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BMW Motorsport Media Information. 2013 American Le Mans Series.

#55: Bill Auberlen. Profile, Career, Interview.

Born: 12th October 1968 in Redondo Beach (US)
Residence: Redondo Beach (US)
Marital status: Married

Profile.

The combination of BMW and Bill Auberlen is a recipe for success. It doesn’t matter which model of car the American uses out on the track, both driver and machine will always operate in complete harmony. That’s because veteran driver Auberlen is a real all-rounder. He absolutely shone through the whole of last season in a BMW M3 GT, but can also look back on experience with such historic cars as the BMW V12 LMR and the BMW M3 GTR. Auberlen celebrated his first victory with BMW in 1997. Back then, he won the IMSA GTS-3 class with a BMW M3 from BMW Team PTG. The veteran drove for the team lead by Tom Milner (US) until 2006 and won a string of triumphs during this time.

His top results in the classic endurance races at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring were just as convincing as his performances in the Speed World Challenge, which he won in 2003 and 2004. At the same time, he set a new record in 2004 by winning six consecutive races in the GRAND-AM Series at the wheel of the BMW M3, a feat that earned him the GT title. In 1999 and 2000, Auberlen had further success for BMW Motorsport in a BMW V12 LMR Prototype. He also has happy memories of his first win for BMW Team RLL in 2009 with the BMW M3 GT at Road America. He was also victorious once again at the same venue with Jörg Müller in 2012.

Career.

1995 - 1st place GT2 class 12h race Sebring
1996 - 1st place Peruvian Formula 3 Championship
1997 - 1st place IMSA GTS-3 Championship
1998 - 4th place 24h race Le Mans
1st place ALMS race at Laguna Seca
1999 -  9th place American Le Mans Series
5th place 24h race Le Mans
2000 - 9th place American Le Mans Series
2001 - 1st place GT class Petit Le Mans
2002 - 1st place Rolex GT Series
2003 - 1st place Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series
2004 - 1st place Grand-Am Series GT class
1st place Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series
2005 - American Le Mans Series GT2 class
2006 - 6th place GT2 class American Le Mans Series
2007 - American Le Mans Series
Daytona Prototype Series
2008 - Daytona Prototype Series, Koni Challenge
2009 - American Le Mans Series
2010 - 3rd place GT class American Le Mans Series
2011 - 3rd place GT class American Le Mans Series
2012 - 6th place GT class American Le Mans Series

Interview.

Bill, can you count how many different cars you have driven during your career?


Bill Auberlen: “No, there have been too many. But I’ve definitely driven in some phenomenal cars during my career. I always say – just as long as it’s a BMW, the exact model doesn’t matter – I’ll always be capable of winning. And that’s all that counts for me as a driver.”

What has been your favourite racing car to drive?

Auberlen: “I usually answer this question by naming the current car I’m in, because, speaking in technical terms, it’s always of a higher level than its predecessor, something that makes it better to drive. Despite this, the BMW V12 LMR really stands out for me. The prototype that BMW used to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999 was so unbelievably quick and dominant. It was so far ahead of its time back then. But the BMW M3 GTR was also a dominant car that doesn’t come very far behind the BMW V12 LMR in my estimation.”

As an experienced driver, how excited are you when you get to drive a new car like the BMW Z4 GTE for the first time?

Auberlen: “A new car always brings a sense of hope with it. I’ve already driven the BMW Z4 GT3 in Dubai, and, if the BMW Z4 GTE is just as good or even better, then we can definitely use it to fight for another top result.”