BMW Team RLL will be bringing their Z4s back to the heat of Monterey for the second time since retiring the M3 at the end of 2012.
This continued stay in California could be a good omen for the team – last time out at Long Beach RLL scored it’s third consecutive podium with a second place for Dirk Muller and John Edwards in the #56.
Now, with a two hour race being shared between just Prototypes and GT Le Mans contenders the hope will be that both the #56 and the #55 of Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx can improve on their second places with the M3 in 2010 and 2011.
“We have been in a position to win at Laguna Seca on several occasions, once losing it on the last lap,” said Bobby Rahal, RLL Team Principal, “and I think we have a good chance this year. We may not have the best pace for qualifying but we have several things in our favor for this round. The Z4 GTLM is a more developed car than it was last year. Unlike our main competitors, we have lots of setup and race data from last year and should be fast out of the transporter. We have proven reliability. The performance of the car in race configuration has been very strong and Laguna Seca has a lot of fast corners that work in our favor. With both cars in the championship hunt, we are looking for not just a podium finish but a win this weekend.”