Auberlen and Edwards lock out front row for BMW Team RLL.Sebring (US), March 18, 2016...Strong showing by BMW Team RLL in qualifying for the 12-hour race in Sebring (US): Bill Auberlen (US) secured GTLM pole position at the wheel of the Number 25 BMW M6 GTLM, setting a best lap time of 1:58.402 minutes. John Edwards (US) finished just 0.190 seconds behind his teammate and will start the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) from P2 in the number 100 car.
In only its second appearance in the IWSC, the BMW M6 GTLM claimed its first pole position. For BMW Team RLL it was the first pole since Laguna Seca (US) 2015. Auberlen’s previous pole position dates back to last season’s Long Beach (US) race. Also at that time Edwards was in P2. Auberlen will share driving duties in the Number 25 car with Dirk Werner (DE) and BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler (CA) on Saturday. Edwards joins forces with Lucas Luhr (DE) and Kuno Wittmer (CA).
The Turner Motorsport team also experienced a successful qualifying in Sebring. For most of the session, BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE) sat on top of the GTD field at the wheel of the Number 96 BMW M6 GT3. Only in the dying moments of the session was he relegated to third, with a lap time of 2:02.660 minutes. However, this is an excellent starting position for Klingmann and his teammates Ashley Freiberg (US) and Bret Curtis (US) for Saturday’s race.
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