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BMW Wins ALMS Manufacturers' Title at Petit Le Mans - Web Exclusive

After previously winning the driver and team championships, BMW secured the ALMS manufacturers' title at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans race at road Atlanta.

Greg Emmerson
Oct 3, 2011

BMW Team RLL won a second consecutive manufacturers’ championship in the GT class to complete a 2011 hat-trick of titles – the drivers’ and team championships were won two weeks ago with one race still to go. The last time BMW achieved this feat was in 2001 with the BMW M3 GTR. BMW returned to the ALMS with the BMW M3 GT in 2009.

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After a thrilling race, Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR) achieved a third place finish, completing 367 laps around the 2.54-mile circuit.

Following an incident with a slower car in the closing stages of the race, the car made two pit stops to repair the damage. Meanwhile, teammates Dirk Müller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) finished the race in ninth place. At least one BMW M3 GT finished on the podium in every single race this season. Dirk Müller and Joey Hand secured first place in the drivers’ championship, ahead of Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen (Corvette). Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (US) finished third overall. BMW Team RLL clinched victory in the team competition, ahead of Corvette Racing. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, BMW finished ahead of Porsche.

With this strong result, the BMW drivers scored valuable points for two championships. The 1000-mile race at the rollercoaster Road Atlanta circuit not only counts towards the American Le Mans Series, but also the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

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BMW also emerged victorious in the "Green X Challenge" category, which is all about using resources responsibly.

It completes a successful 2011 motorsport season in the USA for BMW.

TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas secured the drivers’ title in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series, and its second consecutive title with BMW Power. Paul Dalla Lana with Turner Motorsport drove a BMW M3 to the drivers’ title in the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport Class. The Turner Motorsport team also celebrated the team title, while the championships went to BMW for a second consecutive year in the engine and manufacturer competitions.

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