IMSA: More Points for BMW Team RLL at Virginia International Raceway
Over the weekend of August 27th and 28th the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship moved over to the Virginia International Raceway, with the meeting proving relatively successful for BMW Team RLL. It was a comparatively incident free meeting, with just one full course yellow flag throughout the two-hour-and-forty-minute race. During this time, the BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM cars completed 90 laps of the 3.27 mile 18 turn circuit.
The number 100 car of John Edwards was compromised early on when, at the end of lap 13 he lost his right rear wheel. He managed to nurse the car back to the pits for a new set of wheels and fuel, but his fortune was still not in as he subsequently received a drive through penalty for a pit infringement. Despite changing strategy and pushing hard, Edwards and team mate Luhr couldn’t make up all of the lost ground and ultimately finished eighth.
Edwards said; “It was a really hard race. Now we just have to regroup. We are testing this week in Austin to get ready for the next one and to figure out how we can compete again on the pace. We had such an unlucky start at the beginning of the year and this is not really what it is about, as we are here to go for podiums and wins.”
In the Number 25 sister car of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner the race was far more straightforward. A two-stop strategy, with the car coming in on laps 30 and 61 for what were textbook pit stops. Whilst the team mates couldn’t make any headway in reaching the front, the sole yellow flag incident (involving a Corvette) and a subsequent incident involving a Porsche and Ferrari two minutes before the race finished meant the number 25 car claimed a solid fifth place.
Werner commented; “It was a difficult race for us, as we just didn’t have the pace to run for a win. We gave it everything we had and the team did fantastic pit stops. The positive from this is Bill and I got points for P5 and this helps as we are trying to stay close to P3 in the drivers’ championship. We will keep on working to get more of the car and look forward to the next race.”
The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on September 17th.