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Source: BMW GroupSebring. BMW Team RLL is ready for the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) this weekend. The 2020 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA series) ends with the endurance classic. John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) are leaders in the Michelin Endurance Cup at Sebring and have this title in focus. You can also finish the season in second place in the GTLM drivers’ championship. The same applies to BMW Team RLL in the team and BMW in the manufacturers’ championship. The Sebring 12 Hours are traditionally held in March as the second round of the season. But in 2020 the race was postponed to November due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It marks the end of an outstanding season for BMW Team RLL, which has achieved a total of nine podium positions with the MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, including victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) and the 6-hour race in Road Atlanta ( UNITED STATES). The Michelin Endurance Cup is a championship for which the four endurance races of a season are counted. Edwards and Krohn have collected 37 points so far. Augusto Farfus (BRA) followed in second place in this ranking with 31 points, tied with the next BMW pursuers. Farfus will again compete with Edwards and Krohn in the # 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE. With a success, the trio can secure first and second places in this classification. The # 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE will be driven by regular drivers Connor de Phillippi (USA) and Bruno Spengler (CAN) as well as Colton Herta (USA). In the GTD class, Turner Motorsport field the # 96 BMW M6 GT3 with drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern (all USA). The 12-hour race will start on Saturday, November 14th at 10:10 am local time.
Voices before the 12 hours of Sebring. Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW Team RLL): “We have already been successful at Sebring in the past, have won the race several times and had strong qualifying sessions. We just have to keep giving it our all, making sure we’re making perfect pit stops and using the right strategies that can help us win. Victory does not always go to the fastest, you also have to act wisely. Winning the Michelin Endurance Cup would be an outstanding achievement. It includes races like Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans, and we were on the podium at other events as well as winning at Daytona. After Daytona we thought we could take the momentum with us, but then there was a forced break in the championship. When it went on again, some races were very tough, due to the weather, the temperatures or a very compressed schedule. That was a great challenge for all teams and series. And of course we missed the audience at most of the events. Everyone wants to end this season as successfully as we started it, and then we’ll focus on 2021. “
John Edwards (BMW Team RLL, # 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE): “We had great highlights this season, but also setbacks, but after all that we are only one point short of second place in the overall standings. We’re also leading the North American Long Distance Championship, so there’s a lot at stake for us in this year’s Sebring 12 Hours. As always, things are very close in the GTLM class, so we really have to deliver our best performance to end the season with a strong result. Hopefully we can finish it where we started it in Daytona – right at the top of the podium. ”Jesse Krohn (BMW Team RLL, # 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):“ We’re leading the Michelin Endurance Cup, so our goal is to win this title for BMW. In addition, we are only one point behind second place in the GTLM drivers’ standings. A good result is therefore particularly important in order to end the season successfully. “
Augusto Farfus (BMW Team RLL, # 24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE): “It’s great that I can return to BMW Team RLL for the 12 Hours of Sebring. After our strong weekend at Petit Le Mans, in which we took third place with the # 24 BMW M8 GTE, I think that we can play to our strengths in endurance races again and get another podium. ”Bruno Spengler (BMW Team RLL , # 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE): “For me it is the second time that I will compete in the famous Sebring 12 Hours. I had my first opportunity to do this in 2016 with BMW Team RLL. Back then I drove with Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner in the # 25 BMW M6 GTLM, and we took second place. Sebring is going to be a very special place to wrap up my first full IMSA season. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hope for a good result. ”Connor De Phillippi (BMW Team RLL, # 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE):“ The 12 Hours of Sebring are always a closely fought race. Usually the pace is very fast there, there are not too many caution phases and it is very important to have a consistently good car. I know that we have analyzed a lot since the sprint race we drove there a few months ago and I have great hope that we can fight for victory there. “
Colton Herta (BMW Team RLL, # 25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE): “I’m really looking forward to another race weekend with BMW Team RLL and my teammates Connor and Bruno. In my opinion, Sebring is the most difficult circuit in North America to get a perfect lap together. I feel very privileged to be able to drive the # 25 BMW M8 GTE this weekend. “
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