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Wow,

The BMW's had a rough time at Laguna Seca over the weekend. One of the Turner cars managed a 3rd place in GTD but the GTLM cars didn't show well at all. Bummer because I thought the M6 would be able to stretch it's legs a bit vs the tight confines of Long Beach.
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Interesting you say that. I find that Laguna has much shorter straight segments than Long Beach does.
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yeah, Maybe "stretch it's legs" wasn't correct. I was referring to the comment that commentators made about the M6's size vs. the closer quarters at Long Beach.
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Think it was a wheelbase issue? The commentators and Auberlein said it was a Michelin tire compound issue. But damn, they got hosed.
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Think it was a wheelbase issue? The commentators and Auberlein said it was a Michelin tire compound issue. But damn, they got hosed.
No, kinda the opposite. I thought the wheelbase would be a non-issue at Laguna Seca (and it seems it was) so I thought they'd place better but they got bit by the tire compound issue. Although I thought Auberlein said they changed compounds during his stint (to what, I'm not sure) and they still got caught and passed by the #4 Corvette when the #4 had a drive though penalty.
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The team sounds a little demoralized. Looks like it's going to be a learning year for BMW RLL. Hopefully they can turn it around and make the M6 a winner in GTLM.

http://rahal.com/uscc-news/bmw-team-...rix-post-race/
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Wow,

The BMW's had a rough time at Laguna Seca over the weekend. One of the Turner cars managed a 3rd place in GTD but the GTLM cars didn't show well at all. Bummer because I thought the M6 would be able to stretch it's legs a bit vs the tight confines of Long Beach.
Where'd you get the info about a 3rd place finish for Turner? The provisional results show the #96 5th and #97 12th in GTD. Not a bad day, but would have been great to see them in 3rd. The #97 car is 4th in the team points standings though!
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Where'd you get the info about a 3rd place finish for Turner? The provisional results show the #96 5th and #97 12th in GTD. Not a bad day, but would have been great to see them in 3rd. The #97 car is 4th in the team points standings though!
I was watching the race and the last time I looked they were running in 3rd. Guess I didn't pay enough attention to the end.
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GTLM were running new Michelins that will be used at 24hr Le Mans, so teams that will be traveling to 24hrs can get some experience on the tires. Same tires they run in WEC series. They are designed for double and triple stints at Le Mans, so a very hard compound. Drivers said it felt like driving on ice at Laguna Seca. Teams like Ford, Porsche, and Ferrari probably have some setup info from their sister teams in WEC.

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I was watching the race and the last time I looked they were running in 3rd. Guess I didn't pay enough attention to the end.
I made that same mistake at Long Beach. I saw #25 cross the finish line after the #912 Porsche and got all excited. We were a lap down though
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