BMW Team RLL came up 20 seconds short of delivering a third consecutive GTLM class victory at Laguna Seca. The two BMW M8 GTE racing cars finished second and fifth in today’s Monterey Grand Prix. . The runner-up finish was scored by the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE, driven by John Edwards and Jesse Krohn, who started from the pole position and took the checkered flag 20 seconds behind the No. 66 Ford GT for our 10th podium at the track. The result is also the second 2nd place finish of the season for Edwards and Krohn and the 77th for the BMW Team RLL program. Tom Blomqvist and Connor De Phillippi finished fifth in the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE.
John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 2nd place): “It feels great to be back on the podium and be back in contention, especially after the previous races where we struggled with our pace. We regrouped, made the necessary changes to the cars and they paid off. Last year, our sister car won here on a great fuel strategy so it is satisfying to be able to compete with the same pace as the other teams.”
Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE, 2nd place): “Good day overall. Slight hiccup during my stint when I lost all power and that ultimately cost us the lead and may have cost us the win. It’s tough to know here because traffic plays such a big part but if you are the first car going through the traffic you most likely gain so losing that lead early-on was a bad blow for us. Overall, the team executed very well, the car was working pretty well and we came away with P2. Considering the issue we had, we can be very happy with our result.”