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BMW squad chasing Long Beach podium

Fresh from a first podium finish on the streets of St Petersburg last time out, BMW Rahal Letterman Racing will look to fight for another top three finish this weekend as the American Le Mans Series heads to Long Beach for round three.

The event will mark the first outing at Long Beach for the M3, with the faster corners at the venue set to play to the strengths of the car.

Tommy Milner and Dirk Müller took the #92 M3 to the team's first podium finish at St. Pete in a strong performance that saw Müller race towards the front of the GT2 field in the final minutes of the race and the German said he was looking forward to the Long Beach weekend.

“I am very much looking forward to Long Beach,” he said. “I have liked the track since my very first race there two years ago. Long Beach is a very technical circuit and I believe well-suited to the BMW M3.”

Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand meanwhile will hope to use their home court advantage to give the #90 M3 a strong start to the season, albeit a late one, after a difficult start to the new campaign.

“I was very comfortable in the M3 at St. Pete and know the agility of the car will translate well to the slightly wider Long Beach circuit where the cornering speeds are higher,” said Hand. “One of the keys is to be the best off the hairpin so we can hang down the long straight. Long Beach is the race I'd like to win more than anything.”


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