In a razor-sharp GTLM class qualifying session that saw the six entries separated by a scant .192 seconds, BMW Team RLL will line up fifth and sixth for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship six-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, in Braselton Ga.
Connor De Phillippi, who was the quickest driver in the today’s final practice, qualified the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE fifth with a 1:16.254-minute lap – only .086 seconds from the polesitting Porsche. De Phillippi and co-driver Bruno Spengler celebrated their first podium of the season (second) at VIR two weeks ago and now stand sixth in GTLM class driver points. Jesse Krohn qualified the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE sixth with a 1:16.359-minute lap. Krohn and co-driver John Edwards stand fifth in GTLM driver points.
With consecutive podium finishes (P3 – Road America and P2 – VIR) in the last two 2020 races BMW Team RLL has now amassed a total of 80 podium finishes since beginning its BMW racing program in 2009. BMW currently stands second in GTLM manufacturer points.
Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley will add Dillon Machavern to the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 lineup this weekend. Just prior to the GTLM qualifying session, Foley qualified the car in the seventh GTD class starting position with a lap time of 1:20.469 minutes, only .712 seconds from the polesitter.
Connor De Phillippi, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE (P5): “Today’s qualifying was extremely close, but we did not have quite enough to take pole. Overall, the M8’s balance feels great and I have high expectations for tomorrow’s race pace. Thanks to the team for their super work so far.”
Jesse Krohn, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (P6): “A super tight qualifying session today. We made a number of changes after the second practice and the M8 was much better. A few mistakes put me P6, but it is a long race and we have a good car.”