(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – BMW Team RLL finished the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen in seventh and eighth positions in the GTLM class. The No. 25 BMW M8 GTE finished seventh with Bill Auberlen (USA), Connor De Phillippi (USA), and Alexander Sims (GBR) sharing the driving duties after a problem-free race.
The No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, of Tom Blomqvist (GBR), John Edwards (USA), and Jesse Krohn (FIN), finished 27 laps down in eighth after problems with the starter motor. The race was won by the No. 66 Ford GT.
BMW customer racing team Turner Motorsport fought through a tough and competitive field in IMSA’s GTD class to take the top podium spot after qualifying in 13th position. The winning Turner BMW M6 GT3 was co-driven by Dillon Machavern (USA), Markus Palttala (FIN), and Don Yount (USA).
Reactions at Watkins Glen
“Obviously, during the first stint of the race you’re just trying to play it safe,” said Connor De Phillippi. “Six hours is a long one so we just tried to keep a clean car. It was clear that we were missing pace compared to our competitors. We tried to run a strategic race and that went as planned but we weren’t able to capitalise on it in the end.”
Next for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is a trip north to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville where the next round will be staged on July 8.