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.