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BMW wins GT2 at Road America

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On: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 3:43PM | By: John Welch

BMW wins GT2 at Road America

BMW finally made its way to the top of the ALMS podium this weekend, finally taking their first win in the GT2 category. "Big Deal," you say. "I wanna hear about the Corvettes!" you say. "This Hot Pocket isn't cooked all the way!" I hope you just suck it up and chew the ham/ice/cheese in the middle. Also, I'm a Bimmer Nut Case so they will receive just as much attention on this blog as the Corvettes. Is that Hot Pocket tolerable?

Rahal Letterman Racing has put a monstrous effort forth this season, taking brand new, slightly disadvantaged race cars to the top by the latter third of the season. Other cars in the class are perhaps a little more predisposed to success. The Porsche GT3 RSRs have decades of advancement and improvement behind them. The Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 is a Le Mans winner. Though outdated and underfunded, the Advan Panoz Esperante has been developed to the point of competitiveness. Even the newest team, Corvette Racing, has the benefit of a decade racing in GT1 to work from. The BMW is a clean-sheet design.

There are physical disadvantages as well. The road going M3 is a hotted up version of the normal BMW 3 series. It is packaged as a passenger car, where as the competition (Corvette, 911, etc.) are dedicated 'sports cars' from the factory. The general shape of the M3's body is not as aerodynamic as the others. The high revving 4-liter V8 does not make as much torque as its competitors. Even the flat six in the Porsche produces more twist.

If the BMWs were affected by these disadvantages, viewers of the race on Sunday could not tell. The BMWs took the pole and second position, then cruised to victory on the historic 4-mile Road America race course. Watching the cars as they negotiated Road America's high speed corners, the BMW chassis stayed flatter and exhibited less body roll than any of the other GT2 cars. BMW Rahal Letterman's hard work is really starting to pay off!

For more in depth coverage, see the official ALMS website.

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