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12h Sebring: Race Report.12h Sebring: Race Report.

12h Sebring: Race Report.

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BMW M Team RLL narrowly misses the podium.

Strong performance, but lacking the necessary racing luck – that's how the 12 Hours of Sebring can be summarized for the BMW M Team RLL. In the second race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, the #25 BMW M Hybrid V8 crossed the finish line in fourth place after a race that was exciting until the end.

17 March 2024

BMW M Hybrid V8, IMSABMW M Hybrid V8, IMSA

Strong performance, but lacking the necessary racing luck – that's how the 12 Hours of Sebring can be summarized for the BMW M Team RLL. In the second race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship eason, the #25 BMW M Hybrid V8 crossed the finish line in fourth place after a race that was exciting until the end. The sister car with number 24 finished sixth. In the GTD-PRO class, Paul Miller Racing narrowly missed the podium with the #1 BMW M4 GT3, finishing in fourth place. Turner Motorsport took sixth place in the GTD class with the #96 BMW M4 GT3.

In a balanced race in the top GTP class, Connor De Phillippi, Nick Yelloly, and Maxime Martin in the #25 BMW M Hybrid V8 stayed at the front of the pack throughout the race distance. They even led the race at times. However, after the last of numerous yellow phases, they just missed out on a podium finish in the final sprint. Jesse Krohn, Philipp Eng, and Augusto Farfus in the #24 BMW M Hybrid V8 were unlucky with a slow puncture and a damaged rear wing. Nevertheless, they scored important points by finishing sixth and even fought their way back from a lap down.

BMW M4 GT3, IMSABMW M4 GT3, IMSA

In the GTD categories, the BMW M Motorsport teams also lacked the necessary racing luck to celebrate on the podium. In the #1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3, Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers, and Neil Verhagen finished fourth in the GTD-PRO class. In the GTD category, Robby Foley, Patrick Gallagher, and Jake Walker  took sixth place. During the race, both cars had led their classes.

The 12 Hours of Sebring were exciting until the end. The places were only decided in the last hour. We have proven in all classes that the performance is fundamentally right. With a bit more racing luck, we hope to convert that into podium places.
Andreas Roos, Head of BMW M Motorsport
Last year we were very lucky and finished second. This time our cars were much stronger, but with a bit less luck, we finished fourth and sixth. That's okay, but not yet where we want to be.
Bobby Rahal, Team Principal BMW M Team RLL
 BMW M Hybrid V8, IMSA BMW M Hybrid V8, IMSA

Maxime Martin (#25 BMW M Hybrid V8, 4th place): “We showed good potential, but unfortunately didn't quite make it to the podium. We had a clean race, and it's of course annoying to be the first crew not on the podium. My first Sebring race in the top category was a great experience. It feels good to be able to fight for the overall win in such a race. The track is tough, but I had a lot of fun.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M Hybrid V8, 6th place): “We still don't know what was wrong with our car. It felt strange for all drivers, and we couldn't drive the lap times we needed. I had it first, then the problem also occurred with Philipp and Augusto. We now need to analyse this precisely. Nevertheless, I think we did damage limitation. We got important points. It could have been much worse.”

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