Munich, Germany- December 18, 2019… The motive force line-up for this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which begins in January, has been finalised. As they did final season, John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN) will share the cockpit of the #24 BMW M8 GTE run by BMW Crew RLL. Within the staff’s second automobile, the #25 BMW M8 GTE, Bruno Spengler (CAN) will contest the complete season within the IMSA collection. The Canadian will kind a North American duo with Connor De Phillippi (USA).
De Phillippi and Spengler will obtain back-up for the spotlight of the season, the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA), from Colton Herta (USA) and Philipp Eng (AUT). Edwards and Krohn will share the cockpit at Daytona with Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Chaz Mostert (AUS). Farfus, De Phillippi, Herta and Eng are the identical 4 drivers who took victory within the GTLM class after a dramatic, rain-dominated Daytona race in 2019.
Because it did final season, the IMSA calendar includes a complete of twelve rounds. At eleven of them, BMW Crew RLL will contest the GTLM class with two BMW M8 GTEs. In addition to the opening spherical at Daytona, additional highlights embrace the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) and the season-closing ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Street Atlanta (USA).
Jens Marquardt (BMW Group Motorsport Director):
“I’m trying ahead to the 2020 IMSA season and am assured that, with our 4 common drivers, we’ve every little thing in place to make it a profitable yr. We’re coming into our twelfth yr along with BMW Crew RLL. We’re additionally largely going with continuity on the subject of the drivers. John Edwards and Connor De Phillippi have a variety of expertise of the IMSA collection, and Jesse Krohn additionally did a very good job in his second IMSA season in 2019. All three know the BMW M8 GTE, the collection and the circuits in North America very effectively. Bruno Spengler has not solely proven his class all through his lengthy DTM profession, but in addition in his many GT outings on the endurance scene. I’m certain that he will probably be an actual asset to BMW Crew RLL. At this level, I might notably prefer to thank Tom Blomqvist for the good collaboration over the previous 5 years. Whether or not within the DTM, WEC, Method E or the IMSA collection, like final season, Tom has coped effectively on any terrain. We want him all the very best for the longer term. The IMSA season historically begins with the final word spotlight – the 24 Hours of Daytona. Will probably be good to see final yr’s 4 GTLM winners – Augusto, Connor, Colton and Philipp – again on the wheel of the BMW M8 GTE there.”
Bobby Rahal (Crew Principal, BMW Crew RLL): “As soon as once more BMW has given us a very good core of drivers to compete with in 2020. I’m happy with the continuity we’ve with John Edwards, Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn returning. It’s all the time a very good factor to have the ability to construct on the muse you’ve created when potential. Bruno Spengler is a very good staff participant and will probably be a terrific addition. I’ve a variety of respect for him and every little thing he has performed within the DTM. We’re pleased that Augusto Farfus, Colton Herta and Phillipp Eng, who helped us win the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona, will probably be returning to the line-up for that race and are additionally trying ahead to welcoming Chaz Mostert again. We thank Tom Blomqvist for his dedication to the staff this season and want him luck in his endeavours.”
Bruno Spengler (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “It’s nice to be a part of BMW Crew RLL now. I nonetheless know a number of the blokes from the races that I contested for the staff in Daytona and Sebring. Everybody has made me really feel actually welcome. I’m actually trying ahead to having a really skilled, sturdy GT driver as a team-mate at my aspect in Connor. I’m excited for the brand new problem and may’t look forward to the season to get began.”
Connor De Phillippi (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “We completed final season with a podium and naturally we want to construct on that within the BMW M8 GTE’s third season within the IMSA collection. We now have made a couple of enhancements throughout the staff and already made some progress over the winter. I am excited to see how a lot we could have boosted our efficiency. Our driver line-up could be very sturdy. I feel we’re prepared for the season opener at Daytona.”
John Edwards (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “I’m actually excited to be rejoining BMW Crew RLL, particularly as I preserve Jesse as my teammate and in addition our engineer. This consistency will hopefully assist us to additional enhance on the monitor as effectively. We had some good races final yr, however all in all it was a bit up and down and didn’t end in a very good championship place. The objective is to be extra constant in 2020.”
Jesse Krohn (#24 BMW M8 GTE): “As I’ll go into my third yr on this collection, the educational must be performed. For me it’s time to execute now. I do know the staff and we work rather well collectively. I don’t see a cause why we shouldn’t have a very good season in 2020. I’m actually trying ahead to it.”