BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Professional Motorsport Racing Discussion (ALMS, DTM, Formula 1, Grand-AM, Le Mans, IRL, WRC, etc..)
 
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      04-15-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
Jason
Administrator
 
Jason's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 M3
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA

Posts: 16,127
iTrader: (0)

Thumbs up 2nd Place for BMW Team RLL Makes Four Podiums in Four Years at Long Beach ALMS

BIMMERPOST NEWS
2nd Place for BMW Team RLL Makes Four Podiums in Four Years at Long Beach ALMS
24
COMMENTS

BMW Team RLL at Long Beach; Four Years – Four Podiums

15.04.2012

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
– April 14, 2012… With a second place GT class finish by the No. 56 BMW Team RLL M3 GT in today’s American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race, BMW is tied for the manufacturer’s point lead. The second podium of the young ALMS season for Joey Hand and Dirk Müller solidifies their lead in the driver’s standings.

The defending GT driver co-champions started the race from the class pole with Hand at the wheel of the No. 56 BMW M3 GT. Hand led the race for the opening 16 laps until a prototype ran into him causing a puncture of the right rear tire. Hand pitted for fuel and four new tires, returning to the race in the seventh position. The races only caution period brought him back to the pits on lap 41 where Bobby Rahal made a bold strategic move to not change tires and jump the field in the pits to send the BMW Motorsport driver out in the lead. Müller lost the lead, but drove a strong stint to extend BMW Team RLL’s Long Beach podium streak to four years.

Teammates Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller, driving the No. 55 M3 GT, finished out of the points in11th. Müller, making his first start at Long Beach, was the victim of a first lap accident that forced him to the pits for lengthy repairs to replace the radiator. He returned 13 laps down to the leaders, but put his head down, setting some of the fastest laps of that part of the race. He handed off to Auberlen during the race’s only caution period and the Californian, who podiumed here in both 2009 and 2010, did not disappoint his home race fans as he circulated at a very fast pace until the checkered flag.

“A great day for Dunlop,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “We double-stinted the tires at Sebring and that’s what got us the win. Here we asked for the same thing. There was no question that we had to leap frog the field after being hit and having a flat tire. We didn’t have enough to beat the No. 4 Corvette, but we held everyone else off. We'll take a well deserved second place.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “We won the race at Sebring by double stinting tires and we placed here the same way. It says a lot to have that kind of confidence in a tire that not only has the performance, but it will also go the distance. I know I can’t win the Championship again this year, but I really, really want to do my best to help the team, BMW and Dirk repeat.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “That race was certainly was another mileage test for Dunlop. Bobby and Chris made the right call and it paid off. I knew I had to go a full stint on tires that had already gone 25 laps so I focused on their management – not what was behind me.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT –“The No. 55 M3 was a rocket ship today, but you need luck at Long Beach. Traffic got stacked up and Jörg got into it. The radiator was damaged, but after he went back out he was the fastest car on the track. It hurts to know how hard everybody worked and that we had a car that could win, but could not show it.”

Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “It’s disappointing that I got trapped in an accident on the second lap. The Corvette braked very hard and I had nowhere to go. We had to change the radiator so we lost many laps. Afterwards the car was still fast. It’s a shame when you have the real potential to win the race and you don’t get any points.”

Round 3 of the 2012 American Le Mans Series will be held at Laguna Seca Raceway on Saturday, May 12.The six-hour race will take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. PDT and will be streamed live on ESPN3.com beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET. The race will be rebroadcast on ESPN2 television at 5:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 13. Live timing and scoring will be hosted on americanlemans.com.


BMW Team RLL at Long Beach ALMS



Jason is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:00 AM   #2
OerdingE93
Lieutenant
 
OerdingE93's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 Mineral White E93 M3 DCT
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: LA/OC

Posts: 475
iTrader: (3)

i was there! so much fun
__________________

|ESS VT1-550 510whp|MRF MID|AKRA REAR|CKS COILS|FORGESTAR|CSL TRUNK|GT4 Lip|3D-DESIGN
OerdingE93 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
tico1028
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2011 E92 M3 - JB
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Miami

Posts: 354
iTrader: (0)

I saw the race on ESPN 2...car was awesome!
tico1028 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 03:41 AM   #4
conradb
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2011 E92 M3 (ZCP/DCT/ZCV)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: GMT -8

Posts: 433
iTrader: (0)

I was there to see it live! I was in the ALMS paddocks before and after the race too! I got to talk to Bill Auberlen about the car. I watched the M3 GT2 getting its post-race check and getting put away into storage in the truck.

I still didn't see how the hood got ripped off one of the BMW's and the Corvettes. That was a pretty crashy smashy race.
conradb is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 03:43 AM   #5
M3 Adjuster
Brigadier General
 
Drives: 1988 M3 gone .. 1M HERE!!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Dallas, Tx

Posts: 3,208
iTrader: (0)

Watched the race on tv. Surprised it was on in the evenin. Great strategy, big gamble and the only call for hand/Werner. Sucks that muller rear ended another car and killed the radiator.
__________________
Lone Star BMW CCA Chapter president, Chief Driving Instructor
M3 Adjuster is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 05:03 AM   #6
Nang Vann
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Nang Vann's Avatar
 
Drives: E46 M3, R35 GT-R
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Australia

Posts: 1,516
iTrader: (0)

Nice!
__________________
Moving on up!
Nang Vann is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #7
Park2670
General
 
Park2670's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 CX-5
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: UTAH

Posts: 18,103
iTrader: (6)

Really enjoy alms races!
__________________
Park2670 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #8
GOLFFRR
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor

 
GOLFFRR's Avatar
 
Drives: Golf Cart
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Solvang, CA/Camarillo, CA

