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      06-14-2018, 06:00 PM   #1
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BMW M8 GTE to start Le Mans 24-hour race from 12th and 13th positions

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June 14, 2018... Le Mans. The grid order for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) is now set; after three qualifying sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, the two BMW M8 GTEs are starting their first races at the legendary “Circuit de la Sarthe” from 12th and 13th positions in the GTE Pro class.

In the first session on Wednesday evening, António Félix da Costa (POR) recorded a personal best of 3:50.579 minutes in the #82 car. That was enough to secure 12th place in the very competitive GTE Pro field. In the sister #81 car, Nick Catsburg (NED) was just 0.017 seconds slower and finished in 13th position. Pole position was claimed by Porsche with the #91 car. The race starts on Saturday at 15:00.

Reactions to qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans:

António Félix da Costa (#82 BMW M8 GTE):


“It was great fun to be racing against the clock with new tyres, in the dark, on this great circuit. In general, I felt at home with the BMW M8 GTE. A glance at the times tells you that we could not keep pace with the leading group. But a 24-hour race is not decided in qualifying. I am really looking forward to Saturday and Sunday.”

Nick Catsburg (#81 BMW M8 GTE):

“Qualifying helps us to get a good feel for the potential of our car, but the best possible grid position is perhaps not the most important thing to concentrate on at a 24-hour race. Let’s see how the race goes.”

BMW M8 GTE to start in 12th and 13th positions



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i have all 24hrs set up to record and tons of coffee!!!!
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Let’s hope that 8s are the hares of the race... I am aching for a surprise in the very competitive field. Go BMW!
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Not the most ideal position to start on the grid, but they have plenty of time to make it up. Anything can happen.

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Looking forward to the race and hope that the cars are competitive at the finish!

Well, you guys flap your paddles , leave the shifting to us amateurs !
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How's everyone watching these beauts run in the US?
It's running on velocity tv for the entire race. I think you're out of luck if you don't have that channel because the official Le Mans app on which the race is shown uninterrupted geoblocks US based IP's.
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The entire race will be aired on Velocity channel starting at 9am Eastern time.

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You can also stream it with eh Motor Trend/Velocity channel app. It's like $4.99/mo subscription.

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Have to see how BOP works out. The RSR qualified 3 seconds faster than everyone else.
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Have to see how BOP works out. The RSR qualified 3 seconds faster than everyone else.
They adjusted BOP again after qualifying. Porsche and Ford took penalties, Corvette, BMW, and AMR all gained some sort of improvement, and Ferrari is unchanged. Hopefully this tightens the field. Go BMW!

https://www.motorsport.com/lemans/ne...o-bop-1046261/
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