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STRONG START FOR TURNER BMW M6 GT3 IN MOBIL1 12 HOURS OF SEBRING.
Sebring, FL. — March 19th, 2017 — Despite the early success in opening hours of the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring, the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 of Turner Motorsport was forced to retire early due to rear suspension damage sustained in the seventh hour of the 12 hour contest.
The No. 96 Katerra BMW of Justin Marks, Jens Klingmann and Jesse Krohn kicked off the second round of the Patron North American Endurance Championship with a strong start on the 3.74-mile 17-turn road course in Sebring, Florida on Saturday.
Marks quickly settled into a swift pace following the green flag to work his way up and into the top-ten of the highly competitive GTD field by the end of his impressive double stint.
“Our BMW M6 GT3 was competitive here at Sebring but unfortunately, we just couldn’t get the break we needed,” Justin Marks said.
Jesse Krohn continued on to complete a double stint to fight his way up into the top three before handing the car back to Marks. Krohn was able to manage competitive lap times while combating increasing track temps.
With just under seven hours completed, Krohn entered pit lane for a full service stop and driver change to get Jens Klingmann behind the wheel.
Klingmann continued to complete forty-eight minutes before being forced into pit lane with suspension damage caused by incidental contact with a GTLM entry.
Following inspection in pit lane, the No. 96 was forced behind the wall for repairs ultimately retiring the No. 96 Katerra BMW after completing 228 laps.
“It’s extremely disappointing to have this happen at such an awesome track and in one of our favorite events,” Jens Klingmann said. “Our BMW M6 GT3 had good pace here and my co-drivers did a great job behind the wheel to give me the car in a good position.”
Marks added, “It’s disappointing to be forced to retire early but I can’t say enough about the effort put forth by the entire Turner team and my co-drivers. It’s an honor to race with a group of such talented people.”
Turner Motorsport will return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racing action in just a couple short weeks for the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The Long Beach Grand Prix is on Saturday, April 8th and will be televised LIVE on Fox from 4:00pm- 6:00PM ET.
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