Disappointing Finish for BMW Team RLL at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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BMW’s Motorsport plans failed this weekend, not only in the DTM but across the Atlantic as well. In the American United SportsCar Championship the best result recorded by BMW Team RLL was sixth place after a hard fight with their No. 56 BMW Z4 GTLM car, at the Sahlen Six Hours of the Glen endurance race.
John Edwards and Dirk Muller posted the best finish while Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx with their number 55 Z4 car had to make 10 pitstops because of a myriad of problems. Therefore, despite starting off from the pole position, they ended up finishing 10th and losing the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Over the course of the race, they were also extremely unlucky. A stop-and-hold penalty for avoidable contact by Auberlen, just before the third hour, combined with no less than three tire punctures basically ruined their race.

The race was won by the number 3 Corvette, after 185 3.4-mile laps covered during the six-hour endurance event.

“It was a disappointing race after performing so strongly all weekend in qualifying and practice,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager.

“That’s how it goes sometimes. I think the pace of the Corvettes during the race surprised us. However, it is now on to Canada and we’ll continue the fight. Congratulations to Will Turner and the Turner Motorsport guys on their second victory with the Z4 GTD. It was a dominating win and hopefully more victories will come for them during the season,” he added.

Round Six of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will take place at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, July 13th. On the same day, BMW’s 8 DTM teams will also race in Moscow, in the fifth event of the season.
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