The American, who has contested more than 250 races with cars from Munich – including the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR and equally iconic BMW M3 GTR – has a knack of being the first to win with new models. For example, he was at the wheel of the BMW M3 GT when it claimed its maiden win in 2009. Four years later he recorded the first victory with the new BMW Z4 GTE. Together with Dirk Werner, he was responsible for BMW’s first success in the USCC last year.
Because of this, Bill Auberlen, in his eighth season with BMW Team RLL, was the perfect man for the new BMW M6 GTLM’s first season. After the American and Dirk Werner only narrowly missed out on the 2015 title in the GTLM class, the 2016 season turned out to be more difficult. Despite initial difficulties with the new car and bad luck in qualifying, the duo clinched two podiums with the BMW M6 GTLM.
Auberlen is a motorsport all-rounder, whose talents transcend driving – a discipline in which he won the touring car class in the Speed World Challenge in 2003 and 2004, and won a record six races in a row en route to the GT title in the 2004 GRAND-AM Series. Away from his motorsport career, he also develops fast motor boats and high-performance motorcycles.