Time For BMW, Rahal Letterman Victory at Lime Rock?

By Auto News Log • July 16th, 2010

Manufacturer has been close, enters leading GT championship

A visit to historic Lime Rock Park might be coming at just the right time for BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team. Following last week’s race in Utah, BMW leads the manufacturers championship in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. BMW/RLR also took the lead in the GT team championship for the first time since its partnership started last season.

If momentum counts for anything – and many competitors will say it does – things look pretty bright for followers of the Roundel with the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix a little more than a week away. BMW Rahal Letterman is the only team in class to put at least one car on the podium at each of the American Le Mans Series’ first four events. The marque hasn’t won a Series race at Lime Rock Park but the characteristics of both the track and the car should make the two BMW M3 GTs among the class favorites.

“Lime Rock Park is all business. It is super-fast, corner after corner with no time to rest,” said Joey Hand, who finished third in class with Bill Auberlen in 2006 and 2008 – driving BMWs both years. He’ll drive this time with Dirk Müller; Auberlen will team with Tommy Milner.

BMW also happens to the Official Car of Lime Rock Park.

“It is about every second on the limit,” Hand added. “Deep brakes into Turn 1 is how you make the best pass. The Uphill is now a chicane and you must be very aggressive through that section using curbs, touching tires at the apex and even cutting through the grass when you need to. The exit of West Bend is critical because the Downhill is now flat. When it is all said and done, Lime Rock Park is BMW’s home track and the BMW M3 definitely has a home track advantage – handling!”

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix is the fifth round of the 2010 season. The two-hour, 45-minute race is set for 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. SPEED will air the race live at 2 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

Source: American Le Mans Series


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