BMW M8 GTE

BMW Team RLL heads to Laguna Seca with a lot of momentum.

The Californian circuit has been a good hunting ground for BMW Team RLL in the past.

Following the first BMW M8 GTE victory and a third place at the previous round at Virginia International Raceway, BMW Team RLL heads to this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Laguna Seca Raceway with a lot of momentum. Team Principal Bobby Rahal and his squad aim to extend the success streak on the iconic Californian circuit within sight of Monterey Bay.

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BMW M8 GTE

It was an historic moment when the #25 BMW M8 GTE crossed the line at Virginia International Raceway on 19th August when Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims celebrated the maiden victory for the all-new GT car. Their team-mates Jesse Krohn and John Edwards completed the success in the #24 sister car by finishing third and thus securing the maiden double-podium for the BMW M8 GTE.

 

Laguna Seca has seen two BMW victories in recent years. The BMW Z4 GTLM won in 2015 with Edwards and Lucas Luhr behind the wheel and the BMW M6 GTLM was victorious last year. Edwards shared the 2017 win with Martin Tomczyk. This year, the two BMW Team RLL M8 GTEs are driven by De Phillippi/Sims (#25) and Krohn/Edwards (#24). In addition, Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley will team up in the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, again in the GTD class, at Laguna Seca.

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Bobby Rahal (BMW Team RLL, Team Principal):

“As a team, or for me as a driver, historically, we have had great success at Laguna Seca. Last year’s win with John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk was a tremendous strategic victory for us and John did a fabulous job getting the maximum mileage that was necessary to realise that strategy. I have to say it was probably one of the most satisfying wins I have ever had as a driver or a team owner so we look forward to returning to Laguna Seca, especially given the performance of the BMW M8 GTE at VIR. We hope to be in the hunt for the win again.”

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Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE):

“Laguna Seca is an amazing track that even non-racing fans know about. The team has done a great job over the last few months and the results were starting to show at VIR. I am confident we can keep a similar performance level at Laguna Seca and I am looking forward to the weekend.”

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Alexander Sims (#25 BMW M8 GTE):

“After we secured the maiden win for the BMW M8 GTE last time out at VIR I’m hopeful that we can get the car dialled in to the very different characteristics of Laguna Seca. It’s a wonderful circuit that’s fun to drive but will pose plenty of challenges for everyone. We need to work hard to optimise the car and our driving to be on the front foot come race day.”

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