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BMW wins a 24 Hours of Daytona and dedicates feat to Charly Lamm – Alex Zanardi creates inspirational coming in a BMW M8 GTE.

Daytona. BMW Team RLL took feat during a 24 Hours of Daytona (USA)
. When a opening turn of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship was dangling due to complicated sleet for a second time,
a #25 BMW M8 GTE and drivers Connor De Phillippi (USA), Augusto
Farfus (BRA), Philipp Eng (AUT) and Colton Herta (USA) were leading
a GTLM class. The competition did not resume, withdrawal a BMW drivers to
applaud victory. The coming by Alessandro Zanardi (ITA) meant
a team’s #24 automobile was a centre of most courtesy during a endurance
classical in Florida. It valid to be a formidable competition for a Italian
and his associate drivers John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and
Chaz Mostert (AUS). The party eventually came home in ninth place.

 

This latest success was a third GTLM feat in a IMSA array for
a BMW M8 GTE. BMW distinguished a initial win during Daytona behind in 1976
with a BMW 3.0 CSL. This was followed in 1997 and 1998 by dual class
victories with a BMW M3 GTR. Overall feat went to Daytona
prototypes with BMW Power in 2011 and 2013. BMW Team RLL finished on
a tip step of a lectern during Daytona for a initial time.

 

De Phillippi, Farfus, Eng and IMSA debutant Herta enjoyed a largely
trouble-free race. Herta set a fastest GTLM path time of 1:42.908
mins on path 64. Heavy sleet started to tumble during a night,
causing a lane conditions to mellow from path to lap. With
7 hours remaining, competition control motionless to postpone a 24 Hours of
Daytona for reserve reasons for a initial time. The competition resumed under
yellow flags roughly dual hours later. In total, a 24 Hours was
interrupted by yellow flags 17 times. When a cars were giveaway to race
again, a BMW drivers hold their nerve, avoided creation any mistakes
and determined themselves in a heading group. One path before the
competition was dangling for a second time, Farfus, during a circle of the
#25 car, took a lead in a GTLM class. This eventually valid to be
a wilful impulse in a race, as a competition never resumed and a BMW
drivers were left to applaud a useful victory.

 

By a initial race-suspension, Zanardi and his team-mates were already
several laps behind a GTLM leaders, following a series of stops for
repairs on a #24 car. At a finish of a pit-stop in a early stages
of a race, a automobile was forsaken off a atmosphere jacks during a unequivocally moment
that Alex Zanardi, who mislaid both his legs in a pile-up in 2001, was
pulling his specifically blending steering circle into place on a column.
As a outcome of a jolt, a mainstay was shop-worn and Zanardi couldn’t
rivet a steering circle correctly. This coinciding of a two
actions had never occurred in testing. The required correct work cost
a #25 organisation a lot of time. As a competition continued, a BMW M8 GTE
forsaken serve back, as a outcome of several smaller incidents.
However, quitting was no choice for Zanardi and his associate drivers.
Despite carrying small fitness in a race, a coming of a former
ChampCar champion valid unequivocally renouned during Daytona – with drivers, teams
and fans alike.

 

Turner Motorsport raced with a #96 BMW M6 GT3 in a GTD class.
After 560 laps, a group and drivers Jens Klingmann (GER), Bill
Auberlen (USA), Dillon Machavern (USA) and Robby Foley (USA) finished tenth.

 

The competition weekend was overshadowed by a news of a remarkable genocide of
long-term Schnitzer group principal Charly Lamm. In memory of Charly,
BMW Team RLL competed with a difference “Godspeed, Charly” on a back of
both BMW M8 GTEs during Daytona.

