BMW Motorsport News – Issue 10/16

Posted on 21. Mar, 2016 by in BMW Canada

IWSC: Successful weekend for BMW teams during a 12h Sebring.

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship (IWSC) entered its
second turn final weekend with a 12 Hours of Sebring (US). The BMW
teams enjoyed success during a classical in a US state of Florida. On
Friday, Bill Auberlen (US) of BMW Team RLL claimed a initial pole
position for a new BMW M6 GTLM. This was followed on Saturday by the
initial lectern for a GT sports car, that is creation a entrance in the
IWSC in 2016. At a finish of an eventful race, that was dangling due
to complicated rain, Auberlen, Dirk Werner (DE) and Bruno Spengler (CA) came
home second in a GTLM category during a circle of a series 25 BMW M6
GTLM. Their team-mates John Edwards (US), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Kuno
Wittmer (CA) finished sixth in a series 100 car. There was also a
lectern in a GTD class: Ashley Freiberg (US), Bret Curtis (US) and
Jens Klingmann (DE) finished runner-up in a #96 BMW M6 GT3 of Turner
Motorsport. This was a initial lectern for a new BMW M6 GT3 on the
general stage.


Three questions for … Bill Auberlen.


Bill, we scored a stick position, did a fastest competition lap
and finished a competition in second place. How would we sum adult a weekend?

Bill Auberlen: “We can be happy, though on a other hand, even more
would have been possible. We done some mistakes and came adult some three
seconds brief of a win. But there is no reason for beating at
BMW Team RLL. We scored profitable points and valid a BMW M6 GTLM is
prepared to compete. It won’t be prolonged until we’re on a tip sped of a podium.” 


Next adult in a IWSC is a Long Beach Grand Prix – your home
race. What are your expectations?

Auberlen: “I have won that competition on dual out of a final 3 years.
And we am assured that we can quarrel for a initial BMW M6 GTLM victory
during my home circuit.”


You have been partial of a BMW family given a prolonged time. How
many years have we raced for BMW?

Auberlen: “Twenty one years. It has been an extraordinary time for me and,
as we valid here in Sebring, conjunction BMW nor myself are negligence down.
This attribute continues to get improved and improved and we am
intensely unapproachable to competition with a association into a subsequent 100 years.” 



ICTSC: Podium for Cooke and Clay in Sebring.

Tyler Cooke (US) and James Clay (US) raced to BMW’s initial podium
finish of a deteriorate in Friday’s two-and-a-half-hour IMSA Continental
Tire SportsCar Challenge race, a opening act of a 2016 12 Hours of
Sebring weekend. Bouncing behind strongly after a glow in use early
in a week to start from a category pole, a twin finished third in
a Street Tuner category in a series 84 BimmerWorld BMW 328i. The race
was won altogether by Trent Hindman (US) and Cameron Cassels (CA) in a
Grand Sport category Porsche.


VLN: Many BMW works drivers during a Nordschleife for a test
and set-up session.

The racing deteriorate during a Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE) strictly got
underway with a VLN exam and set-up event on Saturday – and fans
in a Eifel segment were given a fascinating ambience of what they can
design from a VLN Endurance Championship and a iconic 24-hour race
in a “Green Hell”. Among those in movement were Schubert Motorsport,
ROWE Racing and Walkenhorst Motorsport with their BMW M6 GT3 race
cars, as good as many some-more private BMW teams. A series of BMW works
drivers, who will support a BMW teams during a 24-hour competition on the
Nordschleife (28th/29th May), also took to a lane for a set-up
session. The 2016 VLN Endurance Championship starts on 2nd April. This
year’s calendar facilities 10 races.


Australian GT Championship: Eventful weekend during Melbourne’s
Albert Park.

BMW continued a quip on a Australian engine racing stage at
Melbourne’s (AU) famous Albert Park during a weekend. BMW Team SRM lined
adult during a second turn of a Australian GT Championship, that formed
partial of a support programme for a Formula One Australian Grand
Prix. Steve Richards (NZ) and Max Twigg (AU) had an eventful weekend
with their BMW M6 GT3. Friday’s subordinate was full of promise:
Richards was eleventh fastest, narrowly blank out on a tip 10 in
a clever margin featuring some-more than 30 cars. However, Richards suffered
a shoulder damage in a initial of 4 races, following a collision
that was no error of his own, and was forced to retire. This meant
Twigg started competition dual from 32nd place. The Australian fought his way
into 20th place in a violent race, in that a complicated showering towards
a finish caused a vital reorganization of a positions. In competition three, in
that a outcome was once again shabby by a prolonged reserve automobile phase,
Richards was personal in 17th place. Twigg afterwards brought a BMW M6
GT3 home in 13th place in a final race. The subsequent turn of the
Australian GT Championship takes place during a Barbagello Raceway (AU)
from 6th to 8th May.


12h Mugello: Six BMWs start in Italy.

Race dual of a 24h Series was hold in Mugello (IT) during a weekend.
The 12 Hours of Mugello consists of dual parts: a participants first
finished 4 hours of racing, before returning to confirm a final
positions in an eight-hour session. In total, 6 BMWs were in action
during a 5.245-kilometre circuit. Victory in a A3 category went to the
Hofor Racing group with a #101 BMW M3 Coupé. They were followed in
second place by a BMW 335i fielded by a Sorg Rennsport team. In
a Cup1 class, a dual Bonk Motorsport BMW M236i Racings finished
initial and second. The JR Motorsport group came home fourth and eighth
in a SP3 class. The subsequent turn of a 24h Series takes place during the
iconic “Silverstone Circuit” (EN) on 2nd/3rd April, where the
competitors will face a second 24-hour competition of a year, following
a opening turn of a deteriorate in Dubai (AE). 


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