Can BMW cap off 2018 with three-peat?

October 8, 2018

Can BMW cap off 2018 with three-peat?

October 8, 2018

For most of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, BMW couldn’t win. Now, BMW can’t seem to lose.

BMW Team RLL enters Motul Petit Le Mans as the hottest team in the GT Le Mans class.

The team snared its elusive first victory with the BMW M8 GTE at the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR in August. They added a second straight win last time out at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Both times, Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims shared the winning car. A double stint of tires to the finish keyed the VIR win while in Monterey, the team stretched its fuel mileage to the last drop.

Now, BMW has a chance to end the year with its third consecutive victory to cap off the 2018 season. If they do so, they’ll match what they did at Monterey in terms of repeating its 2017 win.

BMW won last year’s Petit Le Mans with Sims, Bill Auberlen and Kuno Wittmer sharing the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM. The win came in Auberlen’s 400th start with BMW, the M6’s last race in class, and in Wittmer’s last start with the team.

A year later, Auberlen is back as Sims and De Phillippi’s third driver. Sims’ future in IMSA is uncertain for 2019, as he’s been confirmed with BMW’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship program for season five.

That trio will look for their first win together this season. De Phillippi, we should note, also has a win to defend at Petit Le Mans. He won this race last year in the GT Daytona class with the Land Motorsport Audi team. It’s also the same track where he won his first race in the Star Mazda open-wheel series, back in 2010 when he was only 17 years old.

BMW’s second car, the No. 24 M8, seeks its first win of the year. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn have been fast but frequently unlucky throughout the year. The team adds Australian V8 Supercars driver Chaz Mostert as third driver this weekend, in his GTLM class debut.

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