BMW Team RLL – Baltimore ALMS Preview
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – August 29, 2012… With only three races left in the 2012 American Le Mans Series season, a third-consecutive GT class championship remains the goal of BMW Team RLL. This weekend, the venue is the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge, a two-hour race through the city streets that surround Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In comparison with many of the other tracks the series sees, Baltimore's temporary two-mile, 12-turn circuit is analogous to a wrestling steel cage match. Concrete walls on both sides mean there is only one way out - forward to the checkered flag. There will be many competitors, but as the last year has demonstrated, only one real opponent - Corvette.
Last season, the inaugural ALMS race at Baltimore ended in disappointment for BMW Team RLL, as the No. 55 M3 GT was punted from the lead by an overzealous pass attempt by one of the Corvettes with only 22 minutes remaining in the race. Bill Auberlen (and co-driver Dirk Werner) ultimately finished fifth. Joey Hand and Dirk Müller finished second in the No. 56 M3 GT and BMW Team RLL would continue on to clinch a second-consecutive GT class Manufacturer and Team title, adding the Driver's championship for Hand and Müller.
This year, the rivalry escalated with the most recent episode at Road America, when the Corvette of Oliver Gavin knocked the No. 56 M3 GT of Dirk Müller from second place and into the fence with only two laps remaining in the race. Auberlen and co-driver Jörg Müller would win the race to keep BMW second in Manufacturer points - only 10 points back of Chevrolet.
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