Daytona rehearsal for the new BMW M8 GTE

Racing | January 7th, 2018 by 5
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With three weeks remaining until the start of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in Daytona (USA), BMW Team RLL and Turner Motorsport have …

With three weeks remaining until the start of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in Daytona (USA), BMW Team RLL and Turner Motorsport have spent this weekend preparing intensively for the iconic 24-hour race. The three-day “Roar before the 24” offered both teams the opportunity to get plenty of test kilometer under their belts.

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BMW Team RLL will field two newly-developed BMW M8 GTEs in this year’s GTLM class. Jesse Krohn (FIN) and John Edwards (USA) were in action at the wheel of the number 24 car during the test. Alexander Sims (GBR) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) shared the driving duties in the number 25 car.

They will be supported in the 24-hour race, which takes place on 27th/28th January, by BMW DTM drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Philipp Eng (AUT), as well as Nick Catsburg (NED) and BMW NA Brand Ambassador Bill Auberlen (USA). Turner Motorsport took to the track for the first test of the year with the BMW M6 GT3, with Jens Klingmann (GER) at the wheel.

The Corvette C7.R gave the GTLM competition a hard time, but it was Joey Hand’s Ford GT that set the fastest time – 1.43.610. On the Corvette C7.R, Oliver Gavin came behind the GT. Ford placed his second GT in 3rd place thanks to Ryan Briscoe (at 0.104s).

The top 5 is completed by the Porsche 911 RSR Earl Bamber and Corvette C7.R Antonio Garcia.  The BMW M8 GTE and Alexander Sims ranked 7th and John Edwards 8th.

5 responses to “Daytona rehearsal for the new BMW M8 GTE”

  1. Giom says:

    An expected result for initial testing. Watch these M8s moving up the ladder over the next couple of months.

  2. izzey04 says:

    sandbagging

    • Kelly Griffin says:

      I disagree on the sandbagging part…they were 2-3 seconds off the pace which is huge come race time. If they were really sandbagging that much it will look really questionable if they are suddenly right int he mix come qualifying time. My guess though is they are sandbagging, will qualify 7-8 on the grid in GTLM and we will finally see the true pace of the cars on race day only. Should be interesting.

  3. smartacus says:

    with the fender flares, it actually looks acceptable.
    Kinda like an Aston Martin. But without the flares
    it just looks like a garden-variety 6-Series. Still;
    the original 8-Series looked like a proper GT car.

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