In only its second season of competition, the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships of the American Le Mans Series GT class in the closing moments of the 13th annual Petit Le Mans, after a season of hard-fought competition.
The fourth-place finish by the embattled No. 92 M3 GT of Bill Auberlen, Tommy Milner and Dirk Werner means this was the only race in 2010 that the team did not finish with at least one M3 GT on the podium.
The No. 92 M3 GT completed 354 laps in a race that lasted just over 9 hours, 12 minutes. The race was ultimately decided on fuel efficiency, and BMW-RLR was awarded the Michelin GreenX Challenge race win for the best combination of performance and efficiency as a result.
The finish was enough to score the badly needed points to stay ahead of Ferrari and Porsche in the GT Manufacturer's Championship by a single point. Rahal Letterman Racing secured the GT Team Championship with the result.
"All it takes is one point," quipped a happy Bobby Rahal at the post-race press conference.
The great start by the No. 90 M3 GT was spoiled by a controversial steward's call for alleged contact only an hour into the race. The resulting stop-and-go penalty cost Muller one lap, but then extensive repairs to a failed starter motor following the car's first scheduled pitstop effectively eliminated No. 90 from contention. Muller, Hand, and Priaulx continued to circulate, ultimately finishing 13th in the GT class.