Darren Turner took his second podium of the 2017 European Le Mans Series yesterday with a third place finish at Monza in Italy. After two rounds of the championship the Beechdean AMR team lies in third place in the standings.

The #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE had a Balance of Performance change before the race and Ross Gunn had to accept seventh place when qualifying for Sunday’s race.  It was then team boss Andrew Howard who took the start of the ‘4 Hours of Monza’.

“Andrew did a great job in the opening stint,” said Turner. “Monza was an eventful race with many incidents throughout and a few Full Course Yellows. Andrew had strong pace and worked his way up to fifth during the stint. This was the start of us going forward in the race.”

All of the on track incidents kept Beechdean AMR busy throughout the race, with the team working hard to keep on top of multiple strategy changes, in order to make the most of every opportunity that came their way.

Gunn was up next and he did a good job of piling on the pressure to the cars in front. He pitted early due to a Full Course Yellow then rejoined and completed a full stint after that.

“It was hard to know exactly where we were up to at that point,” said Turner. “The cars were all on different strategies and we didn’t know who was going to need a splash and dash at the end.”

With 90 minutes of the race left to run, Turner jumped in to continue the battle. He had a smooth run with no disruptions before handing the car back to Gunn for the short run to the chequered flag. The team opted to just change the left side tyres, which bought time in the pits and helped Gunn to grab third place.

“It was good to go from Saturday’s disappointing qualifying to a podium finish on Sunday,” said Turner. “A great strategy from the team and Andrew’s strong opening stint really helped us. While it is good to get a second podium, our objective for the next race has to be first or second place.

“It’s great that the ELMS has an event at Monza now,” he continued. “It’s such a beautiful ‘old school’ circuit and it made for great racing and many interesting battles.”

The next round of the European Le Mans Series takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in July after the traditional break in the calendar for June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Darren Turner Press Release

GTE podium for Darren Turner in 4 Hours of Monza


After finishing fourth in the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza three weeks ago, the Kaspersky Motorsport team was back in action for Round 2 today at another historic venue, the Silverstone Circuit in the UK.

Driving the green, white and red Ferrari 488 GT3, prepared by AF Corse, the trio made up of Italians Giancarlo Fisichella and Marco Cioci and Englishman James Calado were in optimistic mood going into the event.

However, this was not to be a successful weekend and the final result – a disappointing 23rd place - didn’t live up to expectations, nor did it reflect what our talented trio is capable of. At least prequalifying on Saturday did go well and the #55 car was fastest, but qualifying itself on Sunday morning set the tone for the rest of a difficult day. Marco Cioci was first to try his hand at the quick lap and was second quickest, but when it was Giancarlo Fisichella’s turn, he got caught out in some traffic – did we mention there were over 50 cars on track – and set the fourth best time. Then, when James Calado, looking forward to a good weekend in his homeland, got behind the wheel, not only did he encounter traffic, he also could not push flat out as yellow flags were waved for another incident.

It meant that Kaspersky Motorsport would start the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship from 13th place on the grid: not what we had expected after all three drivers had felt the Ferrari was working really well and everyone was pleased with the setups they had dialled into the Prancing Horse car.

However, Marco Cioci was given a penalty for apparently jumping the start and there were two more to come. They were handed out to Fisichella for collisions with a Bentley and a McLaren. Certainly, when it comes to the first of these infringements, the team, while of course accepting the decision of the stewards, because there is no point contesting it, feels it was unfairly treated as Giancarlo had placed our car completely inside the other car. However, this is motorsport and so we just move on.

Giancarlo Fisichella: “It was a difficult race and I have mixed feelings to be honest. It’s a great track with a lot of history, especially in endurance racing. The fans are real motorsport enthusiasts and we usually see a big crowd. Today has been challenging! The whole team is motivated and determined for this season. We wanted to win, there is no doubt about that, but we know it would be a tough fight. The result is disappointing because we could have had a good result. We showed our performance and we will come back stronger for the next race”.

