BMW Team RLL Finishes 5th and 6th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 21, 2013
Categories: BMW, BMW Racing

BMW Team RLL Finishes 5th and 6th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park; Müller Retains GT Drivers Points Lead

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 21, 2013 . . . BMW Team   RLL did all it could today at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, at   Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, but   ultimately ended the 2.45-hour race fifth and sixth in the GT class.

Both Z4 GTE race cars held the lead during the mistake free race.   Maxime Martin set the fastest lap of the race (1:15.907 minutes, L102)   in the closing minutes of the contest. Unfortunately, the top speed   deficit of the BMWs to the Corvettes and Vipers was very evident on   Mosport’s long straights and, while able to run a single quick lap,   were unable to stay in front of the larger displacement cars.

Dirk Müller and Joey Hand, driving the No. 56 Z4 GTE, finished fifth,   completing 123 laps of the 2.46-mile, 10-turn circuit during the race   to retain (unofficially) Müller’s lead in the GT driver standings by   five points. Müller started the car from the third starting position,   after qualifying fourth and moving up at the green flag after the   second place qualifier moved to the rear of the grid. Hand took over   just past the one hour mark and ran a strong third before being   demoted to fifth in the closing stages of the race.

BMW Team RLL

Bill Auberlen started the No. 55 Z4 GTE, moving up to start the race   in fourth after qualifying fifth. The Californian ran a strong stint   to hand off to Maxime Martin from the fourth position on lap 46, one   hour into the race. Martin raced into the lead, but dropped back to   sixth after his pit stop on lap 90 for fuel and new Michelin tires. He   was unable to improve his position in the final 45 minutes of the race.

“The Corvettes and Vipers are 10kmh faster than we are up the   straightaway,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal.   “When the Z4s are by themselves we can make up that difference, but   when you get in traffic, they get a run on you and there is nothing   you can do. They just drive by us. Obviously there needs to be a   change in the restrictor in both the Corvette and the Viper because   how can you make up 10kmh? Now we go to Elkhart Lake and that will   probably be more of the same. It’s pretty disappointing that these   straightline speed advantages continue. We just have to make the best   of it and see what we can do at Road America.”

“Despite an excellent, mistake-free effort by BMW Team RLL we were   denied a chance at the Mosport podium,” said Gordon McDonnell,     BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “The next circuits we face will   not be any easier so we will have to redouble our efforts to keep us   in the hunt for the championship.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE   – (5th) – “I was very happy to come back to this   program. It was good to see all the boys, all my teammates. The car   this weekend was the best I’ve had here, but it picked up a lot of   understeer towards the end of the race. I think the track rubbered up   and as the rear got better it created a ton of understeer. I   definitely earned those points. I will miss Road America, my favorite   track, and come back for Baltimore.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE   – (5th) – “I was hoping for more for sure. It was a   tough day. We did everything right. Joey did a great job. The team did   a great job, but we couldn’t defend.  P5, P6 was the best we could do.   I was hoping for a podium, but we collected the points and stayed   clean. Not one touch to the cars. No penalties. We still have a long   season ahead we’ll fight every lap.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (6th) – “This   is what we suspected would happen. We could race – and win – at the   slower speed tracks. Mosport indeed showed we don’t have the   straightline speed.”

Maxime Martin, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (6th) – “For   sure it was not an easy race for us. With the lack of speed to our   competitors it is really difficult to defend during the race. So we   have a good car during one lap, but that does not win a race.”

Round Six of the 2013 ALMS season, the Orion Energy Systems 245, will   be held on Sunday, August 11th at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.   The 2.45-hour race will be broadcast on ABC television beginning at   3:00 p.m. ET.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since   1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in   2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include   marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW   brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and   the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic   design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon   Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW   Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global   manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all   X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The   BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through   networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle   centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers,   and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW   Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff   Lake, New Jersey.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard,   Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis   500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE   SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for over two decades,   compiling 28 victories, 42 poles and three series championships (1992,   2010, 2011) as well as claiming an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy   Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to   campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. In 2010 the   team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT   category. In 2011 the team swept all three GT titles - Manufacturer,   Team and Driver.