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Half time in Sebring: BMW Team RLL in touch with the front-runners.

  • 17.03.2012
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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.”

 

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Ingo Lehbrink

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E-mail: ingo.lehbrink@bmw.de

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