Despite a stop-and-go penalty for contact served by each BMW Team RLL M3 GT during today’s American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mosport the team still finished the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race third and fourth in the 14-car GT class to retain the lead in manufacturer, driver and team championship standings.
Starting from the class pole for a third consecutive time the No. 56 M3 GT of Joey Hand led the first 30 laps of the race with the No. 55 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen running third, less than three seconds behind. The races only caution period brought both M3s to the pits on lap 31 for fuel and tires, but a slow stop for the No. 56 crew put Hand out behind Auberlen and then a … CONTINUED
The Number 56 BMW M3 GT with Dirk Muller at the wheel picked up right where it left off two weeks ago – at the front of the American Le Mans Series GT field after qualifying on the class pole for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Mosport outside of Toronto, Canada. With a 1:17. 08 second lap of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Mosport International Raceway circuit, Müller will lead the 14-car GT class to the green flag for the start of the two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race tomorrow.
The No. 55 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner will line up second for an all BMW GT front row for the second consecutive race. Bill Auberlen qualified the car with a 1:17.14 second lap.
Dirk Muller, Qualifying Driver No. 56 M3 GT … CONTINUED
Here is BMW’s official introduction video of the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car (official press release and info) which will make its appearance in race form for the first time during the 2012 DTM season next year.
The video shows scenes from last week’s unveiling at The Welt. It also traces BMW’s DTM roots – 11 successful years (which ended in 1992) during which BMW was champion 3 times, had 49 victories, and went to the podium over 150 times. Three models were in use, 635csi, 323i, and the M3.
As for performance, the 4.0L 480bhp V8 motor rockets the M3 DTM from 0-100km/h in 3 seconds. Top speed is 300km/h.
This weekend BMW Team RLL will bring its M3 GT win streak north of the border to the venerable Mosport International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Mosport. The only American Le Mans Series event in Canada, the historic road course has only given up only one podium finish to the team in two previous seasons – a third place finish last year by Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner.
Following a dominating performance at Lime Rock Park and a third consecutive victory for Joey Hand and Dirk MÏÂÂÂ?ller the team is committed to race for their best Mosport result yet.
Of particular importance, the defending GT Manufacturer and Team champions will look to increase Hand and MÏÂÂÂ?ller’s 33 point lead (70 total) in the Driver standings. With seventh … CONTINUED
Here is a great set of photos from this past weekend’s DTM mega event at the Munich Olympic Stadium, as well as BMW’s reveal of the M3 DTM Concept Car at the BMW Welt.
Our member Dackelone got up close and personal with the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car at The Welt just a day after its official reveal. Inside are a great set of photos showing lots of the M3 DTM car’s large and finer deatils.
Video from the BMW M3 DTM concept car reveal at The Welt yesterday, featuring interviews with its two drivers – Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus, as well as BMW Motorsports’ new director – Jens Marquardt.
Cool video from Fastlanedaily’s Leo Parente, who traveled to the ALMS race at Lime Rock (which the BMW team won) to speak with the ALMS team, engineers, and driver about how the production M3 compares to the M3 GT race car.
We’ve updated our BMW M3 DTM photos with a slew of new looks from its reveal today at the press event at The Welt. See inside.