Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner drove their No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4 to GTLM-class victory in the Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach on Saturday, April 18, and set a record on the way.
After 76 laps around the 1.97-mile street circuit (amounting to about 100 minutes on the track), they finished just 2.9 seconds ahead of the No. 62 Ferrari.
This marked BMW Team RLL’s first win since Lime Rock Park in 2013 and the 11th since the team came together in 2009.
Auberlen, who can now claim 54 sports car career victories, got to start the race on the front row alongside teammate John Edwards, but both were passed by the Ferrari on the first lap. After a slow pit stop on lap 31, Werner rejoined the race in fifth place.
Over the second half of the race, he made an amazing sprint to the front, catching up all the lost time and getting himself into 2nd behind the Ferrari. On lap 63, Werner set a new race record and took the lead two laps later, to the cheers of everyone watching at Union Park BMW!