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Source: BMW GroupMunich. The BMW M8 GTE also won the third season round of the IMSA iRacing Pro Series on the course in Mid-Ohio (USA) and remains unbeaten in the virtual IMSA season after the successes in Sebring (USA) and Laguna Seca (USA). BMW works driver Nick Catsburg (NED) celebrated his first victory and prevailed in an exciting race against Robby Foley (USA) from Turner Motorsport and BMW Team RLL driver Connor De Phillippi (USA). For the third time in a row, three BMW drivers were on the podium. Philipp Eng (AUT) only started from 46th place after a mistake in qualifying, but showed an impressive chase from there. Fourth, he made the fourfold victory perfect for BMW. Bruno Spengler (CAN), who won the first two races, drove to pole position in Mid-Ohio in his BMW M8 GTE and led the race until the pit stop. After that, Catsburg took first place and defended him against Spengler and Foley. Spengler finally finished sixth. Nick Catsburg (# 10 BMW M8 GTE, BMW IMSA Team Black, 1st place): “It was an incredibly tight race. We all had a very similar pace up front. It was the first time that I could really keep up with Bruno’s speed. At the pit stop, we took a little more risk with the amount of fuel and thus got past Bruno. So I unfortunately had to save some gasoline in the end and defend myself against Robby, but luckily it was enough for my first win of the season. ”Robby Foley (# 96 BMW M8 GTE, Turner Motorsport, 2nd place):“ That is fine for me some bad luck went well in the first races this time. I am very happy to have brought the Turner Motorsport BMW M8 GTE onto the podium. I narrowly missed pole position in qualifying. It was sometimes tight in the race and there were one or two touches. In the end Nick was a bit faster than me. “
Connor De Phillippi (# 25 BMW M8 GTE, BMW IMSA Team Red, 3rd place): “The podium is a great result for me, because in principle it was only my second real sim race. The many rounds that I did in preparation paid off. I tried to run a clean race, which I did very well. Our strategy worked. Of course, it helped above all that I started significantly further ahead than in Laguna Seca. But there was a lot of adrenaline in the game, I have to say that. Almost like in real racing. “
Philipp Eng (# 26 BMW M8 GTE, BMW Team Austria, 4th place): “The evening didn’t start well. I made a mistake in my crucial lap in qualifying. Having to start from 46th place was honestly a tough test mentally. But then I had a super-fast car in the race and I made relatively good progress. The pit stop was a perfect fit. So this fantastic chase was possible. It was a lot of fun. ”Note to the editors: We are aware of the current difficult situation, but have nevertheless decided to provide you with regular press releases in the coming weeks and months. On the one hand, we report on the operations of our BMW works drivers in Sim Racing. On the other hand, we provide you with interviews and background stories, especially on technology topics related to BMW Group Motorsport.
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