BMW Team RLL Qualifies 4th And 7th For 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona

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BMW Team RLL will start the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona from the fourth and seventh GTLM class positions following this afternoon’s very competitive qualifying session at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

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John Edwards, driving the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, qualified in the fourth starting spot with a lap of 1:43.966 minutes around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn circuit. His time was only 0.478 seconds slower than the pole winner. The top six qualifiers were separated by 0.498 second, only 1.271 seconds between the entire 12-car class. Edwards will share the No. 24 Z4 with Lucas Luhr, Jens Klingmann and Graham Rahal.

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The No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM was qualified in the seventh position by Bill Auberlen, with a best lap of 1:44.024 minutes. He will co-drive with Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler and Dirk Werner in the twice-around-the-clock event.

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“John did a great job, being P4, and it is so close,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “Bill’s car was literally five one-hundredths of a second away from p4 or P3. It is typical of any other year – very, very tight. Where you qualify has no bearing on where you finish, so I am not too worried about that. I know we have a great driver line-up and it gives me a lot of confidence.”

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John Edwards, driver No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM (4th) – “It was a fun session. For today’s practice sessions and the race there is always so much traffic, so, even though qualifying doesn’t really matter, to go out and push without having traffic was enjoyable. We made some progress on the car today, after we kind of struggled with it at the end of the Roar test and it helped quite a bit. We are headed in the right direction. I think we still have a few changes to make the car really drivable, especially at night, so we can be comfortable throughout the entire 24 hours.”

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Bill Auberlen, driver No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM (7th) – “We are not first, but we are not last. I feel we can definitely go racing. Our group has worked very hard during the winter and has given us a much more competitive car. Where you qualify here doesn’t matter. Give it a couple of hours, let everybody start to weed themselves out, and we will just claw our way slowly to the front.”

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The 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona takes the green flag at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, January 24 with the first two hours of coverage on FOX beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Altogether, 15.5 hours will be broadcast on FOX Sports platforms. The hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. will be streamed live on IMSA.com. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend.

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