IMSA Series: De Phillippi and Sims finish second at Mid-Ohio.
The #25 BMW M8 GTE of Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims raced to a well-deserved second place in the fourth IMSA Series race at Mid-Ohio on Sunday
The result was the team’s second runner-up finish of the season and the 70th podium finish since 2009. After starting from pole position, John Edwards and Jesse Krohn had an unfortunate race and finished seventh in the #24 BMW M8 GTE. In the GTD class, Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern finished sixth in the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
“For sure it was a good day for us. Connor and Alexander did a super job. We got bogged down in traffic and decided to run long with their car. Our second pit stop was faster because we did not have to put so much fuel in and we could put soft tyres on. Everyone else had twenty more laps on their tyres and I think that and the lighter fuel load is really what made the difference. Connor ended up in the seat and drove very well. I feel bad for John and Jesse. A shame really but after Long Beach it feels good.”
“Massive team effort for our home race. We were trying to get both cars on the podium and we got one there. We can be proud of that. We are learning more and more every weekend about getting the maximum out of the car. The car ran great today and we would have liked to get that first win but we will just need to work a little harder and run a better race at Watkins Glen.”
“That was quite an eventful race with a lot of mayhem near the front and unfortunately it really caught out the lead sister car when John got boxed out. Our pace was sensible after that and we were able to hold position. After the pit stop we dropped back to fifth which is a shame and that required us to go off strategy and we took a big risk to go longer than everyone. Thankfully we were able to manage traffic well and Connor put in some good times. At one point in looked like a good result was gone but lovely to get back on the podium.”
“Today wasn’t our day as we were pushed wide and off track. I don’t know exactly what happened but two prototypes collided and John had to go wide to avoid. We ended up not where we wanted to be and had to play catch up. Pitting early, we ended up at the back but luckily the other car pitted later which worked for them. We just needed a little bit more luck today.”
The countdown is on: BMW M Motorsport teams are all set for their first races with the BMW M4 GT3 in 2022.
BMW M4 GT3 completes its final tests in December, ahead of the first major races in January 2022. BMW Team RLL, Turner Motorsport, Schubert Motorsport and ST Racing are the first teams to field the new car.