2016 BMW M6 GTLM endurance racer to have first public test debut at Daytona Speedway

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 16, 2015

The new BMW M6 GTLM, the carmaker’s latest endurance racer, will have its first-ever public test at the IMSA test at Daytona International Speedway (Nov. 17-18, 2015) at the hands of the BMW Team RLL. It was announced last season that BMW Team RLL would field two M6 GTLM race cars in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Weeks prior, the M6 GTLM had its first test in the United States at Sebring International Raceway in October. The three-day test also involved a BMW M6 GT3 that will serve as the basis for the carmaker’s global customer racing program.

M6 GTLM was piloted by 2015 season drivers Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner, John Edwards and 2014 GTLM driver champion Kuno Wittmer. Wittmer recently signed with BMW of North America to participate in three endurance races of the IMSA Championship: the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans.

He will also take part in the development of the M6 GT3. The successful Sebring test gave 2015 BMW Motorsport Junior driver Trent Hindman a chance to test the Z4 GTLM that was used in 2014. Hindman was able to quickly learn the ropes of driving the Z4 GTLM, after getting briefed by BMW Team RLL driver John Edwards.

Edwards was Hindman’s co-driver when he captured the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport class drivers championship. With his BMW Motorsport Junior teammates, Hindman co-drove a BMW M235i Racing to a win at the 12 Hour race in Brno, Czech Republic, and a week after, he took a BMW M3 to victory at the season ending CTSC race at Road Atlanta.

On the other hand, for the IMSA test at Daytona, the M6 GTLM will be piloted by Auberlen, Edwards, Lucas Luhr and BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler, who took part in the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona as part of the BMW Team RLL. Hindman will be with BMW Team RLL to observe the Daytona test, but will not be driving.

Next year will be BMW Team RLL’s eighth successful racing season for BMW in North America, stockpiling 57 podium finishes with 13 wins. BMW Team RLL ranked second in last year’s GTLM class Manufacturer, Team and Drivers championships. The M6 GTLM is set to become BMW Team RLL’s third BMW model to be fielded on races, following the BMW M3 and the Z4.

Press Release

2016 BMW M6 GTLM TO MAKE US PUBLIC DEBUT AT NOV. 17-18 IMSA DAYTONA TEST

BMW Team RLL will participate in the Nov. 17-18 IMSA test at Daytona International Speedway marking the first public test of BMW’s latest endurance racing challenger, the BMW M6 GTLM. As announced during last season’s Petit Le Mans weekend, BMW Team RLL is expected to campaign two M6 GTLM race cars in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The M6 GTLM recently completed its first US test at Sebring International Raceway in late October along with a M6 GT3 machine that will provide the foundation for BMW’s worldwide customer racing program. 2015 season drivers Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner and John Edwards participated at Sebring along with 2014 GTLM driver champion Kuno Wittmer, who has signed with BMW of North America to compete in the three endurance classics of the IMSA Championship – namely the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans. Wittmer will also participate in the development of the new race car. At the Daytona test the drivers will be Auberlen, Edwards, Lucas Luhr and BMW DTM driver Bruno Spengler. Spengler raced the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona with BMW Team RLL.

The three-day Sebring test was a successful one and was also notable as it provided the opportunity for 2015 BMW Motorsport Junior driver Trent Hindman to test last year’s Z4

GTLM. The 20-year old proved to be a quick study and was rapidly up to speed in the No. 24 car after being briefed by BMW Team RLL driver John Edwards. Edwards co-drove with Hindman to the youngster’s 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport class drivers championship. Named as a BMW Motorsport Junior driver in 2015, Hindman raced twice in Europe with his Junior teammates. In October, one weekend after co-driving to the win at the season ending CTSC race at Road Atlanta in a BMW M3, Hindman co-drove to the victory in a BMW M235i Racing with his Junior teammates at the 12 Hour race in Brno, Czech Republic. Although not driving, Hindman will join BMW Team RLL to observe the Daytona test.

2016 will mark BMW Team RLL’s eighth season of successfully racing for BMW in North America. The M6 GTLM will be the third BMW model campaigned by the team. In the past seven seasons, racing first with the BMW M3 and then the Z4, the team has amassed 57 podiums, including 13 wins. The team finished second in last year’s GTLM class Manufacturer, Team and Drivers championships.

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship begins with the 54th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 30-31, 2016. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for updates.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 148 BMW motorcycle retailers, 123 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

The BMW Group

With its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2014, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.118 million cars and 123,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2013 was euro 7.91 billion on revenues amounting to approximately euro 76.06 billion. As of 31 December 2013, the BMW Group had a workforce of 110,351 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over two decades. Prior to the start of their 25th season of competition in 2016, the team has compiled 37 victories, 49 poles, 144 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011) and claimed an Indianapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles - Manufacturer, Team and Driver – in 2011. In 2012 the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championship. The 2014 season brought a new challenge with the creation of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the team finished on the podium six times including four second-place finishes. In 2015, the team earned three wins, two poles and a total of eight podium finishes to finish second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships. Prior to the start of the 2016 season BMW Team RLL had won 13 races, 20 poles and 57 podium finishes.

Topics: bmw, bmw m6, coupe, race car

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Carbon fiber has become a trend for cars nowadays. It is like the “diet pill” for cars. The car’s weight can be reduced greatly when certain parts or even entire...
by - July 21, 2016
The new Acura EV Concept will be fielded in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as powered by an evolved version of the...
by - July 13, 2016
The 24 Hours of Le Mans or sometimes called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency” is an annual active sports car race held near the town of Le Mans...
by - July 1, 2016
Citroën Racing is continuing to develop their 2017 World Rally Car in Portugal, less than a month after the race. Kris Meeke and Stéphane Lefebvre achieved considerable mileage during the...
by - May 23, 2016
A distinct example of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will be the pace car at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. This version of the 2017 Camaro...
by - May 4, 2016