BMW Team RLL, BMW M8 GTE

BMW Team RLL eager to confirm strong season performances to date at Long Beach.

After the two endurance classics at Daytona and Sebring, BMW Team RLL and the BMW M8 GTE will take on the first sprint race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this Saturday. Lasting 100 minutes, the ‘IMSA Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix’ at Long Beach is the shortest race of the season.

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BMW Team RLL has a strong record on the 3.17-kilometre street circuit. The team picked up three class wins, in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Added to that are four additional podiums. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn will compete in the #24 BMW M8 GTE. In the #25 car, Tom Blomqvist will make his Long Beach debut alongside Connor De Phillippi. The race gets underway at 2:05 p.m. local time on Saturday (11:05 p.m. CEST).

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BMW M8 GTE, IMSA

QUOTES AHEAD OF THE RACE AT LONG BEACH.

Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE):

 “Long Beach is one of my favourite events of the year. I grew up only 40 minutes away and came to this event as a young boy. We’ve made improvements, learned a lot after our last event and I feel we are well prepared for our single street course event of the year. Strategy is always crucial in this event, but I know we have the best crew around to play the fuel number game!”

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Tom Blomqvist (#25 BMW M8 GTE):

“The track at Long Beach is new to me. The street circuit looks narrow and technically demanding – I like that. On paper the slower speeds there suit some of our rivals better than our BMW M8 GTE perhaps, but the great thing about racing is that you always have a chance to fight for the top positions right down to the wire. I need to find the right speed quickly. Then if we drive a clever race, no doubt we will be in with a chance of finishing on the podium. That’s my goal.”

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John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE):

“Long Beach is a very special race for many reasons. It’s the shortest of the whole season and the only one held on a street circuit. No doubt we will only have one standard pit stop, which changes the approach significantly compared to an endurance race like recently at Sebring or Daytona. You have to take more risks to be up there at the front and pick up valuable points. Even though the race is much shorter than the others to date, the same number of points is up for grabs.”

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Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE):

“The street circuit at Long Beach is special. You drive really close to the walls and can’t afford to make any mistakes. We have a strong package of team, car and drivers available, which will hopefully enable us to bring home a good result.”

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