The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team will look to continue the momentum made in the first half of its inaugural season as the American Le Mans Series heads to Lime Rock Park following the summer break.
BMW has enjoyed strong form in the past at the Lime Rock circuit, with the M3 racing in five different series over the course of nine seasons – never failing to reach to the podium in the process and picking up six wins.
“Lime Rock Park provides the perfect stage for an excellent handling car and the BMW M3 has always had an affinity for the track,” Martin Birkmann, BMW North America Motorsport Manager, said. “We believe the progress made during the break will help us continue to close the gap to our competition and give the fans at Lime Rock an excellent show.
“The mountain season has begun! Up to this point, we have not seen any elevation changes but, starting with Lime Rock, every track will include up and down hill sections that better suit the balance and handling strengths of the BMW M3.”
The Bill Auberlen/Joey Hand combination in the #90 M3 is an especially strong one at Lime Rock Park. Auberlen is one of the most dominant drivers in track history, with more wins at Lime Rock in a BMW than any other driver.
“I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but Lime Rock is like a close friend,” he said. “It may sound strange. I just seem to know what the track is thinking. And in a BMW everything becomes just that much more focused.”
Dirk Muller meanwhile will again share the #92 with Tom Milner and he too said he was looking forward to the event.
“A race at Lime Rock can quickly become a traffic management issue,” he said. “With fewer prototypes in the field this year perhaps we will be able to focus more on our race, but you must always drive with your mirrors there.”