BMW Team RLL secures pole position at Grand Prix of Baltimore

Bill Auberlen sets qualifying record.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 30, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL will start Saturday’s American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Baltimore from the front of the GT class grid. The 1-2 qualifying effort was the second such result this year for the BMW Z4 GTE in its debut year. The previous front row sweep came in Round 4 at Lime Rock Park in July.

Bill Auberlen, Maxime Martin
Bill Auberlen, Maxime Martin

Photo by: Martin W. Spetz

Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE on the pole with a 1:29.560 minute lap around the 2.02-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit to set a new qualifying record. He will co-drive with Maxime Martin in tomorrow’s two-hour contest.

Joey Hand qualified the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE second with a 1:29.795 minute lap, but, following the post-qualifying technical inspection, he will start the Grand Prix of Baltimore from P11, due to a ride height issue.

He will co-drive with Dirk Müller. Both BMW racers set their quickest times on the seventh lap of nine in the 15-minute session, and were the only cars in the 11-car GT class to qualify in the 1:29-minute bracket.

“Because this is a street circuit that emphasizes handling and braking, I felt we could be strong here,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “Certainly, Qualifying showed that. Obviously, I am pleased with the performance of the cars, but as we’ve seen in previous years here we’ll need some luck in the race tomorrow.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (1st) – “I am obviously in very good company on the front row and I could not be prouder. All my laps were clean and fast. I was last in the queue and when I went through the chicane the last time I saw the tires had been moved so perhaps someone could have gotten a quicker lap. We were low on fuel so I may not have been able to defend. Luckily the flag came out to end the session.”

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