BMW Team RLL Finish Third and Fifth at Mid-Ohio

Racing | August 5th, 2012 by 8
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Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller drove the No. 55 BMW Team RLL M3 GT to a third place GT class finish in today’s 2.45-hour American …

Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller drove the No. 55 BMW Team RLL M3 GT to a third place GT class finish in today’s 2.45-hour American Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge after starting the race from the pole position. The finish also netted the No. 55 M3 GT its second Michelin Green X Challenge trophy of the season. BMW Team RLL teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Müller finished fifth in the No. 56 M3 GT after starting from seventh.

The team’s fourth podium finish of the season keeps BMW second in Manufacturer points, 20 points behind Chevrolet. Hand and Müller, the 2011 class driver co-champions, move back to second in Driver points. Auberlen and Jörg Müller hold onto sixth place.

“With all the restrictions the series has placed upon us, and the freedoms they have given to the competition, we are just not fast enough, “said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “There is an obvious imbalance evident in the last few races and I hope that the ALMS will do the right thing. When you know you don’t have the pace you have to rely on strategy and luck. This week the Corvette had an incident and we got lucky again. We need to get back to fair and equal footing and give these guys a run for their money.”

BMW Team RLL Finish Third and Fifth at Mid Ohio

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT (third): 
“Really, despite the pole, we were out of contention from the first pit stop. The pit speed limit penalty put a fork in it. We were prepared, but just not fast enough over an entire stint.”

Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT (third):
 - “A podium finish is always good, but I am not happy with the stop and go penalty due to pit lane speeding. There is one button to push for the pit speed limiter. I pushed the button and I got a speed violation. We need to look into that data. We are all working very hard, but we need to be able to fight for better results.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT (fifth):
 – “I had to be aggressive from the green flag because we were starting from quite far back. I gave it everything I had and tried to make some waves. I gained some positions, but we just don’t have the speed on the straights. It is just too easy for everyone to get past us.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT (fifth): 
“Obviously, it was not our day – again. To add insult to injury, when I got in the car the tear-off glue stayed on the windscreen and I could hardly see anything in front of me. I had a view to left and right, but it was very difficult to drive one hour almost blind. It was a tough day at the office.”

The next round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series will be held at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 18th. The four-hour race will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 3:15 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2 on August 19th beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

The Series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, and timing and scoring for all users around the world. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch all ALMS races live on ALMS.com.

[Source: BMW]

  • Giom

    Why is BMW always being penalized? It happened locally too, a few years back. First, our cars had to carry 100kg compared to all other competitors for being RD. Then, aerodynamic structures were allowed up to the front axle line… Gues what, the BMWs had very short overhangs!

    I know of tens such cases. Eventually BMW will be forced to withdraw from the series only to be asked back later – cause the rules have changed.

    If BMW can not win races in alms due to unfair restrictions, how can they carry on?

    • johnparke

      Wasn’t the weight penalty because BMW decided to put a V8 in an E46 M3?

      • Giom

        I was referring to the SA Touring car series from the 90s. They ran 320i cars with 2l 4s. So was everybody. Except our cars were rwd.

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  • BMWFan

    I’m really happy that everyone know sees that something is obviously wrong. But congratulation to the BMW Team RLL for their hard work to still stay in contention for points and a third and Fifth place.

    Look Mr. Bobby Rahal, those ALMS Race Official fear what You and your “Gang” are capable of doing, so they have pull these ridiculous and unfair stunt.
    But any ways, You’re always the “MAN” to beat, Good Job Sir

    BMW Motosrsport M Power for life

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  • Roland Renno

    I was so surprised to know that BMW have had a restriction on their cars. It always happens to BMW while the rest is enjoying a free-penalty season. Everyone fears from BMW and don’t want them to add another year of success to their chapters.

  • bmwracer

    Pretty obvious that the deck is stacked against BMW this season. ALMS is turning into a joke.

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