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TURNER SCORES ELEVENTH PLACE FINISH AFTER CONSISTENT RUN IN THE SEBRING 12 HOUR.
Amesbury, MA. — March 19th, 2018 — The No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Don Yount, Markus Palttala and Dillon Machavern scored an eleventh place finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday after a hard fought and consistent race.
Yount took the green flag from sixteenth place to kick off the second round of the 2018 North American Endurance Championship and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on the unique and very bumpy surface of the 3.74-mile 17-turn Sebring International Raceway.
Yount completed a one-hour twenty-minute stint to hold position before pitting for driver change to 2014 GTD Champion Markus Palttala. Palttala pushed on to complete a double stint to make up several positions before getting Dillon Machavern behind the wheel.
Machavern, the 2017 GS Champion, battled on to complete a successful opening stint in his first-ever appearance in the 12 Hour of Sebring before handing the car back to Markus Palttala.
“Sebring is such a unique track that is typically very hard on the car and especially the tires.” Said Markus Palttala. “The setup on our BMW M6 GT3 this weekend was very well balanced allowing us to run very consistently without a lot of tire drop-off late in the stint.”
Yount made one more appearance in the car with a very strong and clean stint before handing the car over to Machavern and Palttala to finish out the race.
“Overall we had a very solid race,” said Yount. “The car was reliable and competitive, the team did a great job getting a strong setup that allowed us to push the car the entire race.”
With the help of quick and error free pit stops, the No. 96 was able to stay on the lead lap for much of the race to battle inside the top-ten.
“The 12 Hour of Sebring is full of challenges and surprises so I am happy that we were able to stay in the hunt the entire race,” said Will Turner. “Our BMW was very well balanced which allowed for us to run well the entire race but unfortunately we just did not have the performance of some of the competition. We were – The Best of Rest – when compared to the cars up front like the Ferrari and Lamborghini which were clearly in their own class, I IMSA needs to make an adjustment before the next race… If they slow them down, everyone else can have a chance to win.”
Will Turner added, “Since we knew we could not drive our way to the front, a late race strategy move was made to take a risk with an off cycle fuel stop in an effort to gain position in the final hour, unfortunately the move did not play out as hoped and it ended up costing us a couple positions in the end.”
Palttala finished out the final two hours behind the wheel of the No. 96 pushing to make up ground on the top-ten cars to ultimately finish eleventh at the checkered flag after 12 hours.
Turner Motorsport would like to thank our sponsors for all their support including Southwest Funding, LIQUI Moly, Gas Monkey Energy, H&R Springs, Pagid Racing, Ohilins, Hillard and 1620 Workwear.
The Turner Motorsport IMSA team will have an extended break before the next round of racing at Mid Ohio sports Car Course May 3rd-5th.
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Turner Motorsport is the leading BMW tuner in North America, bringing technology and expertise from the racetrack to the street for over two decades. Since 1993 the Turner Motorsport Team has competed in over 370 professional races, winning seven professional racing championships in four different series since 2003. The most recent being the 2014 Team Championship in the GTD-class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Their success is passed into every component that Turner Motorsport designs and sells through their comprehensive website and performance showroom. Our Race Team, R&D Engineers and Sales Team work together, ensuring practical knowledge and state-of-the-art engineering flow in both directions. Few companies in North America can claim such a close relationship to what they sell and what they race.
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Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Michigan
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Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York – 6 Hours
July 6-8 – Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix P/GTLM/GTD
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
July 20-21 – Northeast Grand Prix GTLM/GTD
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Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
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VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, Virginia
Sept. 7-9 – Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda P/GTLM/GTD
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California
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Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia – 10 Hours
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