BMW Team RLL will be looking to turn their fortunes around as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) heads to the second street race of the year, the Grand Prix of Baltimore.
After a run of disappointing results at Road America and Mosport, the team have slipped down the GT standings, with Dirk Muller dropping from the championship lead down to a three-way tie for third, five points off the top of the table.
The team took victories at both Long Beach and Lime Rock Park and will be hoping the similar nature of the Baltimore street circuit will suit the two Z4 GTEs and see them reignite their championship charge.
“Baltimore is a track that we probably should have had a little more success than we have had,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “The first year we were leading and we got taken out by one of the Corvettes. Last year we were leading when the officials black flagged us for intimidating a slower car that spun and hit the wall in front of us. There was no contact and we didn’t agree with the call but that ended our podium chances. We have qualified well and finished reasonably well the past two years. I think that our new Z4 will be even better suited for the circuit than the M3 was so my expectation is that, like Long Beach, we should be competitive. Like any street circuit, there will be a lot of pushing and shoving and a lot of opportunities to make mistakes so it’s just going to be all about being smart.”
“Back to street racing and I am really looking forward to it,” added Muller. “I love racing at Baltimore and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of our Z4 and race between those tight walls! Hopefully we’ve got our tough luck crossed out as the team is really motivated and well prepared.”