James Calado: “Silverstone is my home race, a track I’ve raced on many, many times. We are here to win races so that was the target today. It was a tricky race especially with traffic but we had a competitive car and we arrived there well prepared. It was challenging as always in Blancpain races, but we wanted to show what we could do. The whole team performed well and fought right to the chequered flag. Of course it is disappointing not to have a car on the podium but I am proud of the team for their determination and fighting spirit today, particularly the mechanics who worked at such speed. Now I’m ready to fight back at Paul Ricard!

Marco Cioci: “It was a dramatic race; I hope the fans enjoyed it. We got three drive-through penalties. These things can happen in endurance racing but it’s really frustrating for me and the car crew. On the plus side, it’s been a very productive weekend from a technical point of view; having the chance to get data with the #55 car is helpful for our Paul Ricard preparations. A tough weekend but we had a good car so now we look forward to the next race”.

And that next race takes place at Paul Ricard on 24th June.

Kaspersky Motorsport Press Release

Penalties wreck Kaspersky Motorsport's race at Silverstone


It wasn’t a lucky home race for Joel Camathias, today’s 4 Ore di Monza. The Swiss driver, together with team mates Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli at the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR by Proton Competition, has finished 5th a race influenced by strategies and safety-car periods.

The result leaves some regrets, given the competitiveness shown by the package during practice and in the initial hour of the race, but the points gained will be very useful towards the rest of the European Le Mans Series season, whose next stop will be at the Red Bull Ring, in Austria, on 22-23 July.

Joel Camathias:

We are clearly a lit bit disappointed not to clinch a better result than 5th, in front of so many friends and fans that came from Canton Ticino, mainly because the car and the driver line-up was probably worth something more, but that’s racing. Unfortunately, the safety-car period at the end of the first hour ruined our race strategy and we had to do a splash-and-dash in the final minutes. A pity, but we’ll try to do better next time. Still, for us from Canton Ticino, there is something to celebrate today at Monza, as my friend Stefano Comini won in the race of the TCR International Series. Well done!” ​

Joel Camathias Press Release

Joel Camathias: "The car and the driver line-up was probably worth something more"


With momentum on their side following a dominant showing last time out at Silverstone in the European Le Mans Series, TF Sport were aiming to make it back-to-back victories this weekend (12-14 May, 2017) at Monza. Having qualified fourth and run in a similar position in the early stages of the race, a strong recovery drive brought a near perfect runner-up position and cemented the lead in the LMGTE standings heading to Le Mans.

That was a big turn-around,” TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier began. “We were just running around really early on and I thought we’d maybe finish fourth…

Our pace was actually much better than we expected it would be after qualifying, so we were right there in terms of lap time. Today we made the right calls as to when to pit and this helped gain two positions, so it was a mix of strategy and better than expected race-pace that turned it around for us today.”

Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim teamed up once again at the wheel of the #90 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE but it quickly became clear in practice and qualifying that the Balance of Performance changes made after Silverstone would make round two a more difficult affair.

Losing out in terms of pure straight-line speed, qualifying saw Thiim pushing to the maximum but only able to record the fourth fastest time. Race day followed a similar pattern initially, with Yoluc taking the start and struggling to maintain position, pitting and handing over to Hankey in sixth place.

Hankey was soon in a great battle with the Beechdean Aston Martin, gaining the position and then dropping ground after taking a strategy stop for fuel, whilst under a full course yellow. This later helped TF Sport make further gains.

Thiim put in another impressive performance, gaining two positions on track and further positions as strategy came into play to run second before handing back to Hankey for the final push with less than an hour remaining.

Closing down the gap to the eventual race winner to just eight seconds, Hankey brought the Vantage GTE home in an impressive second position, maintaining the lead in the championship by nine points over JMW Motorsport.

P2 in the end is good as it was quite an intense race, a lot of strategy going on because of the many full course yellows,” said Thiim. “Everything got out of sequence with the other cars pitting at different times to us so in the end we finished eight seconds behind the winner. Which is alright and it’s the points that count and today we got 18 of them and I can’t wait for next ELMS race at the Red Bull Ring.”

