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BMW Team RLL wins Daytona thriller: Second GTLM uninterrupted delight for a BMW M8 GTE during a IMSA season-opener.

John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Chaz
Mostert (AUS) took feat in a GTLM category during a circle of a #24
MOTUL BMW M8 GTE during ‘Daytona International Speedway’. The #25 car
finished fifth. At a conduct of a field, a BMW works drivers
anxious GT fans with pretentious overtaking manoeuvres to finish
forward of dual Porsche cars in second and third place.

BMW Team RLL tasted feat during Daytona in 2019. Back then,
Farfus gave an considerable final army to bind initial place during the
Florida continuation classic. This time, it was Krohn who took a wheel
for a final army of a race. He overtook a heading #911 Porsche
with 46 mins of a competition remaining. Shortly thereafter, he came in
for his final array stop, following that he successfully shielded his
lead to a finish. Krohn also set a fastest path of a competition with a
time of 1:42.168 minutes.

This latest delight sees BMW Motorsport supplement another section to
a success story during Daytona where BMW initial won during a ‘World Center
of Racing’ behind in 1976 with a BMW 3.0 CSL. The BMW M3 GTR afterwards took
category wins in 1997 and 1998. Daytona prototypes with BMW engines
crossed a finish line in initial place in 2011 and 2013. This was the
fourth GTLM feat in a IMSA array for a BMW M8 GTE. 

Connor De Phillippi (USA), Bruno Spengler (CAN), Philipp Eng
(AUT) and Colton Herta (USA), who alternated during a circle of a #25
MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, were unfortunate. Their automobile ran over waste which
shop-worn an oil line in a early stages of a race. That necessitated
a prolonged stop for repairs that saw a party dump good down the
field. As a result, fifth place was a best a #25 automobile could achieve.

In a GTD class, a Turner Motorsport group was severe for
a tip outcome during a season-opener in a #96 BMW M6 GT3. BMW works
motorist Jens Klingmann (GER), Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Dillon
Machavern (all USA) finished sixth after 763 laps. 

For Dan Harper (GBR), Neil Verhagen (USA) and Max Hesse (GER) –
a members of a new BMW Junior Team – a feat for a BMW M8
GTE was a topping on a cake during a finish of an eventful weekend. The
3 Juniors were concerned in a processes within BMW Team RLL and
gained profitable knowledge behind a scenes. This enclosed a revisit to
Radio Le Mans, as good as a honour of fluttering a start dwindle for the
BMW Endurance Challenge, Friday’s opening turn of this season’s IMSA
Michelin Pilot Challenge.

The subsequent turn of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
takes place on 21stMarch 2020 during Sebring (USA).

Reactions to a 24 Hours of Daytona.

Klaus Fröhlich (Member of a Board of Management of BMW AG,
Development): “That was an intensely sparkling race. The final hours
were quite tense, with a lead changing hands many times.
Today’s feat for BMW Team RLL during a Daytona 24-hour competition ranks
unequivocally rarely in many regards. It was a outcome of glorious teamwork
between a team, drivers and a engineers. The user excellence
of BMW Team RLL was remarkable. 24 hours though a singular mistake,
underneath good vigour via a whole race. Compliments to
everyone. The same goes for a party of drivers, who gave a perfect
performance. Last though not least, a BMW M8 GTE once again
demonstrated a winning genes during a stage of final year’s triumph. In
doing so, it underlined a fact that this automobile is one of a tip GT
cars out there right now. The BMW M8 GTE showed no signs of weakness
in this 24-hour sprint. It was among a leaders all competition and led for
some-more kilometres than anyone else. And all that opposite extremely
clever opposition. We positively put on a arrangement of good engine racing
for a fans and spectators. That was a clever start to a year for
BMW Motorsport, including in other categories. Congratulations to all
involved. Long might it continue.”

Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):“Two Daytona wins
in a quarrel for a BMW M8 GTE. That is a marvellous bid from BMW
Team RLL, a drivers and a engineers during BMW Motorsport in Munich.
It is tough to review a dual triumphs. In 2019, we usually led for one
path and took advantage of a late event to take feat in the
rain. This year, we were among a front-runners from a opening lap.
We led for longer than any other GTLM car. The competition was tangible by the
illusory conflict between a #24 automobile and a dual Porsches. We
witnessed tough though satisfactory racing. That is how it should be.
Congratulations to John Edwards, Jesse Krohn, Chaz Mostert and Augusto
Farfus on their victory, as good as a whole group in a background.
Had a #25 automobile not indispensable to come in early for repairs after debris
from another automobile shop-worn an oil line, afterwards Connor De Phillippi, Bruno
Spengler, Colton Herta and Philipp Eng would unequivocally have been good
for a tip outcome too. We positively conduct into a rest of a IMSA
deteriorate with copiousness of movement now.”

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “Whoever suspicion we
were only propitious to win final year were shown differently today. That was
a conflict for 24 hours. The drivers did a illusory job, and a same
goes for a crew. We did not make any mistakes. we feel contemptible for the
guys in a #25 car, as they would also have finished serve adult the
margin though a incident. On a whole, we am gay for my team
and BMW Motorsport. Congratulations to Porsche and Corvette, who were
good from a word go with their new cars. We are simply unequivocally happy today.”

John Edwards (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 1stplace): “I am unequivocally rarely
mute – though that is a box today. we had each faith in Jesse
bringing it home during a end. And he did it. It was a unequivocally hard
fight, as always in a GTLM class. The many battles were extremely
tiring, quite during my triple stint. This is unequivocally the
biggest success of my career. I’m overjoyed.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 1stplace):“What a race! It
feels positively incredible. This is my third year in a GTLM category –
and my initial victory. We have come so tighten so often, and now we have
indeed finished it here during Daytona. The group was awesome. Thank we very
most to BMW Motorsport and RLL for guileless me to take a final stint
of a race. Every singular chairman did a mega job. we can't trust that
we are on a unequivocally tip step of a podium.”

Augusto Farfus (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 1stplace): “I am
speechless. That was a best 24-hour competition we have driven in my whole
life. It was intensely fast, intensely close, and we could not afford
to make any mistakes. We gathering a ideal race: team, strategy,
drivers, mechanics. The automobile worked good via a whole race.
You don’t get by a full 24 hours like that unequivocally often. To win
this competition twice in a quarrel is exceptional.”

Chaz Mostert (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 1stplace): “Incredible! This
is my biggest win given Bathurst 2014. My world-class team-mates
carried me by this race. Thank we unequivocally most to BMW Motorsport
and RLL for permitting me to be involved. In 2019, a other automobile won.
Back then, we could not suppose how it contingency feel for those guys. Now it
was me stood on a tip step of a podium. That is something unequivocally special.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 5thplace):“Two wins
in a row, that is illusory for a team. we might not have won a race,
though we am still gay for a guys. John and Jesse were often
detrimental in new years, that creates it all a nicer that they won
today. It is apparently also good for Chaz and Augusto. Personally, I
would have favourite a improved result. However, we win and remove as a team.
Today, we won together. Now it is time to win during Sebring.”

Bruno Spengler (#25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 5thplace):“We were really
detrimental in this race. Even early on in a competition we were 13 laps off
a gait and with no possibility of creation most swell by a field.
However, a automobile was glorious and a whole group did a illusory job. I
am unequivocally happy for a organisation and my team-mates that we won with a #24
car. The guys merit that. Congratulations on a good performance.”

Philipp Eng (#25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):“I am vivacious for a guys
in a #24 car. The win is positively deserved. we am gratified for all
a drivers, who are all good guys. We are good friends. One team,
one idea – that’s not only an dull phrase. we am unequivocally gratified for
them. What happened to a automobile is a shame. However, these things
happen. We’ll go again subsequent time.

Colton Herta (#25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):“I am apparently disappointed
for a car, though we am gratified for a team. Everyone was flawless all
weekend. We forsaken good behind early on in a race, though had good pace
after that. we am gay for my team-mates, who unequivocally deserved this victory.”