BMW TEAM RLL
Driver, No. 56
Dirk Müller gets all the glory, hoisting the
trophy over his head on the podium; but as
any driver will, he admits that all the hard
work of the crew enables him to be there.
While it may appear his job begins and ends
when the car goes on track and comes off,
it’s one that never stops and often pulls
him in several different directions at once.
“You have several discussions before
the event with your engineer; the
engineer and driver are very closely
linked together,” says Müller. “It’s an
ongoing communication. They already
have ideas of how they want to set up the
car, based on experience of past years, so
they’re pretty good at getting the car to
the sweet spot to start with.”
The relationship and discussions
intensify as a race weekend approaches.
“You run through the practices, who’s
starting, who’s doing which job, who’s doing
more of the long or short runs,” he adds.
There are discussions with co-driver
John Edwards to compare data, discuss
preferences and figure out how to get the
most out of the car. The data guys and
engineers will have information for the
drivers between sessions, such as gear
choice. The PR folks will be reserving time
for press interviews. It’s a long list.
In the car, Müller is both giving and
receiving information from his strategist.
Often the strategist is as much a coach and
cheerleader as an info source or relay to
the engineers and co-driver – especially in
the case of one with as much time at the
wheel as BMW Team RLL’s principal...
powERED by pEopLE
The drivers are the most visible piece of the
racing team puzzle, and the lynchpin of the
team’s success. But what they do doesn’t
happen without all the other pieces falling
into place. It takes every person doing
their job correctly, especially in a small
team, just to get the car onto the track.
But to be a a genuinely top team, to get
to the podium, especially the final step,
requires absolutely maximizing the
available resources. Success, and the
harsh reality of smaller racing budgets,
mandates that teams do an ever-more-
amazing job with shrinking assets. But
those key assets aren’t cars or equipment.
“I think it’s the people,” says Mike Kranz,
who’s been with the team for more than a
decade, well before the BMW GT program.
“We have a lot of people with a lot of
experience in the right places. We work well
together. We spend more time with these
guys than we do our own families. We have
a history of being a good team and we
retain people well, which is a big deal. We
have good people, and we’ve kept them.”
Dirk Muller was
assigned to BMW
Team RLL from
the start of the M3
program in 2009.
Sharing with Joey
Hand, the German
took the ALMS GT
title in 2011. Last
year, in the BMW
Z4 GTE’s debut
IN FRoM THE START
Recognition factor... when it comes to differentiating its pair
of Z4 GTEs, bMw isn’t subtle about it. The No. 56 of Muller/
Edwards is white; the No. 55 of Auberlen/priaulx...isn’t.