The team now begin preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that takes place 17 – 18 June, with the next ELMS race in Austria on 23 July.

TF Sport Press Release

TF Sport Aston Martin takes second in GTE in 4 Hours of Monza


The JMW Motorsport team has won the GTE class in the 4 Hours of Monza. The famous Temple of Speed played host to the second round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

The winning #66 Ferrari 458 Italia was shared by Robert Smith, Jody Fannin and Jonathan Cocker . They completed a total of 121 laps and were  twenty-second overall.

It was the last race for JMW Motorsport with the all-conquering Ferrari 458 Italia. Starting from next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans, the British squad will be racing the Ferrari 488 GTE.

Second place in GTE went to TF Sport with their #90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim.

Andrew Howard, Ross Gunn and Darren Turner completed the top-three in class driving the Beechdean AMR-run #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

.The Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GTE was fourth. The Proton Competition #77 Porsche 911 RSR was fifth. The Larbre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R was sixth.

Drama for the #55 Ferrari 488 GTE from Spirit of Race, the car which started from GTE pole position was forced to retire after 55 laps.

The third round of the European Le Mans Series will be the 4 Hours of the Red Bull Ring, July 23rd.

Photo: JMW Motorsport / ELMS

JMW Motorsport wins GTE in the 4 Hours of Monza


Matt Griffin has taken the GTE pole position for Sunday's 4 Hours of Monza, the second round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

The Irish ace was at the wheel of the Spirit of Race-run #55 Ferrari 488 GTE and set the best time in ten-minute qualifying session, 1:48.027.

"It was really good, the engineers did a great job and the car was excellent. A pole position with Ferrari at Monza, a dream come true." Said Matt Griffin at the end of the qualifying session.

Larbre Competition's Fernando Rees was second fastest driving the #50 Corvette C7.R from Larbre Competition.

Porsche works driver Matteo Cairoli completed the top-three in GTE driving the #77 Porsche 911 RSR from Proton Competition.

The TF Sport #90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was fourth. The Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GTE was fifth. The JMW Motorsport #66 Ferrari 458 Italia was sixth. The Beechdean AMR #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was seventh.

The 4 Hours of Monza will start at 13:30 tomorrow.

Photo: Ferrari / ELMS

Matt Griffin takes GTE pole for Ferrari at Monza


Larbre Competition topped the GTE timesheet in the second European Le Mans Series practice session at Monza.

At the wheel of the #50 Corvette C7.R, Christian Philippon, Romain Brandela and Fernando Rees set the best time in the ninty-minute session, 1:49.164. They were second fastest in yesterday's opening practice.

The TF Sport-run #90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was second in class with drivers Salih Yoluc , Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim.

Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott completed the top-three in GTE driving the #55 Ferrari 488 GTE from Spirit of Race.

The Beechdean AMR #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was fourth. The Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GTE was fifth. The JMW Motorsport #66 Ferrari 458 Italia was sixth. The Proton Competition #77 Porsche 911 RSR was seventh.

Monza Second Practice Results

The GTE qualifying session will start at 13:15 local time.

Photo: ELMS

Larbre Competition topped GTE in Monza FP2


The Proton Competition Porsche team was the fastest in the GTE class in the opening European Le Mans Series practice session at Monza.

The #77 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Matteo Cairoli, Joel Camathias and Christian Ried, set the best time in the ninety-minute afternoon session, 1:49.943.

The Larbre Competition-run #50 Corvette C7.R was second quickest in class with a best time of 1:49.970.

The #55 Ferrari 488 GTE from Spirit of Race completed the top-three in GTE. The sister #51 Ferrari 488 GTE was fourth fastest.

The two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs were fifth and sixth, the #99 car from Beechdean AMR ahead of the #90 machine from TF Sport. JMW Motorsport's #66 Ferrari 458 Italia was seventh in class.

Action will resume at Monza on Satursday with a second pracitce session at 09:00, followed by qualifying at 13:15.

