BMW M6 GTLM Kicked Ass at Mosport This Weekend

by Member - Michael Accardi on July 10, 2017, 12:09 pm

One week after securing the M6 GTLM's first ever win, Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims were back to repeat the feat as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rolled into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park just outside of Toronto this weekend.

This time, the No.25 car of Auberlin and Sims was joined by its sister, the No.24 M6 GTLM, driven by teammates John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk. The finish gives BMW Team RLL its first 1-2 finish since Long Beach in 2013.

P2 also marks the best finish of the season for the No.24 car.

Auberlin wasted no time once the race went green, shooting up to first place in GTLM, being kept honest by his teammate and one of the 911s, which would later bow out with fuel issues in the closing stages.

After the driver stops, Sims had a two-second lead, while Edwards sat 8 seconds back with the No.911 Porsche 911 sandwiched between the pair of RLL cars. With 10 minutes left the race's first full cause caution would fly, during which the sky suddenly opened up and drenched the track, but it would leave as quickly as it came, stopping before cars were even back to racing speeds.

The cars would survive another bout of rain with mere minutes left on the clock, but a casualty in the Prototype class would seal the 1-2 for Team RLL after the race was forced to end under caution.

“The weather caused some concern, but we had the pace and were able to control the race,” said Neil Fife, BMW Team RLL Race Engineer. “It has been an enormous effort to get us to this point and we are very pleased to race the M6 to a 1-2 finish. Great job by everyone.”

The IMSA paddock now gets a few weeks off in preparation for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on Sunday, August 6.

Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM): “Today is as good as it gets. Alex did a great job today no matter what the weather. I am proud to share my 57th win with him.”

Alexander Sims (No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM): “That was an awesome race! There was quite a bit of ducking and diving, but even when the rain fell and we were still on slicks I believe we were the strongest car. Honestly, my first five or six laps were spent still getting comfortable with this track, but once I found the groove I really started to love this place.”

John Edwards (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “That was a stressful, but enjoyable race. I had a great battle with Pilet in the Porsche. The rain made for a lot of close calls, but we came away with a one-two for the BMW M6 GTLM.”

Martin Tomczyk (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “What an exciting race! We have all worked very hard to get to this point and a one-two is a fabulous result for BMW.”

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