Paul Miller Racing drivers Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow achieved their first ever IMSA class victory in the BMW M4 GT3 GTD at the Long Beach Grand Prix. The pair led most of the race and completed 69 laps with a lead of 1,886 seconds over second place. BMW Team RLL and Turner Motorsport were also unlucky. BMW M Team RLL M4 GT3 no. 25 and no. 96 Turner Motorsport M4 GT3 had three qualifying rounds deleted for violating the IMSA GTD technical regulations governing maximum engine speed. Robby Foley and Connor De Phillippi moved back to 18th and 25th overall and last place in the starting position.
However, Turner Motorsport managed to take an honorable fourth place in the GTD class. The BMW M Team RLL M4 GT3 No. 25 also finished fourth on the track in the GTD Pro class, but was moved to last place after it was discovered that Connor De Phillippi had exceeded his maximum driving time.
Bryan Sellers (Paul Miller Racing, No. 1 BMW M4 GT3) (P1, GTD): “It was amazing today! There is something really special about this event [Long Beach] – all the crowds and people. It is extremely special for us, because it is our first victory with BMW as a team and a manufacturer. We have our Total managers here and Paul Miller is here, so it’s amazing that we can do it in front of everyone. I’m glad this first one is gone and we have a monkey on our backs. It’s really great and now we see how we can continue to build from here. “
Madison Snow (Paul Miller Racing, No. 1 BMW M4 GT3) (P1 GTD): “We had a lot of pressure this weekend. We knew what we could do and that we could win these races. We started by winning pole position, but it’s a long race and there can be a lot of bloodshed. We were what we were they went there and did the best we could, and luckily I got a gap in the beginning, we had the M4 set up quite well for these races, but we didn’t have much time to test with it yet. Judging by this car, there’s a lot more “What he can do, and we’re really looking forward to the rest of the season. There were some nervous moments with the yellow flags at the end, but Bryan did a great job keeping ahead and leading us to victory.”
BMW teams are back in action from April 29 to May 1 at the IMSA Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, which Motul presented at the WeatherTech Laguna Seca. The street race lasting two hours and forty minutes will have a green flag at 15:10 ET on Saturday 1 May. Coverage on NBC will begin at 3:00 PM ET. IMSA Radio also provides inter-flag broadcasting.