DTM stars Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler enjoyed a strong Rolex 24 with BMW

BMW Motorsport DTM stars Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler had a solid Rolex 24 at Daytona driving one of the two factory backed BMW M6 GTLM cars.

Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler shared the #25 BMW M6 GTLM with full season competitors Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen. They ended the 24-hour race in fifth place within the GT Le Mans class on the lead lap. A good performance for a brand new car in the most challengling class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The two BMW Team RLL drivers gave their thoughts about the Rolex 24 race and the new BMW M6 GTLM.

Augusto Farfus:

I was very excited coming to this race as I had seen at the Roar what the new M6 could do. I felt it would be a fantastic race car for Daytona and that proved to be the case. I was also very happy to be the driver to bring the car across the finish line. To finish a 24 hour race in a brand new car with no major technical problems is a great achievement in itself. 

Okay we may lack top speed and this we need to pass other cars, but I know BMW will work on that as this is just the start of the project. I had some very intense stints and the one early in the morning was like a double qualifying when I was trying to hang in there with the Porsches and Corvettes.

Bruno Spengler:

For the first 24 hours for the M6 it is a good experience and it is important to cover some kilometers and stay on track. Knock on wood we haven’t had big technical defects so far, so we will see. Unfortunately we miss a little bit of performance compared to the opposition . But it is a young car and there are still things to learn and things to do on it. 

It is a good start for the car, but as I said before, the opponents were a little bit quicker during the whole race, and was difficult to expect more than a top three or four finish. The positive is that we didn’t have any large technical issues and the car was running well. That is positive for the future and we have to keep on working and try to make the car even faster.

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