BMW posted its first win in North America during the sixth race at the International Motor Sports Association WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, with the new BMW M6 GT3 proving that it’s a true winner outside of Europe. Bret Curtis and BMW works driver Jens Klingmann secured the first GTD victory of the season with the BMW M6 GT3 for Turner Motorsport. After 116 laps, Klingmann crossed the line at the wheel of car No. 96 as race winner. The pairing had started from fourth on the grid.
In the GTLM class, BMW Team RLL once again fielded two BMW M6 GTLMs. Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen finished fourth after 119 laps in the No. 25 car, narrowly missing out on another podium finish. Because of a technical problem in the first stage of the race, the No. 100 car with John Edwards and Lucas Luhr at the wheel had dropped to the back of the field. The duo eventually finished ninth.
Klingmann and the Turner Motorsport squad, however, had every reason to celebrate after their triumph in Canada. “I am really proud to be part of the first victory for the BMW M6 GT3 in North America and the first victory for me here. Although it is just one race of a long season, I shall never forget this one. I am proud of the Turner Motorsport team, of Bret and myself,” said Klingmann.
Curtis also was extremely satisfied with the team’s performance at this classic track. He said, “We had a good qualifying session where I finally found a lot of confidence in the car and the track. I just tried to carry it through to the race and stay steady. I knew if I gave Jens the car in the top five that we had a very good chance today. The race, to some extent, fell to us, but the car was really solid. Jens did a great job in his stint and the team did a good job. I am super happy.”
“It is awesome. Obviously we were cautiously optimistic about winning with a brand new car. We brought the BMW Z4 GT3 to the US and won with it. We gave it its first win in the US and now have done the same with the BMW M6 GT3. That alone is a big accomplishment for me, and it is also an accomplishment to win with the M6 mid season, because normally with a new car there are growing pains and teething problems, and we really haven’t had a lot of that,” was the reaction of Team Principal Will Turner following the biggest success of the BMW M6 GT3 in North America to date.
The IWSC season continues on July 23, 2016 at Lime Rock Park in the United States.