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BMW Finishes Third at ALMS Laguna Seca

Greg Emmerson
May 13, 2013
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Driving the No 56 BMW Z4 GTE, Dirk Müller and John Edwards finished third in the 4-hr American Le Mans race in Monterey, CA this weekend.

Müller started from eighth position but had moved up to fourth by lap 27. On lap 45 he was in third and stayed there until handing off to Edwards on lap 57 during the third caution period. Edwards would reach second with an in-an-out dodge through slower traffic. However, a mistake on a restart cost him the place, allowing him to finish on the podium.

Car No 55 of Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin unfortunately suffered a broken diff at the mid-point of the race and had to retire on lap 85. Auberlen had started from the fifth and ran in third for most of his first stint. A pitstop to replace damaged rear bodywork dropped him back one lap, but he was back on the lead lap before handing off to Martin on lap 83. Only two laps later Martin was in the pits in a cloud of smoke, and out of the race.

The second consecutive podium for No 56 and a win for No 55 at the previous Long Beach race keeps BMW in second place in the GT class manufacturer point standings. The result also moves Müller to the top of the GT class driver points.

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