Auberlen on pole, Luhr sixth.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 15, 2016... Bill Auberlen continued his dominance of the Long Beach streets by scoring the pole position for tomorrow’s 100-minute Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix At Long Beach. Driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL M6 to a 1:17.272 minute lap around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, he bested the GTLM field for the second consecutive year at Long Beach, and the second consecutive race of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Last year, Auberlen and co-driver Dirk Werner won the race. Teammate Lucas Luhr qualified the No. 100 M6 in the sixth position with a quick lap of 1.18.105 minutes. Luhr will co-drive with John Edwards in tomorrow’s race.
BMW Team RLL has had more success at Long Beach than at any other venue that has played host to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since its inaugural season in 2009, the team has not failed to finish the race without at least one BMW on the podium at Long Beach. The Bobby Rahal-led team has won the race three times: once with the BMW M3 in 2011 and twice with the BMW Z4, in 2013 and 2015.
In this morning’s two-hour practice session, the No. 100 M6 finished with the second –quickest time (1:18.579), with the No. 25 M6 eighth (1:19.148). A 25-minute practice session led into qualifying with the No. 25 M6 third (1:18.091) and the No. 100 M6 sixth (1:18.508).
Posted: April 18, 2016, 7:37 pm
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