BMW M6 GTLM
This coming weekend is the start of the endurance racing season. On January 30th and 31st the 54th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place and BMW Team RLL starts the next chapter in their racing history. Last season they competed using BMW Z4s in the GTLM class, but they are replacing those with BMW M6s.
The twin-turbocharged V8 powered M6 posted the quickest time a few weeks ago at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing. The lap at the three day event was 1:45.06 which gives the team reason to be hopeful of a class victory this weekend.
In the GTLM class this season Team RLL will run two M6s. The first is the number 25 car which will be piloted by Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner for the United Sportscar Championship season. For the Rolex 24 BMW Motorsport DTM drivers Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler will be added to the team to help in the 24 race.
The other car is the number 100 car. The BMW M6 wears the number to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bavarian Motor Works. The drivers for the car will be John Edwards and Lucas Luhr will drive the car throughout the season. For Daytona Kuno Wittmer and IndyCar star Graham Rahal will join the team.
Bruno Spengler, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM: “This will be my third career 24 hour race and second consecutive Rolex 24 with BMW Team RLL. The M6 GTLM is new, but I believe it to be quite well born. We had a strong Roar test and I am very motivated for the race.”
Augusto Farfus, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM: “It’s an honor to be back with BMW Team RLL and be part of the first race of the M6 GTLM. The team did a very good job at the Roar test and the car felt very strong. Of course, in a 24-hour race anything can happen, but I think we will make a good first impression.”
Bill Auberlen, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM: “A new baby first needs to walk before it can run, but the M6 GTLM has certainly found its legs quickly as we demonstrated at the Roar test. I am very proud to be part of the team bringing another BMW racing car to the track. This is the fifth generation (E36 M3, E46 M3, E92 M3, E89 Z4, F12 M6) I’ve had the honor of racing in the last two decades.”
Dirk Werner, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM: “This year will be my ninth Rolex 24 At Daytona and I am looking forward to it as much as my first race there. For sure this year will be special. BMW celebrates its 100th anniversary and we will race the new BMW M6 GTLM for the first time. Certainly big challenges are ahead of us, but with the support of BMW Team RLL and BMW Motorsport I think we have a good chance for a podium finish.”
Graham Rahal, driver No. 100 BMW M6 GTLM: “I am thrilled to be joining BMW for a third year in a row and now in the new M6. I think they have once again assembled a great team, and with the top notch mechanics and team at RLL behind us, I think we should have a great shot to pick up my second Daytona 24 Hour win in a BMW powered machine.”
Kuno Wittmer, driver No. 100 BMW M6 GTLM: “I am really looking forward to participating in my first race for BMW. Everyone on the team has made me feel at home. We have done extensive testing with the BMW M6 GTLM. The Rolex 24 will be its first real race test. Of course, we are not treating this as a test. We are a competitive team that’s wants to win! The Rolex 24 is a daunting event. Patience is always the key.”
John Edwards, driver No. 100 BMW M6 GTLM: “We’re finally switching from testing and development into race mode. It’s been great to see the improvements made during the development process with our new M6 GTLM, and I’m confident that we’ll have good pace in 2016. We found a great car balance during the Roar test and I think we all feel ready to race. There are a lot of unanswered questions in the GTLM class this year with the addition of Ford and a new aero kit for the Corvettes, but I know that if we can just survive the first 22 hours of the race, BMW will be fighting for the win on Sunday afternoon.”
Lucas Luhr, driver No. 100 BMW M6 GTLM: “After many months of testing and developing our M6 GTLM it is time to go racing. It is a big challenge to have the Rolex 24 as our first race, but I think we are well prepared. We had a strong Roar test so I am looking forward to the race. It is going to be a very tough fight this year in the GTLM class, but I’m looking forward to another year with BMW team RLL. I love racing in the US. I think it is the best GT racing in the world.”
The Rolex 24 at Daytona will start on Saturday, January 30th at 2:40 pm ET. Coverage will be on Fox Sports 1 starting at 2:00 pm ET with the race coverage going between Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 throughout the race.
Make sure to get plenty of rest, because it’ll be time to pull an all nighter to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the race.