Fans of the Rondel Disappointed at Sebring 2009

I was thrilled to finally see the newest iteration of the racing BMW M3 at Sebring.  Rahal-Letterman entered two cars and the presence of Dr. Mario Thiessen indicated that the BMW factory was seriously interested in returning their cars to racing prominence in North America.

It was not be be however.  Bill Auberlin’s #90 M3 failed to fire from the 6th spot on the grid and had to be wheeled to the pits for repair.  After nearly an hour of work the #90 did manage to join the race.  27 laps later the #90 M3 was forced to retire with an unrepairable oil leak.

The #92 of Dirk Müller started from 13th and slowly worked its way up through the field to second position.  Near the five  hour mark of the twelve hour race, the #92 M3 broke while launching from the pits and had to be retired also.

Sebring is a very rough and demanding track and for their first outing, at least one of the M3s showed the promise I was hoping to see.  I am sure that Rahal-Letterman will have sorted out the gremlins and will be back in full form for round two in St. Petersburg. My image gallery of ALMS Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring is available online.

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