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      08-17-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs up BMW Rahal Letterman's M3s take 1st and 2nd place at ALMS GT2 @ Road America

Massive amount of photos: http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=292920

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team scored its first victory in its first year of a partnership that saw Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen lead a 1-2 GT2 finish for the new BMW M3. Auberlen and Hand gained nearly a full lap on the rest of the field on an early-race wave-by when John Baker in one of ORBIT Racing’s Challenge class Porsches went off at Turn 12.

That was all they needed for BMW’s first victory in the American Le Mans Series since Petit Le Mans in 2001.

“I can hardly remember that far back,” said Auberlen, who was part of that lineup with Hans Stuck and Boris Said. “We have a new group of people that are so skilled. You give them enough time to develop the car and they’ll make it happen. Dunlop, our tire partner, has been working so hard. We were fast at Mid-Ohio and it didn’t go our way.

“There are three gigantic straightaways and the BMWs are known not to have such great straightline speed. But on the long radius corners and with 50-50 weight distribution, the car is so balanced and really dances through. The Porsches and Corvettes seemed to be struggling through some of those corners.”

Dirk Mueller and Tommy Milner placed second in their BMW M3, and the Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen placed third in their Corvette C6.R. The E85-powered car also won the GT portion of the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge for the second straight event.

But the weekend belonged to BMW. The M3s were quickest in all four testing and practice sessions, qualified on pole and posted the fastest GT2 race lap.

“Bill and I called this one to ourselves,” said Hand, a first-time winner who also earned his first pole position Saturday. “We’ve been talking it up pretty well here. We felt like we had a good chance to win at Mid-Ohio but got hit by a prototype and we were really good at Lime Rock. It all starts when the car gets off the truck. I can’t say enough about the guys at BMW Rahal Letterman Racing. It came exactly as we thought it would. Once I got in the car, we basically had a lap in hand, and my job was not to get hit and not fall too far behind.” --- http://www.americanlemans.com/index_news.php?n=13600
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      08-17-2009, 01:34 PM   #2
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1ST WIN!!!!!! BMW is back, baby!
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      08-17-2009, 01:37 PM   #3
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Great win for BMW!
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      08-17-2009, 01:50 PM   #4
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WHOOORAAA. we are back in business boys. Roll out the red carpet. Bill you are the man!!! well, on that note, even Hans and Boris are exceptional drivers, and I wish they can be signed on.
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      08-17-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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Congratulations, BMW! What happened at the end of the race? I was watching through the middle when #90 had a stop/hold penalty and the Ferrari was in front with Porsche in 2nd (?)...? Was there a yellow flag or other issue that caused the win or did BMW just muscle to the front?
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      08-17-2009, 03:53 PM   #8
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Say, say, say...hoooooo....now about the F1 team.. :O
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That first caution definitely helped them substantially. However, the RL M3s have been showing substantial progress in the last few races and this proves it!!
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I can believe i missed the Mid-Ohio race, I live 10 minutes from the track. That makes me sad that I could have seen the M3 in action
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got to watch some of the race in HD...i can say it was very impressive!
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      08-18-2009, 01:02 PM   #17
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anybody know if its possible to watch a replay of the race online?
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      08-18-2009, 09:34 PM   #19
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Wow, simply wow!! Nice everything!
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Friggin' awesome win, especially taking 1 and 2! Looking forward to seeing what the BMW Rahal Letterman team will be able to accomplish this season with the E92s!

Way to go, guys!
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