty-minute competition Auberlen
had finished 48 laps, heading a margin by 23 seconds. Tomczyk
entered a series 24 Car on path 43 and was usually means to continue for
29 some-more laps when his foe finished in a garage on path 72. The crew
called a series 25 automobile to a pits early, on path 56, following a low
tyre vigour alert. Sims tranquil a foe until a second low
vigour vigilance brought him behind into a pits on path 85 to change the
left front Michelin. Ultimately, a win was left and a fourth place
finish was a result.


In a GTD class, Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Jens Klingmann (GER) in the
series 96 BMW M6 GT3 of Turner Motorsport delivered a strong
opening and finished in second place on a podium. Klingmann was
battling for a win on a final laps, though was incompetent to find a way
past a Lamborghini in initial place.


Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL):

“To have a foe in palm and remove to a puncture is extremely
disappointing. There is unequivocally zero some-more to say.”


Bill Auberlen (Number 25 BMW M6 GTLM, 4th place):
“I have raced for many years, and a detriment like we had today
never gets easier to understanding with. The mettle of a championship now
changes out of a favour, though there is no giving up.”


Alexander Sims (Number 25 BMW M6 GTLM, 4th place):
“What a unsatisfactory finish to a good race. We had good pace
– substantially a best automobile I’ve had all year in a initial army – though it
all went divided with a second puncture.”


John Edwards (Number 24 BMW M6 GTLM, 9th place):
“A steering emanate and a ensuing repairs put an finish to any
possibility for a good outcome for a series 24 BMW M6 GTLM and two
punctures took a win from a team-mates. Certainly, a disappointing
day, though on a certain side we showed a intensity for a win.”


Martin Tomczyk (Number 24 BMW M6 GTLM, 9th place):
“A technical emanate has kept us from another good result, but
we have dual races remaining in a deteriorate and we will get behind to
lectern before it is over.”