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DRIVER LINEUPS CONFIRMED FOR TURNER BMWs IN 10-HOUR PETIT LE MANS
Braselton, GA. – September 26th, 2016 –With the 2016 WeatherTech Championship finale fast approaching, Turner Motorsport prepares to finish the season out on a strong note following their victory at Circuit of the Americas last week.
The 18th annual running of the Petit Le Mans will mark the final round of the North American Patron Endurance Championship as well as the final race of the 2016 WeatherTech Championship; deciding the coveted Championship titles in both the prototype and GT classes.
On Saturday, both the No. 96 IHG Rewards Club M6 GT3 and No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal M6 GT3 will face off against the highly competitive GTD field on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta.
For the 10 Hour Petit Le Mans, season regular drivers in both the No. 96 and No. 97 will be joined by a third driver to complete the line ups.
Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala will be joined by Cameron Lawrence in the No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal M6 GT3, marking Lawrence’s first appearance in a blue and yellow BMW.
Bret Curtis and Jens Klingmann welcome the return of Ashley Freiberg behind the wheel of the IHG Rewards Club M6 GT3 for her third race in a Turner BMW, driving with Klingmann and Curtis in both the 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The trio finished on the podium with a strong second place finish at Sebring back in March.
“After being out of the seat all summer, I am tremendously excited to be back with Turner Motorsport in the IHG Rewards Club BMW!” Freiberg said. “After our second place together at Sebring, it’s been so exciting to see the continued success of the #96 over the summer so I feel optimistic that we will have a strong fight for that top step at Petit!”
The No. 96 enters the final race just outside the top-five in the extremely tight GTD Championship points standings, with a strong chance to finish inside the top three with favorable results on Saturday.
“With such great result at Circuit of the Americas last weekend, we are very excited and motivated for the final race and endurance event of the season,” Curtis said. “Jens and I have had our ups and downs this season but with two wins on the books, we are confident that we will be able to conclude our season on a strong result at Road America this weekend.”
Cameron Lawrence joins Turner Motorsport with a strong Patron North American Endurance Championship resume. In 2015, Lawrence recorded two wins, three podiums and one top-five finish racing in the GTD class at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans, ultimately winning the PNAEC team and driver championship.
“I could not be happier to join Turner Motorsport for Petit Le Mans this year,” Lawrence said. “It will be my first appearance in a GTD car for 2016 so I’m really looking forward to joining Michael (Marsal) and Markus (Palttala) behind the wheel of the Turner BMW. The BMW M6 GT3 is a very competitive car so we are optimistic for a strong race to end the Weather Championship season a positive note for Turner Motorsport and BMW.”
With the driver lineup set, the Turner team will begin practice on Thursday in preparation for Petit Le Mans on Saturday.
“I can’t believe we are already preparing and gearing up for the final race of the 2016 season,” Will Turner said. “We have made so much progress with the new BMW M6 GT3s so I am excited to run the final endurance race of the season, especially with some fantastic driver line ups.”
Petit Le Mans kicks off Saturday, October 1st at 11:00am ET. The opening hour of the race can be watched LIVE on Fox Sports 1 and the entire race broadcast can be found LIVE on IMSA.com. Beginning at 2:30pm ET the race can be seen on Fox Sports 2 LIVE. On Sunday, October 4th a condensed version of the race broadcast will be televised on Fox Sports 1 at 5:00pm ET. Please check your local listings as markets vary.
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