The 13th running of the Petit Le Mans race brings down the curtain on the 2010 ALMS season at the epic Road Atlanta circuit. The combination of BMW and Rahal Letterman Racing has proved to be a highly successful one with the BMW M3 GT landing only one point behind the Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR for the constructor’s championship.
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The championship has been hard-fought too. In only their second season in partnership for the American Le Mans Series, the BMW RLR team have managed a podium finish at every race this season.
As part of the 10-hour, 1,000 mile endurance race for the ALMS and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, BMW have imported two of their European drivers to outfit each M3 GT with an additional driver given the length of the race. One of those drivers is no stranger to BMW race cars as he is a three-time World Touring Car Champion – all earned at the wheel of a BMW 3 Series. That’s right, BMW have brought in the incredible Andy Priaulx to help round out the season and contend for points in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Andy has already spent time behind the wheel of an M3 GT at this year’s running of the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans, not to mention the same races last season.
With three championships under his belt in the WTCC (plus one from 2004 in the precursor ETCC series) Priaulx is an expert at knowing what it takes to hustle a BMW around a circuit on the fastest line possible. Last week we asked what questions you might have for Andy Priaulx as he preps for the Petit Le Mans and today we have answers from you.
Mr. Priaulx took time out of testing and race preparations today just for BMWBlog to sit down and field some of your questions about participating in the Petit Le Mans, the differences between his 320Si in the WTCC and the M3 GT, and his successful career with BMW.
We’ve received excellent questions from all of you and we hope you keep them coming! We will be on hand and in the pits with the BMW RLR team for the entire race and be speaking with the drivers and teams so if you have questions, we’ll certainly get them answered! We’ll also be speaking with a very special guest who will be the center of an upcoming article.
The Petit Le Mans, this Saturday, October 2nd; kicks off when the flag drops at 11:20AM for the start. We’ll be trackside tweeting from my account eBrake and our BMWBlog twitter account. Additionally, we’ll be posting photos, quotes and commentary as the 10-hour endurance unfolds and BMW vies for the constructor’s championship.
Watch this space tomorrow for Tommy Milner’s responses to your questions!
A special thanks goes out to Bill Cobb for helping to coordinate these interviews!
(Photo credit: JamesG Photos)