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BMW M Hybrid V8 Wins First IMSA Race After Porsche 963 Breaches Regulation

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It was a bittersweet weekend for BMW M Group RLL on the six-hour race in Watkins Glen a part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. On one hand, the #24 BMW M Hybrid V8 pushed by Augusto Farfus and Philipp Eng hit the boundaries on the very first flip after Farfus misplaced management of the electrified endurance automotive because of chilly tires. It sustained vital injury and needed to be retired.

Then again, the #25 BMW M Hybrid V8 completed second. Not lengthy after race, Connor De Phillippi and Nick Yelloly have been topped as winners. A post-race inspection of the #6 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963 of Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet confirmed a skid block that was lower than the minimal permitted thickness. A call was taken to maneuver the Porsche to the again of the GTP standings, subsequently selling the BMW to first place.

BMW factors out that the final time a prototype gained in North America was approach again in 1999 at Sebring with the V12 LMR. We have to return additional in time to 1986 when BMW scored its final GTP victory. To this point in 2023, the M Hybrid V8 grabbed sixth place within the inaugural IMSA race on the Daytona 24 Hours, adopted by a second place in Sebring and Laguna Seca. It crossed the end line fifth at Laguna Seca, and now, it has gained the Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen.

The M Hybrid V8 was main the race with simply six minutes to go till it was handed by the Porsche 963. Within the subsequent lap, Invoice Auberlen rolled over his GTD-class M4 GT3 with solely three minutes to go, forcing the top of the race to happen underneath yellow flags.

As a refresher, the M Hybrid V8 will probably be racing in Europe subsequent yr by participating within the World Endurance Championship (WEC), which implies we’ll be seeing it at Le Mans. In 2024, BMW will rejoice the 25th anniversary of the V12 LMR’s triumph on the Circuit de la Sarthe, so its non secular successor has some massive sneakers to fill.

Supply: BMW

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