The Drivers 2018-08-09T09:19:30+00:00

2018 Drivers

Markus Palttala

2018 will be the fifth season for Markus Palttala with Turner Motorsport. In his first season with the team Palttala and co-driver Dane Cameron captured the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the BMW Z4 GTD, winning four races with six podiums and ten 10-ten finishes. He followed-up his championship-winning performance in 2015 with another competitive campaign alongside Michael Marsal, In addition to his success in North America, Palttala has had a large amount of success throughout Europe racing BMWs. The Finnish driver has started in over thirty 24 Hour starts including Le Mans, the Nurburgring and Spa all driving a BMW, claiming multiple victories in the process.

Robby Foley

Brand new to Turner Motorsport and the GTD class, Robby has always had a passion for motorsports.  Since birth he was always around race cars with his dad.  Robby started his driving career running karts in SCCA auto-x.  Even at the young age of eight it was apparent that he had a natural talent and he soon started to enjoy success karting.  Soon after he began karting, Robby began to compete nationally in auto-x traveling to National Tours and Pro-Solo’s with his dad who has been an SCCA member since 1986.  Robby ran Karts nationally from 2005 to the end of 2009 earning numerous trophies and a third place in 2008 at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National championships and a Second place overall in the year end Pro-Solo championship.

Don Yount

New to Turner Motorsport and the GTD class, Yount comes from primarily a prototype background racing in both the Prototype Challenge class of the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship since 2014. Yount is no stranger to North American Endurance events such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sebring 12 Hour and Petit Le Mans. Last year, Yount captured second place in the Championship points standings with 6 podiums in the PC class. In 2016 and 2015, Yount was able to record a total of nine podium finishes, most notably at Petit Le Mans. Most recently, Yount captured a GTD victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen with drivers Markus Palttala and Dillon Machavern in the No. 96 Turner BMW.

Bill Auberlen

Bill Auberlen is one of the most experienced active American racing drivers. His career started 30 years ago with his debut participation at 24 hours of Daytona. Since then, he competed 27 times, three with Turner Motorsport, scoring two class victories and three more class podiums. Although he was driving all types of race cars, Auberlen was most successful with GT cars and touring cars, becoming the IMSA GT-3 champion, Grand American Rolex Series GT champion as well as 2011 Grand Am GS Class Champion and World Challenge TC Champion with Turner. For most of his career, Auberlen was driving BMW cars, becoming a true ambassador of the famous German brand. In the last round of the 2017 IMSA SportsCar Championship, the Petit Le Mans, he recorded his 400th starts with BMW, marking it with a victory.

Dillon Machavern

Brand new to Turner Motorsport and the BMW M6 GT3, Machavern comes from an extensive and successful racing background in IMSA as well as Trans-Am, SCCA Majors and Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Most recently, the 23 year old Machavern captured a win in the first race of the 2018 season at Daytona after clinching the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GrandSport Driver Championship. Machavern also captured a recent victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in July of 2018 with Turner Motorsport.

Recent Drivers

Michael Marsal

Now entering his sixth season with Turner Motorsport, Michael Marsal will take the wheel in the No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal BMW M6 GT3 for the entire 2016 season with co-driver Markus Palttala. Last season Marsal completed a successful first season in the GT class of IMSAs United SportsCar Championship with Palttala in the No. 97 BMW Z4 GTD, claiming eight top-10s, three top-5s, two podiums and a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Lime Rock Park. Marsal brings extensive North American endurance racing experience to the Turner team, having competed at top tracks throughout North America in multiple Turner race cars and in a variety of race series.

Markus Palttala

2016 will be the third full-season for Markus Palttala with Turner Motorsport. In his first season with the team Palttala and co-driver Dane Cameron captured the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the BMW Z4 GTD, winning four races with six podiums and ten 10-ten finishes. He followed-up his championship-winning performance in 2015 with another competitive campaign alongside Michael Marsal, In addition to his success in North America, Palttala has had a large amount of success throughout Europe racing BMWs. The Finnish driver has started in over thirty 24 Hour starts including Le Mans, the Nurburgring and Spa all driving a BMW, claiming multiple victories in the process. This season Palttala will once again be paired with Marsal looking to put the blue and yellow Turner BMW on the top of the podium

Maxime Martin

Maxime Martin is returning to the blue and yellow BMWs of Turner Motorsport for the first time since co-driving the No. 93 BMW M3 GT with Michael Marsal during the 51st annual Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2013. That same year Martin started his rise through the ranks of the German DTM, first as a test and development driver, before his debut season with BMW Team RMG in 2014. In only his fifth DTM race he climbed to the top of the podium, on his way to rookie of the year honors. In addition to the German DTM Martin has competed in numerous series and races, including the ADAC GT3 German Championship, Blancpain Endurance Series. Martin will drive the No. 97 M6 GT3 during the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona

