Auberlen and Werner win from pole, Edwards and Luhr finish fifth.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 18, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit during the 100-minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari.
The victory was the first for BMW Team RLL since a win at Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the program's inception in 2009. The win also moves Auberlen's tally of all-time North American sports car victories to 54, second only to Scott Pruett (59).
Auberlen started the race from the pole but both he and John Edwards, in the No. 24 car on the outside of the front row, were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. Both BMWs held station for the opening stint with Auberlen the first in the class to pit on lap 31. A poorly venting fuel tank and slow fuel fill delayed Werner's departure from the pits after he exchanged with Auberlen. He dropped to fifth place as Luhr, entering the No. 24 car on the next lap, benefited from usual quick team service and took over the second position.
Posted: April 20, 2015, 6:30 pm
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