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Petit Le Mans in Pictures – BMW’s Victory in GT

Racing | October 6th, 2010 by 4
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The 2010 season for the American Le Mans Series has been one that, first and foremost, centered around the incredible battle in the GT(GT2) class. …

The 2010 season for the American Le Mans Series has been one that, first and foremost, centered around the incredible battle in the GT(GT2) class. The season saw the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar and General Motors all shoot for the constructors championship. The result was a thrilling season that resulted in battles that made endurance racing look more like sprint races as M3’s, GT3 RSR’s and F430GT’s went wheel-to-wheel across tracks like Mosport, Road America, and Sebring throughout the 9 race season.

For the BMW Rahal Letterman Team, it has been an especially productive year with the #90 and #92 M3 GT’s snatching podium finishes at every race with the #90 car of Joey Hand and Dirk Muller taking a first place at Road America. In only the second year of collaboration, BMW and RLR have managed to find a balance of reliability and consistency which powered the team to the final race, the 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans held at Road Atlanta.
Petit Le Mans in Pictures   BMWs Victory in GT

The team came into this past weekend with one goal in mind: “we have to finish in front of the Porsches and the Ferraris.” While the goal may seem simple and direct in its nature, the execution of such can be anything but over the span of 10 hours and 1,000 miles. The BMW’s only trailed the Flying Lizard’s Porsche GT3 RSR’s by a single point coming into the weekend and the Ferraris were just close enough to create some potential problems with their outright speed.  For those looking for a dramatic end to the ALMS season, they found it with BMW, Porsche and Ferrari stacked so close and then the duel of the Peugeots and Audis for LMP.

We were lucky enough to be embedded with the team for the duration of the race saw firsthand the highs and lows a team goes through on just a 10 hour race, much less one stretching 24 hours. I was there to see the anticipation of a team carrying with them the momentum of an entire season and the emotional lows when the #90 car of Muller, Priaulx and Hand came into the pits only 2 hours into the race for a misjudged drive through penalty which revealed a failed starter motor. Ultimately, the #90 car found themselves behind by a wide margin but soldiered on in an effort to help the team.

By the end of the race, nobody quite knew what would happen until the last 30 minutes when the Ferrari F430GT ran out of fuel. Keep watching this space this week for our video and race impressions in their entirety. But for now, enjoy these pictures we were able to snap at the Petit Le Mans (special thanks to Misha from TeamSpeed for helping with some of these!)

BMW have also forwarded these videos below of Bobby Rahal and Bill Auberlen reflecting on the season and the unbelievable Petit Le Mans.

  • mpower

    THIS IS WHY I LOVE BMW TAKE A SALOON CAR AND BEAT FERRARIS AND PORCHES. ITS NOT ABOUT OUTRIGHT SPEED. ITS ABOUT BALANCE AND BEAING ABLE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR TYRES. HATS OFF TO DUNLOPE ASWELL.WHATS AUDI GOT TO SAY NOW. ALL VERY WELL WINNING A ONE OR TWO HORSE RACE. BMW IS ONE OF THE BIG BOYS AND IT PITS ITSELF AGAINST THE BEST AND WINS. REMEBER HOW THE AUDI ENTRED 7 R8S AND LOADS OF 911’S AND A COUPLE OF 430’S TO BMW’S 2 M3 AND 2 PRIVATE GT3 Z4 IN THE NURBURGRING 24. THE RESULTS WERE BMW M3 1ST FERRARI 430 2ND AUDI R8 3RD AND FROM THE CLASS BELOW BMW Z4. ONLY 2 AUDIS FINISHED OUT OF 7. BOTH BMW WERE MAKINDG THERE DEBUT AND THE Z4 WAS ONLY BEATEN BY 3 CARS FROM THE CLASS ABOVE ONE BEING A M3, IT BEAT 6 OUT OF 7 R8’S AND EVEY SINGLE 911. AND NOW THE HAVW ONE THE ALMS IN THE CARS 2ND YEAR. THATS 2 WINS IN 3 YEARS OF GT2 WINS INCLUDING THE E46 GTR WHICH ALSO WON THE RING 24 THE LAST TIME BMW ENTRED IT 5 YEARS AGO. 911’S ONLY WIN WHEN BMW ARE NOT IN TOWN LOL. THANK GOD THEY PULLED OUT OF THE STAGED SHOW WHICH IS F1

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055790044 Alvin Wong

      WHAT ARE WE SHOUTING ABOUT?!

      Seriously. Stop typing in caps. It’s annoying as hell, even if I want to agree with your point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000404206443 Misha Nikolich

    Great pics and race coverage, Andrew! Congrats to BMW for a successful season.

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