Jesse Krohn

Jesse Krohn will make his inaugural drive for Turner Motorsport during the 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. As one of BMWs most promising and talented young GT drivers, the Finland native will continue to hone his skills in the Turner No. 97 M6 GT3. After winning the first class of the BMW Motorsport Junior Program in 2014, driving a BMW M235i Racing, Krohn was promoted to drive with Marc VDS Racing in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), along with the VLN Endurance Championship with Walkenhorst Motorsport. Krohn continued to impress throughout the 2015 season, taking class victories with Marc VDS Racing during the ELMS season finale at Estoril, as well as a second place at the VLN finale, securing the Speed Trophy Championship in the process.

Bret Curtis

Bret Curtis is returning to drive for the blue and yellow BMWs after a strong first-season driving the No. 32 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 in the GT-A class of Pirelli World Challenge that included a season-best second place finish at Barber Motorsports Park. This season he will pilot the all-new BMW M6 GT3 with co-driver and BMW Factory Driver, Jens Klingmann in the GTD class of the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship. Prior to joining the Turner team in 2014, Curtis established himself in some of the worlds most prestigious and grueling races, including a total of six 24-hour races, four 12-hour races and three 6-hour races. He has achieved class and overall victories, along with eight podiums finishes in multiple racing series, on multiple continents at such legendary tracks as Le Mans, Daytona, Spa Francorchamps, Bathurst, Sebring and Laguna Seca.

Jens Klingmann

Twenty-five-year-old BMW Factory Driver Jens Klingmann brings significant endurance experience to an already stout Turner driver lineup. For the 2016 season, Klingmann will co-drive the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Bret Curtis. Klingmann tested with Turner Motorsport and the BMW M6 GT3 during the teams test at Daytona International Speedway last month. In 2015 he supported BMW Team RLL at Daytona, Sebring and Road Altanta as well as completed a full season of the ADAC GT Masters in a BMW Z4 GT3. This will be his first full season competing in the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship.

Marco Wittmann

Marco Wittmann, who in 2014 at the age of 24 became the youngest ever German DTM Champion for BMW, and the third youngest overall champion in the series illustrious and storied history. His storybook second season in the German DTM started with a season-opening victory in Hockenheim. Wittmann carried his success through the season, winning three additional races en route to the championship. Wittmann kicked off his BMW racing career in the German Formula BMW series, taking two victories and four podiums. Following continued success in Formula BMW Europe and the Formula 3 Euro Series Wittmann became a DTM test and development driver in 2012, making his DTM debut the following season in 2013. Wittmann will drive the Turner Motorsport No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 alongside Curtis, Klingmann and Freiberg during the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Ashley Freiberg

For the past two seasons, Freiberg has driven a BMW E92 M3 in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. During her time in the CTSCC she captured numerous class victories, including being the first female overall race winner at Daytona International Speedway. In 2015 she took home three podiums, along with the overall victory at Petit Le Mans. In 2013 she was the first female to win a Porsche GT3 Cup race when she took the top of the podium at Watkins Glen. This will be Freibergs first season competing in the GT class of the Weathertech United SportsCar Championship and will take part in select rounds of the Patron North American Endurance Cup at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans. When Freiberg takes to the track in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 at Daytona International Speedway she will become the first female driver in Turner Motorsport history.

Will TURNER

Will Turner, owner/driver of Turner Motorsport has personally raced in over 115 professional races with BMW since 1998 with 50 career victories as driver and/or team owner. Turner made a brief appearance in the Rolex GT class in 2011. In 2009 Turner finished eighth in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST point standings finishing first at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with co-driver Don Salama and capturing seven top tens with his Turner Motorsport Team. In 2007 Turner placed tenth in the Continental Tire GS driver points standings, earning five top tens and four poles in his first full GS season. Turner was ranked third worldwide in the BMW Sports Trophy points standings after winning the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Championship in 2006. Between 1998 and 2003 Turner began competing in SPEED World Challenge and earned three wins and 43 top 10s during the six year stretch.Will Turner, owner/driver of Turner Motorsport has personally raced in over 115 professional races with BMW since 1998 with 50 career victories as driver and/or team owner. Turner made a brief appearance in the Rolex GT class in 2011. In 2009 Turner finished eighth in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST point standings finishing first at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with co-driver Don Salama and capturing seven top tens with his Turner Motorsport Team. In 2007 Turner placed tenth in the Continental Tire GS driver points standings, earning five top tens and four poles in his first full GS season. Turner was ranked third worldwide in the BMW Sports Trophy points standings after winning the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Championship in 2006. Between 1998 and 2003 Turner began competing in SPEED World Challenge and earned three wins and 43 top 10s during the six year stretch.