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First BMW test for Rahal Letterman.

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing has concluded its first day of running with the new GT2-spec BMW M3 it will campaign in the American Le Mans series next season.

Former ALMS GT champion and works BMW driver Jorg Muller spent most of the time behind the wheel on Wednesday at Road Atlanta as the team kicked-off a two-day test, which marked the start of its relationship with the car that has already undergone a series of tests back in Europe.

The move to BMW will mark a return to the ALMS for the Rahal team having campaigned a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR back in 2007 and team boss Bobby Rahal said he was excited about the new venture.

"It's a great relationship between Rahal Letterman and BMW North America," he said. "Sports car racing is where I got my start so there were a lot of emotional reasons for being involved but there also were a variety of business-related reasons as well.

"With all due respect to our prototype friends, GT2 will truly be one for the ages. We are part of BMW returning, you have Corvette moving from GT1 and GT2 plus Panoz, Porsche and Ferrari. It will be extremely tough, competitive racing."

The M3 also will test Thursday at Road Atlanta before another test session next week at Sebring International Raceway, site of the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The car will debut at Sebring, with Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand named as the first drivers.


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The new GT2 BMW M3 during testing at Sebring
Brian Redman piloting the Chevron B16 of ALMS boss Bobby Rahal at Sebring [Pic credit: Legends of Motorsports]
ALMS team boss Bobby Rahal in action in his Chevron B16 at Silverstone [Pic credit: Charlie Wooding]
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#92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 followed by #62 & #61 Ferrari, #23 Porsche, #45 Porsche and #04 Ford GT.
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#92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 follows field through turn one.
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#3 & #4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 follow #90 BMW and #01 Ferrari up hill to turn two.
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#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT-E followed by #01 Ferrari, #92 BMW and #61 Ferrari.
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#92 & #90  BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3.
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BMW`s Tom Milner chatting with Bill Auberlin and Dirk Werner.
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#911 Porsche Motorsports North America Porsche 911 GT3R-Hybrid and #90 BMW.
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#92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3.
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#90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 entering pitlane.
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#01 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F430 GT-E and #90 BMW.
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#92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 and #7 Audi.
29 September-2 October, 2010, Braselton, Georgia USA.
#911 Porsche Motorsports North America Porsche 911 GT3R-Hybrid and #90 BMW.
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#911 Porsche Motorsports North America Porsche 911 GT3R-Hybrid, #01 Ferrari and  #92 BMW.
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#92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3.

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