Sebring, 17th March 2012. After the first half of the 12 Hours of
Sebring (US) – the season opener of the 2012 American Le Mans
Series, BMW Team RLL is running in promising positions. In the ALMS GT
category the two BMW M3 GT cars were third and fourth respectively
after six hours, while the no. 04 Chevrolet Corvette led this class.
Dirk Müller (DE) started the 60th running of the endurance
classic at the wheel of car number 56 and completed a double-stint. He
handed over his BMW M3 GT to Joey Hand (US), with whom he won the ALMS
GT drivers’ title in 2011. Hand also spent more than two hours
in the cockpit, before Jonathan Summerton (US) got into the car for
the first time.
Bill Auberlen (US) was at the wheel of the no. 155 BMW M3 GT in the
opening stages of the race, afterwards Jörg Müller (DE)
completed his first race laps in Sebring since 2001. He did a
double-stint, just as Uwe Alzen (DE) did after another pit stop.
Both cars were forced to pay the pit lane an unscheduled visit in the
first part of the race for stop-and-go penalties. According to race
control, car number 155 had overtaken under yellows, while no. 56 was
caught for speeding in the pit lane.
Jörg Müller (BMW M3 GT – No. 155):
“To be honest, my double-stint was much easier than expected. I
was sure we would just go from one full-course yellow to the next. But
this didn’t happen. Everyone behaved really well out there, and
nobody wanted to take unnecessary risks with more than 60 cars
running. However, there will definitely be more incidents over the
course of the race, especially when it gets dark. We need to make sure
to keep our car on the track, keeping a close as possible to the
front-runners. Then we will be part of a really exciting finale.”
Dirk Müller (BMW M3 GT – No. 56):
“Everything went quite well in the opening phase of the race,
despite the special traffic situation with so many cars around. Our
plan was to avoid taking any risks. After the start, we managed to
pull away with the lead group of cars and just executed our strategy.
It’s only halftime now, so sure we will see a lot of action in
the second part of the race.”