The successful career of the BMW M3 GT in the American Le Mans Series
(ALMS), which featured team and manufacturer titles in 2010 and the
driver, team and manufacturer triple in 2011, has come to an end. This
season it is succeeded by the newly developed BMW Z4 GTE. The BMW Z4
GT3 has already claimed wins and titles in numerous series around the
world. Now it is the turn of the GTE version of the BMW Z4 to add to
BMW Motorsport’s success story in North America. In view of the
merging of the ALMS and GRAND-AM Series, BMW fans in the US and Canada
can look forward to a car that will allow BMW Team RLL to get back to
competing for new triumphs in the ALMS as soon as possible.
A mix of experience and youth will alternate at the wheel of the two
cars, bearing the start numbers 55 and 56. Two-time ALMS GT champion
Dirk Müller (DE) will race alongside Bill Auberlen (US), who contested
his 200th race for BMW in 2012. BMW works driver and newcomer to the
series Maxime Martin (BE) will share the second cockpit with Joey Hand
(US), whose commitments in the DTM mean he is unable to contest the
entire season, and 21-year-old John Edwards. Uwe Alzen (DE) and Jörg
Müller (DE) will bolster BMW Team RLL at the endurance races at
Sebring (US) and Road Atlanta (US).
One particular appeal of the ALMS is the fact that five different
classes of cars are out on the track at the same time. That means a
lot of traffic and big differences in speed, which demands the utmost
concentration from all the drivers. BMW Team RLL lines up in the GT
class with the BMW Z4 GTE.
Just as it did last season, the 2013 ALMS race calendar consists of
ten races. New to the schedule is the race on 21st September at the
“Circuit of the Americas” in Austin (US), which made its debut on the
Formula One calendar in 2012. The season opens with the 12 Hours of
Sebring on 16th March. The “Petit Le Mans” at Road Atlanta will once
again provide the stage for the grand finale on 19th October.
ALMS Media Information contents (pdf available for download):