 

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “What a
race, and what an romantic win – and during such formidable days for
a whole BMW Motorsport family. To mount on a tip step of the
lectern here during Daytona after such an eventful and indeterminate 24
Hours is positively fantastic. Congratulations to Connor De Phillippi,
Augusto Farfus, Philipp Eng, Colton Herta and everybody during BMW Team
RLL. Congratulations also to a group in Munich, who have created the
BMW M8 GTE into a genuine winner. We can be unequivocally unapproachable of this success.
Although a drivers of a #24 automobile had to settle for ninth place,
after fast a lot of set-back during a race, they done BMW
Motorsport story together. Alessandro Zanardi’s coming sent a
hum by a racing village during Daytona and beyond. Together with
Jesse Krohn, John Edwards and Chaz Mostert, Alex battled like a lion
and refused to be sad by a set-backs in a race. That is
precisely what creates him so special, and because a fans adore him. Alex
and his associate drivers can also feel like winners after this race. We
would like to dedicate this success to Charly Lamm. His detriment is just
as unpleasant currently as it was on Thursday, when we perceived news of his
death. He would have wanted us to quarrel to a final path here. We did
that – and won it for him.”

 

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “What a
good fight! Winning during Daytona is unequivocally special. When we consider
where we finished here final year, afterwards we can't rate a bid of
a whole group rarely enough. Congratulations to a finish organisation of
a #25 car. But compliments also go to a #24 team, which
unfortunately had a few issues in a race.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner):
 “That was a unequivocally crazy race, with dry conditions,
sleet and cold. My team-mates did a illusory job. The automobile still looks
new, even after 24 hours. Augusto, in particular, did an incredible
pursuit in a rain. We were means to uncover that a BMW M8 GTE is very
arguable and rival in all conditions. The whole group did a
ideal job. We are Daytona winners. Incredible!”

 

Augusto Farfus (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “This win is
enchanting and of special stress to me. A few days ago, we mislaid a
unequivocally critical chairman in my life. we am certain that Charly was with me on
a approach to this success, so a win is for him. Now it is time to celebrate!” 

 

Philipp Eng (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “The tragedy in
a final few hours was roughly unbearable. We did not make any
mistakes for 24 hours – and this is a result. We were means to match
a gait of a others in a dry. But it is unfit to describe
what Augusto afterwards did in a rain. It was a fun to watch him and we am
unapproachable to have a team-mate like that. This feat is for Charly.”

 

Colton Herta (#25 BMW M8 GTE, winner): “That was
spectacular! Strictly speaking, it was my initial GT competition ever – and
with such a illusory outcome. The best thing about it was my army in
a night, when a tip 5 of a GTLM category were bunched closely
together and we were battling for position. Then Augusto was simply
implausible in a rain. He led us to a conduct of a field. we just
can't trust it all.”

 

Alessandro Zanardi (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th
place):
“We have an impossibly heated competition behind us – won
by BMW. we am delighted. After all, we am partial of a team, so we also
feel a bit like a winner. Congratulations to a guys. Augusto, in
particular, did an implausible job. From a sporting indicate of view, we
did not grasp a goals with a #24 car. we feel impossibly sorry
for everybody who worked so tough on this project, both in Munich and
here in a USA. We unequivocally tested large probable scenarios in the
run-up to a race, and afterwards something happens in a initial pit-stop
that has never happened before. But that is motorsport for you. We
only have to accept it. That aside, my coming here during Daytona,
with all a illusory reactions from a fans, colleagues and
opponents has been like a angel tale. we would like to contend a large thank
we to BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL for one of a best experiences
of my life.”

 

John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“The past few months, with all a contrast we did with Alex Zanardi and
a other guys, were a unequivocally special experience. It was an honour to
work with such a illusory impression as Alex, both on and off the
track. Unfortunately, a competition was unsatisfactory for us, as we had a
few incidents too many in sequence to grasp a certain result. However,
as a group we are apparently unequivocally gratified with a feat for a #25.”

 

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“That was a tough race, in that we simply did not have any luck. The
complicated sleet did not make it any easier. It was considerable to see how
Alex was means to keep a automobile on a lane during all in those conditions,
with a impassioned aquaplaning. we am gay that it worked out so
good for a #25 car. The group unequivocally deserved it after all a hard
work they did scheming for a race.”

 

Chaz Mostert (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 9th place):
“A series of factors were behind us not achieving a outcome we had
hoped for in this race. However, all in all, competing in this race
and operative with a special chairman like Alex Zanardi, not forgetting
John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, has been illusory for me. we will never
forget this extraordinary experience.”