BMW Team RLL - Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 10, 2016… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM, finished fourth in today’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix, at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The duo completed 119 laps of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit during the two-hour-and-forty-minute race. Teammates John Edwards and Lucas Luhr, driving the No. 100 M6 GTLM, finished ninth after power steering repairs in the first hour of the race cost the pair 11 laps.
The BMW highlight of the weekend was a GTD class win for the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 of Bret Curtis and BMW Motorsport driver Jens Klingmann. This marked the very first victory for the new M6 platform in North America. Turner Motorsport also scored the BMW Z4’s first North American win in 2014 on the way to the GTD class championship.
The opening stages of the race saw Auberlen, starting in the fifth position, move past Luhr, starting in fourth, on the opening lap. On the very next lap a strong outside pass of Richard Westbrook’s Ford GT in turn eight saw the Californian take second. Luhr held onto the fifth position, but it quickly became clear that there was a lack of performance with the No. 100 M6. He hung on until pitting on lap 21 where it was determined to take the car to the paddock for repairs to the power steering unit. At the 40 minute mark, Auberlen moved the No. 25 M6 into second on lap 32 and the No. 100 M6, now with John Edwards behind the wheel, rejoined the race 11 laps down. On lap 37 Auberlen pitted under green from second to hand off to Dirk Werner. A quick stop by the No. 25 crew kept the BMW Motorsport driver in second place. Werner set the race’s fastest lap (1:15.482 minutes) on lap 46. With 50 laps complete Werner continued to give strong chase, only .525 seconds behind the leading Corvette.
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