With consecutive podium finishes (P3 – Road America, P2 – VIR, P1, P3 – Road Atlanta) in the last three races BMW Team RLL is looking for a “home field advantage” at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to continue its momentum. Only 60 miles from the team’s base in Hilliard, Ohio the 2.258-mile natural terrain circuit has not yet delivered a win for the team but the team has reached the podium the five times – the best result being a second place finish in 2018 with the BMW M8 GTE driven by Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims.
Connor De Phillippi and Bruno Spengler celebrated their first victory of the season at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta three weeks ago and the two co-drivers of the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE now stand third in GTLM class driver points. No. 24 BMW M8 GTE co-drivers John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, third-place finishers at Road Atlanta and two of the four BMW Team RLL quartet that won the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona, stand fourth in driver points. In GTLM manufacturer points BMW continues to stand second.
“Any race at Mid-Ohio is a good race even if it has been troublesome for the BMW program over the years to get a victory there,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “It’s not that we don’t have the car for the circuit – we do. Every race at Mid-Ohio is a challenge.”
Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley stand seventh in GTD class driver points. The winners at VIR two rounds ago had a difficult race at Road Atlanta, finishing 11th in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Auberlen, now the leader in all-time IMSA victories with 61, is always strong at Mid-Ohio has four GT class wins since the 2000 season (2004, 2010, 2012 and 2013).
John Edwards, Driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE: “Mid-Ohio is the team’s home track so it would be awesome to get a win there for all the guys. The circuit has a good flow, but it’s busy and particularly challenging. The grip changes quickly so we have to be adaptable through the race to get a good result.”
Jesse Krohn, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE: “A home race is always important, so we’ll all be extremely focused. Managing the traffic at Mid-Ohio is critical for success and we’ll have to be clever with our strategy. We’ve had a good flow as a team in the last few races and I hope we can keep that up.”
Connor De Phillippi, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE: “This is essentially our home race and where we achieved our first podium result with the M8 program in 2018. We’re coming into this weekend with a lot of good momentum and I believe we have the tools we need to continue fighting for wins. Speed will be important but strategy at Mid-Ohio is usually a big factor as well. Let’s get to work!”
Bruno Spengler, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE: “I have been looking forward to my first visit to Mid-Ohio. I have raced it on iRacing, but it will certainly take a few laps to get up to speed when I drive the real thing. We’ll be racing hard for a home-track victory.”