The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team finished ninth and eleventh in today’s American Le Mans Series race at Mosport. Early troubles spoiled hopes for an excellent result after the team’s second consecutive front row starting position. The No. 90 M3 of Bill Auberlen and Joy Hand salvaged a ninth-place class finish in the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute contest, following an early incident that dropped the two Californians from contention.
Bad luck and the No. 45 competitor struck Auberlen from behind on lap 11, causing a lengthy stop for repairs to the rear bodywork of the No. 90 M3. Auberlen rejoined six laps down, but the damage to the duo’s race was done.
The No. 92 M3 of Dirk Müller and Tommy Milner led the race in the opening stage, but an early stop to resolve a tire vibration dropped them down a lap. A mechanical problem, still under investigation, ultimately ended the day for the No. 92 M3 on lap 71.
“Racing brings equal highs and lows, and our team has experienced both this season, even in the past two weeks,” stated Matthew Russell, BMWNA Motorsport Communications Manager. “Despite today’s poor luck for each car, the team remains focused and energized by our recent win at Road America, and we look forward to the upcoming Petit Le Mans.” Round 9 of the American Le Mans Series, the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, will be held at Road Atlanta on September 26 2009.