Two BMW M6 GTLM finish on a lectern for BMW Team RLL during COTA.

Munich. A double-podium finish for BMW Team RLL in a fourth
spin of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) during the
Circuit of a Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas, was a
well-deserved prerogative for a team’s tough work during a past months.

 

Bill Auberlen (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) gathering a No. 25 BMW M6
GTLM to second place in a two-hour forty-minute contest, completing
71 laps of a 3.4-mile line and finishing 2.498 seconds behind the
winning series 3 Corvette. John Edwards (USA) and Martin Tomczyk
(GER), pushing a series 24 BMW M6 GTLM, finished in third place,
after a clever run from stick position.

With a advantage of stick position, Edwards led a margin from the
immature dwindle into a initial spin and Sims, from third on a grid, moved
adult one position to follow his teammate during a front of a field. A
scrum grown during a behind of a GTLM margin and mixed contacts
resulted in a integrate of competitors effectively being out of the
conflict for a win.

Sims relinquished second position 34 mins into a competition to the
series 911 Porsche after a 14-lap battle. Edwards continued to lead,
opening adult a 3.2 second gap. The Porsche upheld for a lead on lap
22, after that a second yellow dwindle of a competition waved to tighten up
a margin with Edwards P2 and Sims P3. Pit stops began on path 26 as
a margin circulated behind a reserve automobile with a Porsche and both
BMWs entrance in. Quick use by a No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM organisation got
Tomczyk out forward of a Porsche with Auberlen, now in a No. 25 BMW
M6 GTLM, right behind. Unfortunately, a span of singular mis-cues saw
Auberlen leave a pits before a fuel male had finished and the
Californian was forced behind to a pits for a drive-through penalty.
Tomczyk and dual other competitors missed a bright array exit
lights and had to lapse to offer a stop and 60-second penalty. The
series 3 Corvette had pitted progressing and hereditary a GTLM lead with
Auberlen, now P2, and Tomczyk, now P4, began their stints.

The second set of stops was finished underneath a immature dwindle on laps 44
and 45 with Sims behind in a series 25 BMW M6 GTLM and Edwards behind in
a series 24 BMW M6 GTLM to finish a final hour of a race. The
third and final counsel dwindle of a competition flew with reduction than ten
mins remaining for a blazing antecedent car. The line was quickly
privileged and a competition restarted with some 4 mins to go. Sims gave
chase, though there was not adequate time to locate a Corvette.
Ultimately, a outcome was Sims second and Edwards third and a first
dual BMW Team RLL lectern finishes of a season.

 

Bill Auberlen (no. 25 BMW M6 GTLM, 2nd
place):
“It is a prolonged time entrance for this diversion and this car.
We have to be really happy for that though a uncanny thing is that BMW Team
RLL is so geared to win, that is a many critical goal. When we get
second we still wish to be on top. However, we have to grin and hold
a heads high. We lonesome two-thirds of a lectern only not a top
step this weekend.”

 

Alexander Sims (no. 25 BMW M6 GTLM, 2nd
place):
“I was happy we were means to come out of spin one P1
and P2, though we had utterly a bit of a lock-up and that compromised my
initial army utterly a bit with a lot of quivering in a front tyre but
a automobile continued to work well. Then there was a small bit of a
disagreement with a array recover and we got a expostulate through
penalty. We were throwing a Corvette during a end, though indispensable a little
bit some-more of time. In a end, we are happy to have second place and it
was good to be station on a lectern for a initial time in a U.S.”

 

John Edwards (no. 24 BMW M6 GTLM, 3rd
place):
“We’ve been rival any path this weekend. It
was only a mistake – for any automobile – that cost us in a race. we am
vehement for a rest of a season, to competition during marks such as Watkins
Glen and Mosport. These dual circuits are good for a BMW M6 GTLM and
dual of my favorite marks in North America.”

 

Martin Tomczyk (no. 24 BMW M6 GTLM, 3rd
place):
“The outcome could’ve been better, though we done a
mistake. we left a array line when a exit light was red. we was
fighting with a Porsche and he also did not see a red light. But
that shouldn’t be an excuse. It was my fault. In a finish we consider we
did a best we could by finishing third, with a sister automobile in second.”