BMW’s All-star “bench”

July 6, 2013

BMW’s All-star “bench”

July 6, 2013

2013-07-06 at 17-25-34BMW scored its second victory of 2013 today with veteran Dirk Mueller and young star John Edwards taking a dominant victory at Lime Rock Park.

While performances from two-time ALMS champ Mueller are to be expected, Edwards performance in only his third ALMS start today was stunning.

After winning the pole yesterday, he charged into the lead off the start and handed over the BMW Z4 to his German teammate with a handy lead.

2013-07-06 at 15-47-52Considering Edwards role is to fill in for fellow American Joey Hand who was on DTM duty this weekend, the performance was pretty impressive.

It seems even BMW’s “bench” is incredibly strong.

“Wow. This is pretty incredible, especially like a day like today, Edwards said.

“The air conditioning doesn’t really come into effect until 5th or 6th gear and we only have that a short time on the front straight- away.

“I don’t like being out of the car at the end when we have everything to lose. Dirk did a fantastic job maintaining his gap to the Corvette and keeping out of traffic.”

So far in 2013 ALMS GT competition – both BMWs and both Corvette’s have won races.

Edwards teammate and GT championship leader Dirk Mueller paid tribute to friend and Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen who died in a crash at the Le Mans 24 Hour recently.

“First off, I want to take a moment to send that win to Allan (Simonsen),” Mueller said.

“I was thinking of him a couple of times during the race, so I’d like to send that out to him.

“What a weekend at the office, practice one, practice two, brilliant qualifying. As you know Lime Rock is really difficult, you have to watch out in the traffic. It’s always difficult. John drove like he’s driven here 20 times before not like the first one.

“And this is only race 4, leading the championship is great, but it is still a long way. I have won the championship twice so I know we have a lot left. It’s a shame that I am alone in first place without my co-driver. ”

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