Posts: 13,983
iTrader: (4)

sweet.
__________________

BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR NEXT BMW, PM ME FIRST I CAN HOOK YOU UP!
Need a quote?..EMAIL: Bmwdavid@icloud.com | T.805.482.8878 ask for David Aviles
www.stevethomasbmw.com | OUR PARTS STORE | Facebook-DAVID | BMWDAVID.COM
GOLFFRR is online now  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 10:14 AM   #9
ADRQ0811
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2011 BMW 528i
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: 562/so cal

Posts: 147
iTrader: (0)

Long beach I love living here in so cal
ADRQ0811 is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 10:54 AM   #10
Lagunae92
Captain
 
Drives: BMW e92 M3 Laguna Seca Blue
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Long Beach

Posts: 679
iTrader: (0)

The sound live is insane! Corvettes loudest, Ferrari has the most howl, but BMW just shreds! Best spot is at the end of the straightaway under the short tunnel before the downshifts into the first real turn!
__________________
2009 e92 M3 Individual Laguna Seca Blue|Black Novillo|DCT|19"rims|Carbon Leather|Premium|Tech.|Heated Seats|Prem. Sound|iPod|
Mods: |Electronic Performance Steering Wheel|ZCP CF Spoiler|ZCP CF Spliters|ZCP CF Mirrors|Edition Front Grilles|Edition Side Grilles|BMW Performance Brake Handle|3D Design Pedals| Style Rumore Exhaust|H&R Springs|LCI Tails|Challenge CF Door Panels|
Lagunae92 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 11:58 AM   #11
az34
Major
 
az34's Avatar
 
Drives: 2009 z4sdrive35i 2008 x5 3.0i
Join Date: May 2011
Location: montréal

Posts: 1,015
iTrader: (0)

congrats for the BMW team,well done!
az34 is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #12
antzcrashing
... can I get a 1M
 
antzcrashing's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Miami FL

Posts: 979
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 BMW 330i  [5.00]
ALMS is awesome
__________________
antzcrashing is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #13
LuisC48
Private
 
Drives: 2007 335i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: CA

Posts: 90
iTrader: (0)

I missed it!!!! Dangit
Is there another one in so cal soon?
LuisC48 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 12:49 PM   #14
silentassasin
You wont see me coming....
 
silentassasin's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 BMW 535 M-Sport
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Orange County, CA

Posts: 1,293
iTrader: (0)

Watched bits and pieces of the race. That's great some of the board members got to see this live. I live just 30 minutes away and could not make it. There is always next year.
__________________


White on Black F10 M Sport
silentassasin is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:23 PM   #15
03BeastCharmer
Major
 
03BeastCharmer's Avatar
 
Drives: 03 M5, '13, 88 & 97 M3
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston

Posts: 1,395
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by LuisC48 View Post
I missed it!!!! Dangit
Is there another one in so cal soon?
Laguna Seca is in a few weeks, but no other California (or west coast) race on the schedule.
__________________

Current: '13 E92 M3 Euro Delivery 9/4
Wife's: E39 M5, E36 M3, E30 M3
Gone: E86 M Coupe
03BeastCharmer is online now  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:32 PM   #16
ElBolo
Drink socially?
 
ElBolo's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SoCal

Posts: 450
iTrader: (4)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ACSE90 View Post
Watched bits and pieces of the race. That's great some of the board members got to see this live. I live just 30 minutes away and could not make it. There is always next year.
Actually, i think BMW won't compete on ALMS next year ...sorry i woke up a smart ass this morning lol...
ElBolo is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #17
Rolitto
Second Lieutenant
 
Rolitto's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Beirut and Canada

Posts: 255
iTrader: (0)

That damn Corvette braked hard and spoiled us the win.
Rolitto is offline   Lebanon
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:42 PM   #18
vladberca
Brigadier General
 
vladberca's Avatar
 
Drives: '09 jetta tsi 6mt
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Craiova

Posts: 3,405
iTrader: (0)

Great result!
vladberca is offline   Romania
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #19
joshparzi
Private
 
Drives: E90 M3
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: 818 LA

Posts: 64
iTrader: (2)

saw it live! the ferrari definitely had the most intoxicating sound and backfired like crazy on downshifts. The corvette was loud as shit and the M3 just had that perfect balanced sound. M3 was going into the turns faster than any other car
joshparzi is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 02:42 PM   #20
White person
Private First Class
 
Drives: Jet black M3
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: 61727

Posts: 128
iTrader: (0)

I was watching that on speed
White person is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 02:46 PM   #21
OdomPHD
I break for no one
 
OdomPHD's Avatar
 
Drives: e9o "Vanity 2"
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: NW Florida, USA

Posts: 383
iTrader: (0)

Congrats BMW !!
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by southlight View Post
You're low-balling
OdomPHD is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-15-2012, 03:42 PM   #22
Marioalex24
First Lieutenant
 
Marioalex24's Avatar
 
Drives: E46 M3
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: So Cal

Posts: 350
iTrader: (0)

I was their as well. Bad luck for us. First the one of the m3 crashes, which makes them take the hood then the second m3 gets a flat tire. But over all it was a fun event, just a lil chilly compared to other past events.

The BMWs have a sound similar to the ferraris nice smooth and fast, but those corvette sound so loud and deep. That you can tell where their at on the track without seeming them. those exhaust were freaking louder than P1 cars. It makes me want to get a ZR1..maybe they don't handel like the M3 but they sure sound sick.

Sucks for the lotus, right off the bat they had issues. But it's cool to have more different cars enter the ALMS.
__________________
1. 2008 Mini Cooper S (sold)
2. 2011 E92 M3 (sold)
3. 2002 E46 M3 (sold)
4. 2002 E46 325i (gave it to mom)
5. 2010 E92 M3 (own)
Marioalex24 is offline   Mexico
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:52 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST