In making the 550th start in his professional career, Auberlen will celebrate his 400th start in a BMW. Joining BMW Team PTG in 1996, Auberlen has remained a part of every BMW North America racing programme for more than two decades. Racing for BMW Team RLL since 2009, Auberlen has co-driven to the first victory for each model contested – the BMW M3, BMW Z4 and BMW M6. One of the world’s best, Auberlen stands first in all-time North American pole positions and second in all-time victories.
BMW Team RLL arrives at Petit Le Mans having won its third race of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The victory by John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk, driving the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM, adds to the duo’s three other podiums this season to take them to sixth in GTLM driver points. Nicky Catsburg will support Edwards and Tomczyk in the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM for Petit Le Mans as he did at Sebring.
Teammates Auberlen and Alexander Sims stand third in GTLM driver points having won two races in the number 25 BMW M6 GTLM in addition to one second place finish. Kuno Wittmer will join Auberlen and Sims at Petit Le Mans. BMW stands third in GTLM manufacturer points, nine points from the leader.