Connor De Phillippi will start the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M4 GT3 from the GTD PRO pole position in tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. He posted a 1:44.755- minute lap around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International circuit to score the first GTD PRO class pole for the new BMW M4 GT3 and the second pole of his BMW M Team RLL career (Sebring, 2018). De Phillippi will co-drive with John Edwards and Augusto Farfus today.
In the GTD class, Robby Foley posted the third fastest time with a 1:45.426- minute lap. He will co-drive the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 with Bill Auberlen and Michael Dinan. The Long Beach-winning Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 of Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, and will start fifth.
BMW M Team RLL has had success in previous visits to the venerable 3.4-mile, 11-turn natural terrain road course. Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims shared the 2017 GTLM class victory at Watkins Glen in the No. 25 BMW M6. Last year’s six-hour event saw BMW M Team RLL score a double-BMW M8 podium finish with Edwards, Farfus and Jesse Krohn second and De Phillippi, Philip Eng, and Bruno Spengler finishing third. Two additional third place finishes were scored by Auberlen and Dirk Werner in 2015 and 2016.
Connor De Phillippi (BMW M Team RLL, No. 25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3 (pole!): “This feels fantastic! I am very happy for everyone on the team to score our first pole position for the new BMW M4 GT3. We have made a big step with how we work the tires with this car versus the BMW M8 from last season. The Michelins switch on quickly with the M4. With today’s hot track temps (122 degrees F) they were right there. We’ll see in tomorrow’s race how good we will be on a longer run.”