BMW Team RLL is set to restart their season after taking a break for 8 weeks from the action at 24 Hours of Le Mans in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. This is set to happen on June 28th with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Incidentally, Watkins Glen International will also be the site where the new BMW M6 GT3 and the BMW M235i Racing cars will be revealed to North American audiences. Acting as a replacement for the Z4 GT3, the M6 GT3 is expected to deliver on every level when it debuts on 2016. Likewise, the M235i Racing is set to be available next year to North American buyers.
At the moment, BMW Team RLL is at the top of Manufacturer points in the GTLM class, beating Chevrolet by two points. This is because of their two wins and two runner-up scores during the first 4 races of the season. Overall, the team is second and third for the team points while in the driver points they also rank the same.
During the 2-day test at Wakins Glen, the team’s efforts to squeeze in the time proved to be quite productive and this was days before they went and joined the RLL IndyCar team which will be participating in the Indianapolis 500. During that time, over 200 laps were run by the team on the circuit that spans 3.4 miles and 11 turns, which also hosted the US Grand Prix spanning from 1961 to 1980.
During the previous year, driver Andy Priaulx managed to get the No. 55 Z4 qualified for the 6-hour contest’s class pole. Unfortunately he only finished 6th and 10th after being unable to keep up with how long the stints of the race lasted.
“Interestingly enough, I wasn’t confident about our abilities at Laguna Seca and yet obviously we had a pretty good result,” said the Team Principal Bobby Rahal. “Watkins Glen is a faster circuit than Laguna but it’s still all about handling so I actually feel somewhat better about our chances. Last year we qualified on pole at Watkins Glen but it was a difficult race for us, we had all kinds of issues with one car and we didn’t finish very well. I think it will be a tough, competitive race but I’m optimistic that if we minimize mistakes we can capture another podium.”