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BMW Team RLL carries winning momentum to Petit Le Mans.

BMW Team RLL will close the team’s ninth year of sports car competition with the running of this Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans. The 10-hour race at Road Atlanta is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and sets the perfect stage for a very special landmark for Bill Auberlen.

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.

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400 races for BMW? It has been great, but I don’t often look back. Bring on the next one!
Bill Auberlen, No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL):

“I think that victory at Laguna Seca was perhaps our finest with BMW in the many years of our partnership. It really was a great win for BMW Team RLL and to be able to continue that momentum to the Petit Le Mans should help us end the season strongly. Petit has been kind of a challenging experience for us over the years. We have secured the championship there a few times and been on the podium a couple of times but it's like anything with a race of that length – and especially on that circuit – there are a lot of things that can happen. But having said that, I think we have a good feel for the car now and BMW has done a great job and I think this year is probably our best chance to win the race. It's going to be a tough fight, it always is there, but based on our competitiveness at places like Road America, Mosport, VIR and others, there is no reason why we shouldn't be pretty good at Road Atlanta. We want to finish the season on a high note.”

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