Photo: Proton Competition

Proton Competion leads GTE in Monza opening practice


JMW Motorsport will have a new car and a very strong driver line-up for next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans as reported by Dailysportscar ahead of the this weekend 4 Hours of Monza.

The British squad will be switching to the Ferrari 488 GTE in the French endurance classic. For many years, JMW Motorsport competed with the all-conquering Ferrari 458 Italia in the European Le Mans Series.

At La Sarthe, team's regular Rob Smith, will be joined by two very fast drivers, Dries Vanthoor from Belguim and Will Stevens from Great Britain.

The two are very experienced GT drivers and they are racing for Audi customer Belgian Audi Club Team WRT in the competitive Blancpain GT Series.

Photo: JMW Motorsport

JMW Motorsport adds Dries Vanthoor and Will Stevens for Le Mans 24 Hours


Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) is set to take part in the 85th running of the world’s most famous race on June 17th/18th, the 24 hours of Le Mans, and have today announced its 2017 driver line up.

The Aston Martin Racing Factory run team will field the #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE car for Andrew Howard, Beechdean AMR’s team owner and driver, Le Mans rookie Ross Gunn and experienced GT race driver Olly Bryant.

Reigning European Le Mans Series Champion Andrew Howard commented on his return to the Le Mans, stating “To be taking part in the ultimate endurance race for the second time is amazing. Last year we stuck to our race plan and achieved the finish, this year we hope to be more competitive. I’m excited to get to work with Olly and continuing with my ELMS team-mate Ross.”

Beechdean AMR’s European Le Mans Series GTE youngster, Ross Gunn, will take to Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time in June. Having shown promise in the first round of the ELMS at Silverstone, Gunn is aware of the task ahead of him commenting, “Every driver on the planet dreams of racing at this event, and to be here so early in my career is very special. I have learnt a lot about the car and GTE racing over the past few months and I know we have a big task ahead. Thank you to the team and Andrew for this incredible opportunity”.

Multiple British GT race winner Bryant will join the team at Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time a year after making his debut at the prestigious event. With a GT career stretching back to 2002, Bryant will bring valuable experience to the team: “I am delighted to be making a return to Le Mans. Finishing 9th last year gave me a taste for the incredible event. I am excited to be joining Andrew, Ross and Beechdean AMR in such a competitive car. Our goal is the podium, and I’d like to thank my sponsors for making this possible”.

Beechdean AMR is also due to race at Monza, Italy this weekend in the European Le Mans Series. To keep up to date on Beechdean AMR’s progress throughout the season, keep checking the website or follow us on Twitter @BeechdeanAMR or on Facebook at Beechdean AMR.

Beechdean AMR Press Release

Beechdean AMR announce driver line-up for 24 Hours of Le Mans


Corvette Racing’s 18th consecutive appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans will feature a lineup of six drivers, each with victories in the famed French endurance event. In addition to full-season drivers Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, Corvette Racing adds Jordan Taylor and Marcel Fässler to its roster for the June 17-18 race with a pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs for the GTE Pro class.

The group has a combined 18 victories at Le Mans – an impressive number to go along with Corvette Racing’s eight class triumphs since 2001. The team will arrive at Le Mans with three straight victories in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the lead in Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team points for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

"This represents one of the strongest lineups Corvette Racing has fielded for the 24 Hours of Le Mans," said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. "Just like our full-season lineup, Jordan and Marcel have proven themselves repeatedly on the biggest stages in sports car racing. We are confident they help give us the best possible chance to win Le Mans for the ninth time."

Taylor has been part of Corvette Racing’s Le Mans program since 2012 and was part of the winning effort in 2015 alongside Gavin and Milner. For 2017, he will reunite with Garcia and Magnussen in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R; the trio placed second in GTE Pro together in 2014.

Taylor and brother Ricky have swept all four IMSA events this year with their Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype including the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Fässler, who returns to the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, won each of those two races in 2016 with Corvette Racing alongside Gavin and Milner. Those victories helped Corvette Racing sweep the GTLM Championships a season ago. The trio drove together again at both Florida events again in 2017.

