Originally Posted by NCE46
from the looks of your first picture it seems to be the valvetronic gasket. very inexpensive part and will take at the most 30 min to replace
thanks. I've cleaned up the area and I'm waiting to see if / how oil travels in the future (still no noticeable change in oil level per the computer). If oil continues to build in that area, I may try your suggestion. Seems easier than doing the vcg, maybe worth the gamble on the part and time involved.