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CHANGING GEARS, TURNER BMW READY FOR VIR AFTER STRONG WEEKEND IN UTAH.
Amesbury, MA. — August 15th 2018 — The Turner Motorsport team heads east to VIRginia International Raceway following a successful weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus competing in the Pirelli World Challenge for rounds nine and ten of the SprintX.
The No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 completed two SprintX races as part of a single event entry in the GT-Am class.
Drivers Naoto Takeda and Takuya Shirasaka recorded two podium results on the 14-turn 3.048-mile road course in Tooele, Utah. In round 9, Takeda and Shirasaka finished third in the one-hour GT SprintX competition only to improve in round 10 on Sunday with a second place finish.
“Racing with Turner Motorsport was a pleasure,” said Takuya Shirasaka. “The car was competitive, so we have a lot of run racing against the competition. We hope to be back racing in the United States soon. Thank you to the entire team for making it all go so well.”
The team now changes gears to compete in round ten of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend. Drivers Robby Foley and Bill Auberlen will team up in the two hour and forty-minute Michelin GT Challenge for the second GT-only weekend on the 2018 schedule.
“It’s been a very busy couple weeks for us with three back-to-back races,” said Will Turner. “Road America was a very strong event for us but in the end we just did not have the car to hold onto a podium result. VIR is another one of those tracks that our BMW really likes so we are happy to end this road trip here.”
Last year at VIR, Turner drivers Jens Klingmann and Jesse Krohn captured a second place finish on the 3.27-mile 17-turn course behind the wheel of the blue and yellow BMW M6 GT3.
This year, Auberlen and Foley will look to continue that success at this track after Foley and Pallttala who filled in for Auberlen, narrowly missed a podium at Road America just under two weeks ago. Foley and Palttala were running inside the top three until the last lap.
Auberlen commented, "I am looking forward to racing the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 at VIR this weekend. Based on last year’s performance of the BMW Team RLL M6 in the GLTM class the car looked like a sure winner until a puncture with eight laps to go dropped us from the lead. I see every reason that the M6 GT3 in the GTD class will be equally strong. I was disappointed to miss Road America and thank Markus for the quick substitution. I am 100 percent ready to go."
On track action will begin Friday August 17th for practice followed by GTD qualifying on Saturday August 18th at 12:25pm EST which will be LIVE on IMSA.com. The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR takes the green flag on Sunday August 19th at 1:05pm EST and will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports 1.