• ALMS 2012 - BMW blames new technical regulations for the 4th and 8th place finish at the 2012 Mosport Grand Prix

      BMW is the two time ALMS GT Class defending champion. They are accustomed to winning and being the cream of the GT class crop so we understand the reason for the attitude displayed in the their latest press release regarding this past weekends ALMS race. BMW stated their cars were able to "persevere" through the race despite new regulations that have limited the cars speed in the straights by as much as 4 miles per hour. We like when BMW shows some attitude. This lets us know the spark we love is still alive somewhere in the Motorsport division.


      Quote from the press release:



      BMW may have a point. They are not competitive in the straights with the M3 GT's reduced top speed. It almost seems that the M3's are being punished for winning the previous two seasons.

      Jay O’Connell, Rahal Letterman Lanigan VP Technology. “We took some risk in qualifying with the No. 55 M3 GT. We were executing the strategy, but unfortunately we had to pit and get some more tires on the car. All four drivers did a good job today and did their best to make up for the pace. We are down by 4 to 6 kph on the straights due to regulations. The guys are just driving really hard on the corners to try and make up the pace, but it's definitely pushing the tires hard.”

      Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “It was obvious that we didn't have the pace today. We did what we had to do to get as many points as possible, and on that front we executed really well. We are really, really not competitive on the straights. Everyone can pass us wherever they choose. We have to work so hard everywhere else and it’s too hard on the car. It will be tougher at the next tracks, but this team is, for sure, not giving up. We just need to continue to focus forward as Bobby would say and work on the next races.”
      Dirk M ü ller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “I think everyone has seen that we've had a tough weekend, but we never gave up. P4 was the maximum we could have achieved. It was a tough race. We played it lap by lap and in the end we were able to gain on second place in the championship because of tough luck for one of our competitors. Quite a few times today I was quicker than a car in the corners but on the straights, once I'm behind I get dirty air and can't drive behind them. If they are behind they can slipstream on the straights and get by.”

      Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “We put our car up on the ragged edge to try and get the lap time back. These guys are so good at making the time, but you can't make everything live like that. Tire wise, brake wise, you name it, we got it on the ragged edge, and you can't make it to the end of races like that in one piece. They have to balance this thing up, from the series point of view, that would make life a little more even, and that's the way it should be.”

      Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “We had a very good qualifying and that was promising, but during the race we started to get into trouble. We tried to pit early to get out of the rhythm of the others. We got stuck coming out of the pits behind slower cars. I was stuck behind one car for 15 laps. Mosport is a narrow circuit so it is tough. You always lose your down force following someone into these fast corners so you can never really close in. It's nearly impossible to overtake and you can lose 20 to 30 seconds. The race was over for us at that point.

      Race results:

      Sunday
      At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
      Bowmanville, Ontario
      1. (1) Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf, HPD ARX-03a Honda (1, P1), 117 laps.
      2. (2) Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, Lola B12/60 Mazda (2, P1), 117.
      3. (4) David Heinemeier Hansson and Martin Plowman, Morgan/Nissan (3, P2), 117.
      4. (5) Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut, HPD ARX-03b Honda (4, P2), 117.
      5. (3) Tony Burgess and Eric Lux, Lola B11/66 Mazda (5, P1), 115.
      6. (9) Tomy Drissi and Bruno Junqueira, Oreca FLM09 (6, PC), 115.
      7. (6) Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, Oreca FLM09 (7, PC), 114.
      8. (8) Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel, Oreca FLM09 (8, PC), 113.
      9. (10) Henri Richard and Duncan Ende, Oreca FLM09 (9, PC), 112.
      10. (15) Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek, Ferrari F458 Italia (2, GT), 112.
      11. (12) Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, Corvette C6-ZR1 (3, GT), 112.
      12. (17) Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand, BMW E92 M3 (4, GT), 111.
      13. (19) Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (5, GT), 111.
      14. (18) Sascha Maassen and Bryce Miller, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (6, GT), 110.
      15. (22) Seth Neiman and Andy Lally, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (7, GT), 110.
      16. (14) Bill Auberlen and Jorg Muller, BMW E92 M3 (8, GT), 110.
      17. (20) Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, Lotus Evora/Cosworth (9, GT), 110.
      18. (21) Guy Cosmo and Ed Brown, Ferrari F458 Italia (10, GT), 109.
      19. (24) Emilio Di Guida and Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 104.
      20. (25) Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 104.
      21. (26) Chris Cumming and Michael Valiante, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 98.
      22. (7) Kyle Marcelli and Matt Downs, Oreca FLM09 (4, PC), 97, accident.
      23. (13) Tom Milner and Oliver Gavin, Corvette C6-ZR1 (11, GT), 91.
      24. (11) Ken Dobson and Marino Franchitti, Oreca FLM09 (12, PC), 26, accident.
      25. (23) Peter Lesaffre and Damien Faulkner, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (5, GTC), 23, accident.
      26. (16) Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (1, GT), Excluded.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: ALMS 2012 - BMW blames new technical regulations for the 4th and 8th place finish at the 2012 Mosport Grand Prix started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 8 Comments
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Am I the only person concerned about BMW being neutered in ALMS?
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        What changed in the regulations that only affected the M3's ?
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Whaaa...BMW can cry all they want.

        IMSA already cut them a break when BMW entered back into ALMS with the E92. Allowing them to run a non stock suspension setup. All other teams follow setups on their stock vehicles.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Don't fall for BMW's whinning.

        From the beginning BMW has been given so many concessions to compete in ALMS. ACO the governing body for 24hr Le Mans sets the general regulations for ALMS. IMSA the governing body of ALMS makes rule changes as they see fit.

        The M3 GT never really conformed to ACO rules in the first place. IMSA allows them to run a larger air restrictor. They also allow the M3's to mount the rear wing higher on the decklid than the competition. They also allow them to run a larger front splitter/diffuser than that allowed by ACO regulations. They also run a non stock double wishbone suspension.

        To be honest, competition adjustments happen to all teams. BMW was more than due for some.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        What changed in the regulations that only affected the M3's ?
        I'm not entirely sure but I need to find the rules.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Don't fall for BMW's whinning.

        From the beginning BMW has been given so many concessions to compete in ALMS. ACO the governing body for 24hr Le Mans sets the general regulations for ALMS. IMSA the governing body of ALMS makes rule changes as they see fit.

        The M3 GT never really conformed to ACO rules in the first place. IMSA allows them to run a larger air restrictor. They also allow the M3's to mount the rear wing higher on the decklid than the competition. They also allow them to run a larger front splitter/diffuser than that allowed by ACO regulations. They also run a non stock double wishbone suspension.

        To be honest, competition adjustments happen to all teams. BMW was more than due for some.
        Competition adjustments are fine but if they can't even compete in the straights and get passed that is a little too much IMO.

        Why let them get away with that in the first place?
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        Deja Vu!

        This is exactly the same thing I heard the drivers say in person at Mosport in 2006 with the E46.

        ....and I seem to remember the same thing happening at the end of the 2001 season? Where was Porsche in 2002?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PEI330Ci Click here to enlarge
        and I seem to remember the same thing happening at the end of the 2001 season? Where was Porsche in 2002?
        Porsche had a point with the lack of V8's being sold. They have no point now.