BMW M8 GTE Driver Alexander Sims Interview – Video
The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continues with back-to-back races at Watkins Glen International (USA) and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CAN). Last year, the two races resulted in two wins for BMW Team RLL – the first two of four victories for the BMW M6 GLTM racing programme. This year, the team is looking to repeat those results with the new BMW M8 GTE.
During the first four races of the 2018 season, the BMW M8 GTE scored a second place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring (USA) with the #25 car of Bill Auberlen (USA), Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Alexander Sims (GBR) after starting from De Phillippi’s first GTLM class pole. A second pole by Edwards in the #24 BMW M8 GTE and De Phillippi and Sims’ second place finish in the #25 BMW M8 GTE at the most recent race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (USA) in early May showed the programme’s continuing competitiveness.
De Phillippi and Sims are sixth in GTLM driver points, while Edwards and his team-mate Jesse Krohn (FIN) stand eighth. BMW holds the fourth spot in GTLM manufacturer points. BMW NA Ambassador Auberlen will rejoin the #25 team for the six-hour race at Watkins Glen and BMW works driver Tom Blomqvist (GBR) will co-drive the #24 BMW M8 GTE. The 24-year old is making his first start in the United States. He drove the #82 BMW M8 GTE at Spa-Francorchamps in the opening round of the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Alexander Sims (#25 BMW M8 GTE): “I’m extremely motivated for our return to both the Watkins Glen and CTMP races. It was a real highlight for us last year and I sincerely hope we can recreate some of those performances. Both circuits are unbelievably good to drive and I’m just eager to get the BMW M8 GTE out on track and get our teeth into the weekend.”