BMW Team RLL take “awesome” 1-2 finish in Canada


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Managing the variable conditions effectively at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the BMW Team RLL was able to secure a one-two finish in the GT Le Mans class of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The #25 M6 GTLM of Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims took its second class victory in a row, having won last time out at Watkins Glen. Starting second, a pair of downpours had the potential to shake up the order, but the BMW Team RLL outfit was able to keep both cars at the front of the pack.

“That was an awesome race!” said Sims. “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.”

“Today is as good as it gets,” Auberlen added, before paying tribute to his team-mate. “Alex did a great job today no matter what the weather. I am proud to share my 57th win with him.”

The #24 M6 GTLM had a less easy ride to second; starting fourth, the duo of Martin Tomcyzk and John Edwards had to do battle with the #911 Porsche of Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner before the Porsche dropped down the order after the fuel pressure alarm went off.

Edwards said: “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.”

“What an exciting race!” said Tomcyzk. “We have all worked very hard to get to this point and a one-two is a fabulous result for BMW.”