Daytona. It was a formidable initial subordinate event of the
2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) for BMW Team
RLL in Daytona (USA). In a 15-minute event during a classic
‘Daytona International Speedway’, Bill Auberlen (USA) qualified
tenth for a 24-hour competition during a circle of a series 19 BMW M6
GTLM Art Car, designed by John Baldessari. The gifted BMW
motorist set a personal best time of 1:44.759.
In a series 24 BMW M6 GTLM, John Edwards (USA) posted a time
of 1:44.974. This put him in eleventh position on a Rolex 24 grid,
while Ford’s Joey Hand (USA) cumulative stick position during a circle of
a series 66 car, clocking a time of 1:43.473.
Over a march of a IMSA deteriorate opener, Auberlen will share
pushing duties in a 19th BMW Art Car with Alexander
Sims (GBR), Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA). Edwards
will join army with Martin Tomczyk (GER), Nick Catsburg (NDL) and
Kuno Wittmer (CAN) over a 24-hour marathon in Florida.
In a GTD category, a series 96 BMW M6 GT3 of Turner
Motorsport finished 17thin subordinate with Justin Marks
(USA) during a wheel. His team-mates on Saturday and Sunday will be
Maxime Martin (BEL), Jens Klingmann (GER) and Jesse Krohn (FIN).
Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team
RLL): “Naturally, we’d like to be a small bit more
competitive. We’re not distant from a Corvettes, though a Ford and
Ferrari are extremely quicker only like final year. That’s
disappointing. A lot can go on in 24 hours – we have to run a better
competition than they do, and not make mistakes. It sounds simple, though you
have to stay out of a pits and have a difficulty giveaway race. The new
drivers have propitious in so good already, alongside guys we know
Bill Auberlen (No. 19 BMW M6 GTLM,
10th place): “It’s not ideal, since what we’ve
got now we’ve got for 24 hours. This gait isn’t display a quality
of this team. The motorist line adult around me is amazing. Even if the
contingency aren’t in a favour, we’ll do all we can to get a good result.”
John Edwards (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM,
11th place): “It’s apparently never where you
wish to start, though with 24 hours of racing forward of us we have an
event to make adult some ground. Anything can occur in a race
A 90-minute night use event is scheduled currently at
19:00hrs. On Friday, a BMW drivers will competition a fourth and
final use event from 10:00 to 11:00hrs. The 24-hour competition will
afterwards go immature on Saturday during 14:30hrs.