Farewell, MOTUL BMW M8 GTE: Final IMSA weekend during Road Atlanta ends with stick position and a podium.

Road Atlanta. After dual Rolex 24 victories in Daytona (USA)
and 5 IMSA array category wins, a farewell competition of a MOTUL BMW
M8 GTE combined a 26th lectern finish and a stick position
to a story books. At Petit Le Mans, a final competition of a season
in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during Road Atlanta
(USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) put a #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE on pole
position in category and led a margin into a final competition of a GTLM
era. The competition valid to be worse than subordinate though shortly
before a finish of a 10 hours, Krohn and his BMW Team RLL
colleagues John Edwards (USA) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) took over P3
and could step on a GTLM lectern one final time. The #25 sister car
and a Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 had to retire due to competition incidents.

 

On a special weekend for BMW M Motorsport, BMW of North America and
a IMSA series, a MOTUL BMW M8 GTE took a final crawl from racing
as a pole-sitter and lectern finisher. After a widespread opening by
Krohn in subordinate on Friday that was awarded with stick position in
GTLM class, both cars struggled to compare their oppenents’ gait in the
final ever GTLM contest. BMW Team RLL kept fighting until a finish and
was awarded with a late graduation to P3 in a race. Farfus had the
honour of finishing a final army of a final competition for a BMW M8 GTE.

 

The #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE done good swell from a P6 starting
position on a GTLM grid. Unfortunately, a automobile had to be retired
following an occurrence involving Connor De Phillippi (USA), withdrawal him
and his associate drivers Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Philipp Eng (AUT)
disappointed. After a farewell of a BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team RLL now
sets sights towards a destiny in GTD Pro with a BMW M4 GT3 in 2022
and in a LMDh category with a BMW M LMDh in 2023.

 

Turner Motorsport had a unsatisfactory final weekend of a IMSA
deteriorate with DNFs with a BMW M6 GT3 in GTD category as good as with both
BMW M4 GT4s in Friday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge deteriorate finale.

 

Special guest of BMW of North America during Petit Le Mans were Jochen
Neerpasch, owner of BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1972, and a stream BMW
Junior Team drivers Dan Harper (GBR), Max Hesse (GER) and Neil
Verhagen (USA).

 

Quotes after a MOTUL Petit Le Mans:

 

Mike Krack (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “What a day!
Bidding farewell to a GTLM class, a BMW M8 GTE, a BMW M6 GT3,
combined by a showrun with a BMW M4 GT3. Before that we reliable BMW
Team RLL as a partner for a entrance years in North America and
published initial cinema as good as a name for a destiny BMW M LMDh
project. Thanks to everybody who put a lot of bid in a BMW M8
GTE. Podium and stick position in a final competition are a good conclusion.
Now we open a new section and demeanour brazen to a BMW M4 GT3, that
will do a exam competition subsequent week in Sebring.”

 

John Edwards (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place): 
“It was a bit of a startling lectern during a finish but
it is unequivocally good to pointer off a BMW M8 GTE with a successful weekend
– subordinate on stick and finishing on a podium. We desparately
wanted to win that one after final year’s heart mangle when we were
heading in a final hour before being pushed off a track. But it is
a certain finish to a epoch of a M8. Now we are looking brazen to the
BMW M4 GT3 and hopefully we can applaud of a same success with
that car.”

 

Jesse Krohn (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE,
3rd place): 
“Obviously, we wanted to finish the
deteriorate and a BMW M8 GTE programme with a win though currently it just
wasn’t in a cards. We did all that we could though a Porsches were
only too quick and a Corvettes as good so this was fundamentally the
limit outcome that we could achieve. we am super happy for a team
that we got this. Obviously we wanted to win though that didn’t occur today.”

 

Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RLL, #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place): 
“I was gratified to do a final army in a M8 GTE. I
consider we have to be unapproachable of ourselves, we did what we could. It was
a limit we could achieve. We brought to a finish a outcome that
was probable today. We tighten a section though it is a prolonged book. The BMW
M4 GT3 is only around a dilemma and we can’t wait to be back.”

 

Connor De Phillippi (BMW Team RLL, #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE,
DNF): 
“A tough competition today. We were a bit out of strategy
perplexing to make adult for some of a necessity we had in a pits. We were
pulling as tough as we could. Before a occurrence there were a few
prototypes behind me. we thought, one of them would be right behind me,
though he went into a pits. we left a bit too most space in a last
corner, got on a marbles and went off. we was only a newcomer at
that point. Of march it’s really unsatisfactory to finish a M8 program
for a automobile on that note. we feel bad for a guys.”