BMW Team RLL extended its podium-finishing streak to five IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races at the October 10th race, finishing a strong second and third in the GTLM class. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn led a race-high 42 laps in the No. 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE before ultimately finishing second. Teammates Connor De Phillippi and Bruno Spengler finished third in the No. 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE. Both BMWs completed 62 laps of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval circuit in the 100-minute contest, finishing 2.059 seconds behind the winning Corvette C8.R.
BMW Team RLL has scored consecutive podium finishes at Road America (P3), Virginia International Raceway (P2), Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (P1, P3), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (P2), and with tonight’s results P2 and P3 at Charlotte. Unofficially, BMW remains in 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.
After disappointing races in the last two rounds, Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley, co-drivers of the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, recorded their second win of the season with the victory in the GTD class. The victory is Auberlen’s 62nd IMSA career win.
A short week will see BMW Team RLL turn the cars around for next Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
John Edwards, Driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (P2): “Jesse was super in the opening laps in very sketchy conditions. Obviously, it was bittersweet to finish second after leading for so long, but ultimately, we did not have the pace the Corvette did over a full stint. Racing on such a challenging track in a deluge of rain, we can be pleased to have both cars finish with no scratches”
Jesse Krohn, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (P2): “The race was held under exceedingly difficult conditions, so I am pleased about a P2 result. Having led the majority of the race we showed that we were racing to win, but we just did not have the pace of the Corvette at the end of the stint. A double-podium and not a scratch on either car is momentum we can carry to Petit Le Mans.”
Connor De Phillippi, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE (P3): “Overall, a fantastic result for BMW. Both cars on the podium following a great team performance. We showed a winning pace, but ultimately it was not quite enough.”
Bruno Spengler, driver No. 25 BMW M8 GTE (P3): “P2 and P3 is a particularly good result. Clearly we wanted the victory, but we just did not have quite the pace of the Corvette.”