At the classic Petit Le Mans, the number 25 BMW M6 GTLM with Bill Auberlen, Alexander Sims and Kuno Wittmer at the wheel won with a 1.060 second margin-of-victory over the second-placed Corvette, completing 392 laps of the 2.54-mile road course in the 10-hour contest. It was the first victory for BMW Team RLL at this event – and a very special triumph for Auberlen in his 400th race for BMW. Martin Tomczyk, John Edwards and Nick Catsburg had to retire the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM with less than one hour to go.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Auberlen and Sims conclude the IMSA season in second place, having 317 points under their belts. Tomczyk and Edwards have 262 points. In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW is in second place with 342 points after the final round.
The 20th Petit Le Mans saw the last race appearance of the BMW M6 GTLM. The car celebrated its debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016. Particularly during this second season, the GT sports car was able to prove its full potential.
BMW Team RLL claimed four victories, at Watkins Glen, Mosport, Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. Auberlen and Sims made it onto the top step of the podium on three occasions, while Tomczyk and Edwards added their maiden IMSA race win as co-drivers at Laguna Seca.
In addition, the team scored four further podium finishes and took one pole position in Austin. Since 2009 BMW Team RLL has scored 17 wins in North American sports car racing. It was the team’s first-ever GT win at Road Atlanta. Auberlen could celebrate his 400-race anniversary on the top step of the podium.