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Watkins Glen. BMW M Team RLL has been awarded retrospective victory in the 6-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA Series) race at Watkins Glen (USA). Connor De Phillippi (USA) and Nick Yelloly (GBR) crossed the finish line in second place after a dramatic final phase, but a subsequent penalty on the first-placed Porsche for a technical infringement meant the historic first victory for the BMW M Hybrid V8. The last time a BMW prototype had won a race in North America was at Sebring (USA) in 1999 – the BMW V12 LMR.

Andreas Roos (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “Man! The first victory for the BMW M Hybrid V8 – a historic day for BMW M Motorsport and a big milestone for our LMDh project! Congratulations and many thanks to everyone at BMW M Motorsport in Munich, BMW M Team RLL and drivers Connor De Phillippi and Nick Yelloly! Of course we would have preferred to win on the race track, but this success is the result of long hard work and the well-deserved reward for the great performances of everyone involved in this programme. What pleases me most is that our pace was very strong throughout the weekend and we set the top times. We improved from race to race and earned our first win in the GTP class. I am incredibly proud of our entire crew!”

Nick Yelloly (#25 BMW M Hybrid V8, 1st place): “I’m incredibly happy for the whole team, whose hard work has more than earned them this victory. We have been improving steadily and the first win was in the air. Of course, we don’t want it to happen this way, as we’d rather win on the track and celebrate on the podium. But we’re still very happy to take the win – after all, it’s the first for the BMW M Hybrid V8 and also my first in the IMSA series. So it has a very special significance for all of us.”

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