Mike and Andrew of STANCE WORKS spent some time with the BMW RLL team at the famous Laguna Seca race track. This past weekend, the two BMW M3 GTs finished the six-hour American Le Mans Monterey race in the third and fourth positions.
The STANCE WORKS duo went behind the scene and delivered an exciting report and amazing photography.
“Andrew and I arrived at the track bright and early on Friday morning, dragging our feet from the 6am wake-up call. We were eager to get through the 7:30am photo meeting so we could situate ourselves trackside. Shortly after our arrival, the team unloaded the twins and pushed them into their respective paddock suites, where the tool chests and countless stacks of tires made them feel right at home.
Dawn had hardly lifted before the cars hit the track in a series of practice sessions to work out any kinks and prepare for the big race. The race at Laguna Seca is the third longest of the series at an impressive 6 hours, meaning the cars have to be ready to withstand abuse through the mid-day and into the setting sun, and everything must be perfect. Seemingly every part was greased, tightened, or replaced to make sure nothing would go wrong.
Between the practice sessions, even the transmission was disassembled, examined, and who-knows-what-else before being reinstalled.
Everything was run over with a fine-toothed comb before the cars were locked away for the night. Alignment was double and triple-checked and clearances were scrutinized before being signed-off by the technicians. Everything from spark plugs to brake pads were numbered, studied, and verified for the main event. The car was cleaned in every possible fashion, and the carbon fiber weave of the body panels was faintly visible through the car’s glossy alpine white paint. After all, the cars have to look the part too.
Race day rolled around, and although the car seemed ready to go, the morning’s warm-up session warranted last minute changes. Winning is in the details, and BMW was not about to leave anything in the hands of the Racing Gods; they would win or lose by their own accord.”