Bill Auberlen one of the BMW factory drivers in this year's IMSA season gave his thoughts about the M6 GTLM performances in the recent tests at Sebring and BMW's chances for the upcoming 12-hour race at the famous Florida circuit.
Bill, what areas of the new car have you worked on during testing?
We worked on several areas. We fine-tuned the overall package in order to further improve the BMW M6 GTLM and to make it as reliable as possible. In addition, the test served us drivers to further get acquainted with the size of the car and the central seat position. You try to understand how many millimetres are left before you hit the curb or leave the track. As a driver, you are always fine-tuning on that.
What do you specifically like about Sebring?
Sebring is my most favourite circuit next to Long Beach. For me, the 12-hour race is the best endurance event in the world and it is the most historical sports car race in the United States. The best of the best from the world come here to compete.
What do you expect from the 12-hour race?
Our class is so competitive, so if you are within the top three you are doing great. We have won this race quite a few times and have often been on the podium. If we take what we learned from Daytona and improve on it, then we can aim for a top result in Sebring.
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