John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA) co-drove the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE to a third-place finish in the 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta (USA) to score the team’s sixth consecutive podium finish. The trio led the GTLM class multiple times and completed 431 laps to finish 4.412 seconds behind the winning Porsche. Farfus took the lead for the final time on lap 401, after the class had cycled through their final stops. Two laps later he was pushed off by a prototype car and had to run through the grass. As a result, he had to pit again to clean the grille, dropping some 26 seconds to the leaders. Charging back, he took advantage of a collision by a competitor to secure the podium finish as the race ended under caution.
John Edwards (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd place): “It was an amazing performance by the entire team today, but it ended in a bit of heartbreak after Augusto, with an 18-second lead, was pushed off by a prototype car. We did recover to finish on the podium and maximise points.”
Jesse Krohn (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd place): “The BMW M8 GTE was great. We led most of the race and had the car to win. Everyone worked very hard and one little thing took it all away. We’ll bounce back.”
Augusto Farfus (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd place): “That was a very frustrating result. The win was in our pocket and I got run wide in the marbles and off the track. I so wanted to bring the victory to the team that worked so hard today.”