A three-time overall winner at Le Mans, Fässler also has two additional podium finishes. He drove for Corvette Racing in Chevrolet’s final GT1 race at Le Mans in 2009, but that entry was forced to retire while leading.

Both Taylor and Fässler are part of a pre-Le Mans test this week at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.

Corvette Racing’s next event is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17-18 from Le Mans, France. It returns to IMSA competition for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on July 2.

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 63 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It’s great to head to Le Mans with Corvette Racing for the sixth consecutive year. Le Mans is a massive event; the feeling of winning there is unlike anything I’ve experienced. Last year’s race was difficult for all of us but we’re all motivated to go back this time with the goal of contending for another victory.

"I’m looking forward to teaming again with Antonio and Jan. They have been great teammates and helped me learn a lot my first couple of years at Le Mans. Hopefully we can work our way to the top of the podium this year."

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: "It is always great to be back with Corvette Racing and Chevrolet, but to return with them for Le Mans is special. We both have had a great deal of success at the 24 Hours. My hope and goal is to add to that this year.

I feel like I have some unfinished business with Corvette Racing at Le Mans. We were leading late in 2009 until our car had to retire. So I very much want to score that elusive Le Mans victory with Corvette Racing. Racing in GTE Pro will be a new challenge. There are many great cars and drivers in our class. It would be a nice result for Olly, Tommy and our team."

Corvette Racing Press Release

Marcel Fässler and Jordan Taylor join Corvette Racing at Le Mans 24 Hours


TF Sport dominated the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone, taking the LM GTE class victory by a comfortable margin.

Heading to Monza this weekend (19 – 21 May, 2017) for round two of the championship – the 4H of Monza – the team are seeking a repeat result, but aware that the competition will be stronger in Italy.

Featuring an unchanged driver line-up of Salih Yoluc, Euan Hankey and Nicki Thiim, TF Sport aims to build on the successful Monza test that took place in March.

Winning at this level is never easy, but in saying that we had a fairly easy run at Silverstone to take a comfortable win,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “Monza is a different challenge, very high speed, but testing was good despite missing the final day of running after a small incident.

In addition to the European Le Mans Series, the team are also competing at Silverstone in the Blancpain Endurance Cup with Jonny Adam and Ahmad Al Harthy, having taken a dramatic victory in Italy last month.

We won the first races in each championship so are currently leading both and that has to be the aim at the end of this weekend,” said Ferrier. “Obviously, it would be great to win both again but strong points is the aim.

The 4H Monza starts at 13.30 local time on Sunday 15 May.

TF Sport Press Release

TF Sport targets second ELMS GTE victory at Monza


Jan Magnussen took the GTLM class victory in last weekend's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas, the fourth round of the 2017 season.

The Dane shared the winning #3 Corvette C7.R with regular co-driver Antonio Garcia. The Texan event was the last race for GTLM teams ahead of next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"This is a nice way to move on from what happened at Long Beach. But it was a crazy race." said Jan Magunssen at the end of a very chaotic race in the GTLM class.

"So much stuff happened all the way through from Turn One when a few cars got taken out and got in trouble. I got a good start and got clear of all of that. My first stint I was trying to pay good attention to the tires and give good feedback to the team to the changes that needed to be made for Antonio."

Jan Magunssen also gave full credits to the Corvette Racing team and Antonio Garcia: "When he got in, the team made a fantastic call on that pit stop to beat everybody out… again! Then a few cars got in trouble and got some penalties that gave Antonio a massive lead which he was kind of nurturing. I don’t think he was pushing too hard, just making sure not to make any mistakes."

"It is a fantastic result for the team. This is a really, really nice way to head to Le Mans."

Jan Magnussen: "This is a really, really nice way to head to Le Mans"


A double-podium finish for BMW Team RLL in today’s IMSA Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, was a well-deserved reward for every team member who had worked so hard to regain the competitiveness of the BMW M6 GTLM this season.

Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims drove the No. 25 M6 to second place in the two-hour-and-forty-minute contest, completing 71 laps of the 3.4-mile, 20-turn track and finishing 2.498 behind the winning No. 3 Corvette. John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk, driving the No. 24 M6, finished in third place, after a strong run from the pole position.

With the benefit of the pole position, Edwards led the field from the green flag into the first turn and Sims, from the third starting spot, moved up one position to follow his teammate at the front of the field. A scrum developed at the back of the GTLM field and multiple contacts among five competitors effectively reduced the race to a four-car event.

Sims relinquished the second position 34 minutes into the race to the No. 911 Porsche after a 14-lap battle. Edwards continued to lead, opening up a 3.2 second gap. Passed for the lead on lap 22 by the Porsche, the second yellow flag of the race waved to close up the field with Edwards P2 and Sims P3. Pit stops began on lap 26 as the field circulated behind the safety car with the Porsche and both BMWs coming in. Quick service by the No. 24 M6 crew got Tomczyk out ahead of the Porsche with Auberlen, now in the No. 25 M6, right behind. Unfortunately, a pair of rare miscues saw Auberlen leave the pits before the fuel man had finished and the Californian was forced back to the pits for a drive-through penalty. Tomczyk and two other competitors, missed the illuminated pit exit lights and had to return to serve a stop plus 60-second penalty. The No. 3 Corvette had pitted earlier and inherited the GTLM lead with Auberlen now P2 and Tomczyk now P4 to begin their stint.

The second set of stops was completed under the green flag on laps 44 and 45 with Sims back in the No. 25 M6 and Edwards back in the No. 24 M6 to finish the final hour of the race. The third and final caution flag of the race flew with less than ten minutes remaining for a burning prototype car. The track was quickly cleared and the race restarted with some four minutes to go. Sims gave chase, but there was not enough to catch the Corvette. Ultimately, the result was Sims second and Edwards third and the first two BMW Team RLL podium finishes of the season.

We knew it was going to be a hard race this afternoon with the high track temperatures, but the BMW M6 performed well with low degradation of the tires,” said Neil Fife, BMW Team RLL Race Engineer. “We are happy we got a podium finish with P2 and P3 but some mistakes costs us the victory. We have to keep on pushing because BMW Team RLL is working really hard to get that deserved win. We were in the fight for the win last race, we were in the fight for the win this race and we’ll be in the fight for the win the next race as well.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM (P2):It is a long time coming for this game and this car. We have to be very happy for that but the weird thing is that BMW Team RLL is so geared to win, that is the most important goal. When you get second you still want to be on top. However, we have to smile and hold our heads high. We covered two-thirds of the podium just not the top step this weekend.”

Alexander Sims, driver No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM (P2):I was happy we were able to come out of turn one P1 and P2, but I had quite a bit of a lock-up and that compromised my first stint quite a bit with a lot of vibration in the front tire but the car continued to work well. Then there was a little bit of a misunderstanding with the pit release and we got a drive through penalty. We were catching the Corvette at the end, but needed a little bit more of time. In the end, we are happy to have gotten second place and it was great to be standing on the podium for the first time in the U.S.”

John Edwards, driver No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM (P3):We’ve been competitive every lap this weekend. It was just a mistake - for each car - that cost us in the race. I am excited for the rest of the season, to race at tracks such as Watkins Glen and Mosport. These two circuits are great for the M6 and two of my favorite tracks in North America.

Martin Tomczyk, driver No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM (P3):The result could’ve been better, but I made a mistake. I left the pit lane when the exit light was red. I was fighting with the Porsche and he also did not see the red light. But that shouldn’t be an excuse. It’s was my fault. In the end I think we did the best we could by finishing third, with the sister car in second.

Following the traditional hiatus to allow teams to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IMSA will return to series action in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, July 2 at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, NY. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend.

BMW Press Release

BMW Team RLL takes double GTLM podium in Austin