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Maxime Martin, John Edwards Join ALMS BMW Roster

For Team RLL's New Z4 GTEs

BMW of North America and BMW Motorsport today unveiled BMW Team RLL's driver lineup for the 2013 ALMS an the team’s 2 car BMW Z4 GTE campaign.

Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller return though Hand’s DTM commitments will see the popular American unable to compete in the full ALMS.

Twenty-one-year old New Yorker John Edwards will join the team, replacing Hand for the races that don't fit into Hand's DTM schedule.

The newest BMW Motorsport driver, Maxime Martin, will though join BMW Team RLL for the full season. The 26-year-old finished second in the 2012 BMW Sport Trophy after a strong season racing a BMW Z4 GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series and a BMW ALPINA B6 GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters.

For the long-distance races at Sebring and Petit Le Mans, Uwe Alzen  and Jörg Müller will return to the team.

"We are really looking forward to this new chapter of BMW racing in North America," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. "After two Manufacturer's championships, two Team championships, one driver championship, and the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge championship for BMW Team RLL with the M3 GT, we now entrust the same strong team to deliver more trophies with our new Z4 GTE. We are absolutely convinced that BMW fans will again see great ALMS GT class racing in 2013."

The BMW Z4 GTE was developed for the ALMS regulations, based on the BMW Z4 GT3, which has celebrated multiple championship wins in Europe and Asia. The 2013 ALMS season will be used as a development year for the new car to lay the best foundation for the all-new face of North American sports car series arriving in 2014.

"With the BMW Z4 GTE, we are starting a new chapter in North America alongside BMW Team RLL," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. "We have celebrated magnificent victories and titles with the BMW M3 GT and BMW Team RLL over the past four years. The BMW Z4 GTE has everything it needs to continue this success story."

"All of us at BMW Team RLL are very excited about the 2013 season with the new BMW Z4 GTE," said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. "We had four great years with the BMW M3 GT and now want to compete on a par with our rivals with the BMW Z4 GTE as soon as possible.  With any new car there is going to be a period of development, but we are excited about the upcoming season. This will be our fifth year with BMW and it's obvious we have a great working relationship. In fact, some of the members of the team are in Munich working side-by-side with BMW Motorsport building the cars. We share the same approach in terms of our desire to be successful and it's a real honor and privilege to represent BMW in motorsport."