Strong debut for the BMW M6 GTLM at Rolex 24

It's never easy to debut a brand new GT race car in a 24-hour endurance race. BMW Motorsport did that with the all new BMW M6 GTLM at the demanding Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The German brand entered two cars via BMW Team RLL and performed very well in the challenging GT Le Mans class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The #25 BMW M6 GTLM driven by Bill Auberlen, Dirk Werner, Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler ended in a strong fifth place in class on the lead lap. The car was fast and reliable and challenged the front running Corvettes, Porsches and Ferrari in most parts of the race.

The sister #100 BMW GTLM of Lucas Luhr, John Edwards, Kuno Wittmer and Graham Rahalwas running strong as well. Unfortunately BMW Team RLL was forced to retire the car following a big crash with  Lucas Luhr. The driver was OK, but the BMW couldn't go further.

BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt was delighted with the strong performances in the twice around the clock Florida classic.

After all these months of intensive development work, countless kilometres of testing and all the passion brought in by everyone at BMW Motorsport and in our teams to get our new GT race cars ready, our goal was to finish the race in Daytona – and, if possible, bringing home some good results. 

Overall I’m happy with the race debuts of the BMW M6 GTLM and the BMW M6 GT3. We knew that the 24 Hours of Daytona would be a tough test right at the beginning of the season. And this is exactly what we experienced this weekend. Walking away from Daytona with P5 in the GTLM class and P6 in the GTD category is a good result and a nice reward for the whole squad. With car number 100 we had to endure quite a scary moment. Fortunately Lucas Luhr escaped from this accident without a scratch. 

For the fans it was an extremely exciting and entertaining race. Many different cars fought for the lead, several manufacturers performed on a similar level. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship promises to be a real thriller in 2016. We saw that THE BASIS OF our all-new car is very promising. And I’m confident that we will score some really good results over the course of the season.

Photos and quotes BMW