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Long Beach. For the first time in this IMSA WeatherTechSportsCar Championship season, BMW Team RLL and the BMW M8 GTE weren’t able to contest for podium finishes. In the ‘IMSA Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix’ at #longbeach (USA) , the #25 BMW M8 GTE, driven by #tomblomqvist (GBR) and #connordephillippi (USA), finished seventh in the GTLM class. #johnedwards (USA) and #jessekrohn (FIN) finished eighth in the #24 BMW M8 GTE.
Edwards was running fifth before the only pit stop of the race, but a problem with a loose wheel-nut on the tyre change firstly cost the team some time to fix and then resulted in a drive through penalty. The 100-minute race was won by the #912 Porsche.
Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “We felt this circuit was not going to be in our wheelhouse, as they say. All we can do is to keep working hard and doing what we can do and hope that we are able to find the pace compared to the other teams who currently have an advantage on us.”
Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE, 7th place): “During the first part of my stint we seemed very competitive and I was happy with the car in comparison to yesterday. As the stint went on however, the others just seemed to have a bit more pace than we did but we knew that this weekend was going to be a difficult weekend for us. The next tracks suit our car really well and we will focus on fighting for podiums again in the next events.”
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