BMW Team RLL delivers initial BMW M8 GTE feat during a Virginia International Raceway.

Posted on 20. Aug, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Munich. N
ine races into a initial IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship deteriorate of a BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team RLL combined another
entrance in a record books by delivering a initial feat and first
double lectern finish for a all-new GT automobile during a Michelin GT
Challenge during Virginia International Raceway (USA).


The No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, driven by Connor De Phillippi (USA) and
Alexander Sims (GBR), finished 88 laps of a classical Virginia
International Raceway two-hour-and-forty-minute race, winning with
usually a 1.323 second domain of victory. The No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, with
John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) co-driving, finished a very
clever third, usually 4.439 seconds behind their teammates, to tip a very
sparkling weekend.


At a one hour mark, Sims was slowed by an off march outing and
a ensuing collision with a GTD automobile that eventually caused him to
offer a drive-through penalty. Not to be denied, a group set on a
devise to get behind to a front. Sims pitted for fuel and tires under
a race’s usually counsel duration while Krohn stayed out, now in the
lead. Krohn pitted on path 54. Sims, now in a lead, built adult a 45
second opening to a change of a GTLM domain following a subsequent round
of array stops. He afterwards took advantage of his domain to array for only
fuel and broach a initial win for a BMW M8 GTE by usually over one second.


Reactions to a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race
during VIR:


Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “It is
good to be means to applaud the BMW M8 GTE‘s initial win.
Congratulations to Alexander Sims, Connor De Phillippi and BMW Team
RLL on this fantastic result. The fact that a new BMW M8 GTE is
means of winning in a lass deteriorate was clear in prior races.
We were tighten a few times in a IMSA array and we had what it takes
to get a tip mark during a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Now we have reached this
milestone. In further to a group and drivers, we would also like to
honour all a employees in Munich who played a vast partial in
this success.”


Connor De Phillippi (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, 1st place):
“Today is a initial win for a BMW M8 GTE. we am so unapproachable of
these guys. We got so tighten during a final eventuality and these guys have been
operative their tails off given final November. we couldn’t be happier to
be a partial of this whole programme. It’s time to celebrate.”


Alexander Sims (No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, 1st place):
“What an eventful race. Connor did a good pursuit during a start
to get us adult to P3. we got in and raced past a Corvette, we attempted to
get by Dirk Müller, though we done a mistake, committed too most and lost
control, unfortunately attack a Lexus. We perceived a drive-through
chastisement that we suspicion was a right decision, it was my fault. At
that indicate we suspicion a competition was over though amazingly there was a
reserve automobile that brought us behind into contention. From that indicate on,
a gait was unequivocally good. We were clever and means to competition with the
guys around us and yeah, for a final stint, a Michelin tires held
on fantastically good to a indicate we could double army them during a
lane that is notoriously tough on tires such as VIR. Great plan by
a Rahal Team and BMW and good gait from a car, a BMW M8 GTE’s
initial win is unequivocally honeyed to get.”


John Edwards (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, 3rd place):
“It’s a good day to have both cars on a podium. We were
rival all competition prolonged and there was a parsimonious conflict during a end. I
suspicion Jesse had a shot during a Corvette though each time he got closer
he would remove downforce and grip, though possibly way, a good pursuit by him
to recover some of a spots we had mislaid in a array stop. Overall, a
unequivocally good day for a initial win for a BMW M8 GTE and a double
lectern for BMW.”


Jesse Krohn (No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, 3rd place):
“Super happy for a team, for BMW Motorsport and for Alex
and Connor. The group unequivocally deserves this. They unequivocally deserved
1st and 2nd, though unfortunately time ran a little
bit brief during a finish and we couldn’t deliver. Overall, a really, really
good day for a group and for BMW.”

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