Successful weekend for a BMW M8 GTE on dual continents: Second position during Fuji, third place during Road Atlanta.

Posted on 15. Oct, 2018 by in BMW Canada

Munich. Two continents, dual competition series, dual podiums: BMW M
Motorsport can demeanour behind on a successful weekend with a new BMW M8
GTE. António Félix da Costa (POR) and Tom Blomqvist (GBR) finished
second for BMW Team MTEK in a FIA World Endurance Championship
(WEC) turn during Fuji (JPN) pushing a #82 BMW M8 GTE in a LM GTE
Pro class. At a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season
culmination during Road Atlanta (USA), BMW Team RLL’s John Edwards (USA),
Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Chaz Mostert (AUS) came third in a GTLM
difficulty and were also celebrating on a podium.

 

BMW Team MTEK delivered a clever opening over a march of the
Fuji weekend. In qualifying, a #82 automobile had clocked the
second-fastest time. In a race, Félix da Costa and Blomqvist managed
to record a same outcome and a fastest lap. The #81 sister car,
driven by Martin Tomczyk (GER) and Nick Catsburg (NED), crossed the
line in eighth.

 

BMW Team RLL had each reason to be happy about another impressive
group outcome during Petit Le Mans: after Edwards claimed stick position on
Friday, a #24 automobile afterwards finished third in a ten-hour race.
Alexander Sims (GBR), Connor de Phillippi (USA) and Bill Auberlen
(USA) finished fourth.

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):

“This has been a unequivocally clever weekend for a BMW M8 GTE – and we
scored podiums on dual continents. BMW Team MTEK managed to measure its
lass WEC top-three finish during Fuji. Meanwhile, BMW Team RLL recorded
another good outcome during a IMSA series’ culmination during Road Atlanta with
stick and competition positions 3 and four. It’s good to see that we can
conflict for victories in North America as good as in WEC. Our teams and
a BMW M Motorsport organisation in Munich have worked intensely tough for
this over a past months. We are unequivocally relocating in a right
instruction with a BMW M8 GTE.”

 

Rudolf Dittrich (General Manager BMW Motorsport Vehicle
Development):
“We saw an sparkling WEC competition with lots of
position changes opposite a whole GTE difficulty during Fuji where a BMW M8
GTE spent a good bargain of time in a lead. It is still a first
deteriorate in WEC with this automobile and group so for many it was a initial time
during Fuji. Despite a formidable continue conditions via the
weekend a automobile worked exquisitely and a group did a unequivocally good pursuit and
good merit a initial lectern result. Congratulations to a Porsche
#92 crew.“

 

Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “I
consider we’ve again built on a plain performances we’ve had throughout
a deteriorate and we’re happy to come to Fuji and quarrel during a pointy end.
The group works unequivocally good with plan calls, array stops and
engineering and it’s a outcome of improved bargain of a car. The
drivers contingency also be commended, as always. They had a automobile in the
right place for us to gain and a outcome reflects this full teamwork.”

 

Tom Blomqvist (BMW Team MTEK, #82 BMW M8 GTE, 2nd
place):
“I consider we have to be happy with that. We suspicion we
would be a bit some-more rival here though we never know until you
arrive. In practice, we struggled though we finished good swell and then
competent on front row. Ultimately, a win was out of strech currently so
we have to be happy with P2.”

 

António Félix da Costa (BMW Team MTEK, #82 BMW M8 GTE,
2nd place):
“We’re unequivocally happy with second
place. The group put in another good opening – a plan was
unequivocally good, we finished 0 mistakes and a pitstops were great. The
BMW M8 GTE was totally flawless. To finish within 10 seconds of the
lead after 6 hours is frustrating though shows how closely competitive
it was this weekend.”

 

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “Both
crews did good pursuit today. In a finish we did not have utterly adequate for
a win, though P3 and P4 is an glorious result. Our unrestrained for this
BMW M8 GTE continues to grow each race.”

 

John Edwards (BMW Team RLL, #24 BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“A lectern is a good approach to finish a season. The team
has finished a good job. We’ve unequivocally started to figure out a car. Our
formula pronounce for all a work that went into a automobile this time last
year by a guys behind during a shop. All that work unequivocally started to pay
off towards a finish of this year and I’m certain that will continue subsequent year.”

 

Jesse Krohn (BMW Team RLL, #24 BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“Overall a unequivocally extraordinary pursuit from a group all
weekend. we don’t know what some-more we could have finished to secure a win
today. The BMW M8 GTE is unequivocally a opposite savage now from what it was
in a commencement of a year. The growth of this automobile has been
zero brief of incredible, a dual competition wins pronounce for themselves.
It’s been a tighten to ideal year in a course clarity and I’m
unequivocally looking brazen to subsequent year.”

 

Chaz Mostert (BMW Team RLL, #24 BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“I unequivocally didn’t design this kind of weekend. we just
wanted to get in a automobile and do a good job. we got carried currently by
John and Jesse; those guys are superstars. we was only along for the
ride. I’m unequivocally beholden to BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL for giving
me a event to be a partial of this race.”

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