Published on March 16th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
BMW Z4 Sports Classic 1975 CSL Colours
On the 21st of March, BMW Team RLL will contest the 63rd staging of the legendary 12-hour Sebring race in the US. The endurance classic is also the second race of the 2015 United Sports Car Championship (USCC). BMW Motorsport and BMW of North America celebrate a special anniversary on their return to Sebring this season: 40 years ago, they earned their first Sebring victory with the BMW 3.0 CSL.
In honour of that success, the two BMW Z4 GTLMs of BMW Team RLL will sport special designs as they compete on the Sebring International Raceway. Car number 25 will carry the colours of the winning BMW 3.0 CSL of 1975. At an unveiling ceremony, BMW presented the anniversary design of the vehicles to the public for the first time.
Many of the successful heroes of that time took the opportunity to attend the presentation. Forty years after the historic victory, then winners Brian Redman, Sam Posey, and Hans-Joachim Stuck were reunited. Jochen Neerpasch, the first managing director of BMW Motorsport, and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt were also present. They all had front row seats as current BMW Team RLL driver Bill Auberlen completed the first presentation laps in the BMW Z4 GTLM with the anniversary design.
1975 was a significant year in the history of BMW: BMW of North America was founded, and just a few days later came the historic first victory with the BMW 3.0 CSL in Sebring. After finishing second and fourth in the GTLM class at the season opener in Daytona, BMW Team RLL is hoping to add another chapter to the BMW success story at this year’s classic.