ALMS: BMW Dominates Lime Rock Park

Joey Hand, Dirk Muller cruise to third straight GT-class victory of season; Dyson Racing scores home victory in LMP1…

John Dagys  |  Posted July 09, 2011   Lakeville, CT
BMW Team RLL continued their stranglehold on the GT category with another dominating performance in Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Joey Hand and Dirk Muller took the No. 56 BMW M3 GT to their third consecutive American Le Mans Series victory, extending the lead in the ultra-competitive title race.

Hand cruised to a 20.378-second victory over the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister, which made a costly stop for a left-front puncture with six minutes remaining. Despite Bergmeister and co-driver Patrick Long putting up a strong fight, there was no stopping BMW today.

“I switched to ‘bring it home mode’. There was definitely no reason to push,” said Hand, who racked up his fifth career victory. “When [the 45 car] was gone, we had 30 seconds. Obviously, that’s not a place where you push.

“Scott Roembke, our principal strategist wasn’t here. He’s ill, and a lot of us are thinking about him. In those last ten or 15 laps, I was just thinking about not doing anything dumb. That’s what he would have said.”

Muller, who completed the middle stint of the two-hour and 45-minute race, enjoyed a spirited battle with Bergmeister before handing back over to Hand for the final run to the finish.

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