All-New BMW M6 GTLM And BMW M6 GT3 Make Racing Debut At The 24h Daytona

Posted: Jan 27 2016, 12:43am CST | by , Updated: Jan 27 2016, 10:41pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

All-New BMW M6 GTLM and BMW M6 GT3 Make Racing Debut at the 24h Daytona
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  • The all-new BMW M6 GTLM & BMW M6 GT3 will make racing debut at Daytona!

The two new BMW GT cars will race at the 24 Hours of Daytona fielded by the BMW Team RLL.

Back in 1976 BMW achieved its first ever victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Now 40 years later BMW will release two new cars for the iconic racing event. The BMW M6 GTLM and BMW M6 GT3 will be making their racing debuts.

The BMW Team RLL will field the BMW M6 GTLM in the GTLM class. Meanwhile Turner Motorsport will assist BMW M6 GT3s into action in the GTD category.

The new cars by BMW will replace the BMW Z4 GTLM and the BMW Z4 GT3 respectively. Both of the BMWZ4s previously claimed victories in North America. Here’s to hoping the replacements are just as successful.

The BMW Team RLL will enter its eighth season at Daytona. The BMW Motorsport promises to be a historic year. Since BMW is also celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The new BMW M6 GTLMs will line up in the new IWSC season with the number 100. The car will feature a special livery, which will be unveiled at a press conference. The press conference will take place in Daytona.

According to BMW, the teams and drivers are not only looking forward to the race itself. They are also looking forward to experiencing the extensive modifications made to the Daytona International Speedway. The modifications are part of the ‘Daytona Rising’ project.

Bobby Rahal is the Team Principal at BMW Team RLL. According to Rahal, they are all excited about kicking the season off. The most difficult race of the season is the first race and is a challenge. The race for 24 hours can prove to be difficult. BMW believes it all comes down to consistency, reliability and staying out of trouble.

Bobby Rahal, Team Principal and BMW Team RLL, said, “We are all excited about kicking the season off. Of course the most difficult race of the season is the first race, which is always a challenge for any team and manufacturer. But, as we've shown over the course of the last several years, we have had some pretty trouble-free runs. It's a tough race. Racing for 24 hours is difficult. It's just comes down to consistency, reliability and staying out of trouble. Even though it’s a new car, we go into this race feeling pretty confident. I think the BMW M6 GTLM is a more sophisticated car than we've had in the past but we have a lot of confidence in BMW, our drivers and our team and I think that our expectations of having a very good race are reasonable.”

Bill Auberlen, Number 25 of BMW M6 GTLM, “A new baby must learn to walk before it can run. However, the BMW M6 GTLM has certainly found its legs quickly, as we demonstrated at the Roar test. I am very proud to be part of the team bringing another BMW racing car to the track. This is the fifth generation I’ve had the honour of racing in the last two decades.”

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