IMSA: Edwards and Luhr finish third at Road America
After starting at the rear of the 41-car field in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, the two BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM cars finished third and eighth in the GTLM class.
After both cars had been relegated to the back of the grid due to an infringement of the rules in qualifying, Luhr, starting the number 100 BMW M6 GTLM, and Auberlen, starting the number 25 car, took the green flag in positions 40 and 41. However, by the fifth lap they had passed the GTD class leader with Auberlen in front of Luhr, and then the fight to move back to the front was on.
John Edwards and Lucas Luhr eventually battled from 40th to finish third. Edwards said; “It is not fair to say we haven’t had pace throughout the year, but we have had a ton of back luck. We had a pretty good fight going on with a couple of cars and the way the race was unfolding towards the end I thought we had shuffled back a bit, but the last yellow bunched everybody up. It was a bit of chaos but we came out the other side with a podium. I really enjoyed this race and it is great to get some champagne again.”
Luhr added; “Finally we have a good result, even if it was a little bit lucky at the end. But over the weekend we have been on pace and had performance, apart from in qualifying. I think finally now the monkey is off our back. For everybody in the 100 crew this is great, as we were getting frustrated. For all of us today was the day.”
This performance scored not only the duo’s first podium of the season, but also the 60th podium for BMW Team RLL since 2009. Teammates Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the number 25 sister car still performed valiantly, ending the race in eighth spot. The GTLM class win went to the number 4 Corvette.
Bobby Rahal, Team Principal at BMW Team RLL, concluded; “I think we have to feel pretty happy, given where we started. It was a trouble-free race for us and we were able to take advantage of some mistakes by others. After the bad luck at Lime Rock we have recovered. All credit for the team for changing the cars so quickly. So now on to the next one at VIR.”
The next round of the tournament takes place at the Virginia International Raceway from August 26th-28th.