There will be big changes at BMW Team RLL in the IMSA 2018 series. That was announced during the BMW end of the year party tonight.
The arrival of Connor De Phillippi and John Edwards was announced two weeks ago, where the press release made it sound like Martin Tomczyk would once again be a part of the team, but today’s announcement shows that it isn’t so in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2018.
Instead will we have Alexander Sims and Jesse Krohn racing the brand new BMW M8 GTE cars through the full IMSA season. Philipp Eng, Augusto Farfus and Nick Catsburg will jump into the cars during the endurance rounds.
Sims was part of the 2017 line-up too, where he shared the car with Bill Auberlen, who will also join in on the endurance races throughout 2018.
Jesse Krohn has been driving for Turner Motorsport in the GTD category through the last few seasons, but has done VLN rounds, Nürburgring 24 Hours and ADAC GT Masters prior to that. It will be a big promotion for the Finnish driver Krohn, who isn’t related to Texan Tracy Krohn at all. He has so far only raced GT3 cars, but that will now be a fully fledged GTE/GTLM car.
The team will be running together officially for the first time at the ROAR test early January, ahead of the Daytona 24 Hours being run on the last weekend of January.