Connor De Phillippi qualified the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M4 GT3 third in the GTD PRO class but following a failure of post-qualifying technical inspection will start at the rear of the 15-car GT class field in tomorrow’s two-hour-and-forty-minute Northeast Grand Prix. De Phillippi posted a 51.227- minute lap around the 1.5-mile, 7-turn Lime Rock Park circuit, only .148 seconds behind the pole-sitting No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3R. The BMW was moved to the rear of the field for failing to meet the minimum ride height. De Phillippi will co-drive with John Edwards tomorrow. The pair stands sixth in GTD PRO class driver point standings with a season’s-best third place finish at Laguna Seca earlier this year.
In the GTD class, Robby Foley posted the fourth fastest time with a 51.490- minute lap. He will co-drive the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 tomorrow with Bill Auberlen. The No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3, of Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, will start seventh, following Snow’s 51.651-minute qualifying lap. Sellers and Snow lead the GTD class Sprint Cup Championship points standings. Auberlen and Foley stand fourth in Sprint Cup points.
Connor De Phillippi – BMW M Team RLL, No. 25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3 (P3): “We made a few improvements in the second practice session and squeezed as much as we could from our qualifying package. Success tomorrow will be a result of clever strategy and quick out laps after each pit stop.”
The two-hour-and-forty-minute FCP Euro Northeast Grand Prix takes the green flag at 3:05 p.m. tomorrow.