BMW Team RLL qualified in the third and fourth starting positions for tonight’s race, looking to extend the team’s podium finishing streak to five races. The 100-minute race is the second GT class-only race of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and is being held on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 2.32-mile, 10-turn “roval” circuit.
In a qualifying session that was cut short and only allowed the BMW drivers four laps, Bruno Spengler put the No. 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE in the third starting spot with a 1:14.730-minute lap. Jesse Krohn lined up the No 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE next door, in fourth, with a 1:14.824-minute lap.
BMW Team RLL has scored consecutive podium finishes at Road America (P3), Virginia International Raceway (P2), Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (P1, P3) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (P2) – placing BMW a strong second in GTLM class manufacturer points standings. No. 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE co-drivers Connor De Phillippi and Bruno Spengler stand third in driver points with teammates John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, co-drivers of the No. 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, stand fourth.
With a lap of 1:18.077-minutes, Robby Foley qualified the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 he co-drives with Bill Auberlen on the outside of the GTD class front row. The winners at Virginia International Raceway three rounds ago have had two difficult races at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio and are looking to rebound at Charlotte.
Bruno Spengler, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE (P3): “We did not have a lot of laps, but P3 is a good starting position. We believe the conditions will be quite tricky, but Connor and I will push hard.”
Jesse Krohn, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (P4): “We don’t have the fastest cars here as yet, but I think we may just have the cars to win. We will certainly bring a challenge.”