Bill Auberlen (US) and Jörg Müller (DE) 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 (ALMS) Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge after starting the race from pole position. BMW Team RLL teammates Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (DE) 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 the Manufacturer points, 20 points behind Chevrolet. Hand and Müller, joint driver champions in the class in 2011, move back to second in the Driver points. Auberlen and Jörg Müller hold onto sixth place.
The next round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series will be held at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 18th.
Bobby Rahal (Team Principal):
“With all the restrictions the series has placed upon us, and the freedom they have given to the competition, we are just not fast enough. There is an obvious imbalance evident in the last few races and I hope 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 a fair and equal footing and give these guys a run for their money.”
Jörg Müller (BMW M3 GT – No. 55):
“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.”
Bill Auberlen (BMW M3 GT – No. 55):
“Really, despite the pole, we were out of contention from the first pit stop. The pit speed limit penalty put a spanner in the works. We were prepared, but just not fast enough over an entire stint.”
Dirk Müller (BMW M3 GT – No. 56):
“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 the left and right, but it was very difficult to d rive one hour almost blind. It was a tough day at the office.”
Joey Hand (BMW M3 GT – No. 56):
“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.”
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