june 29, 2016 - BMW Motorsport

BMW Team RLL looks forward to racing on two great circuits on consecutive weekends.

Munich (DE), 29th June 2016. Following an eight-week hiatus in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), BMW Team RLL shifts right back into high gear with races at Watkins Glen International (US) on the 3rd July and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CA) one week later. The two venerable North American permanent road courses will surely be a challenging test for the new BMW #m6gtlm that showed early promise at Daytona (US) and Sebring (US), but struggled to put all the pieces of the new package together at Laguna Seca (US).

For both races BMW of North America will race the number 25 car, driven by #billauberlen (US) and #dirkwerner (DE), with a special livery to celebrate the 4th July as well as to pay homage to one of the most popular BMWs ever to race in North America - the #bmwm3gtr. The #bmwm3gtr raced and won with this stars and stripes livery at the October 2001 Petit Le Mans race in Road Atlanta (US). Auberlen, along with Boris Said (US) and Hans-Joachim Stuck (DE), were the winning drivers. The number 100 BMW #m6gtlm, co-driven by #johnedwards (US) and #lucasluhr (DE), will continue to race with its unique livery celebrating BMW’s 100th anniversary.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen is up first at the newly resurfaced 3.4-mile, 17-turn Watkins Glen circuit. The team tested twice at Watkins Glen in May, gaining experience on the new Michelin tyre that was introduced at Laguna Seca before the Le Mans break. An additional two-day test recently at Road Atlanta (US) provided more data that will help the BMW #m6gtlm compete on the high-speed, unforgiving circuit in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen takes the green flag at 16.10 CET Sunday, 3rd July. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park takes the green flag at 17.05 CET Sunday, 10th July.

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL):

“We tested at the Glen recently and I think we had good pace. The Watkins Glen test was our first chance to really understand the new tyre that was introduced, so the performance was better and I feel good about that. The repaving of the circuit has made it much quicker than it was, so it will be fast, very fast. We’ve been on pole there before, finished third last year. W