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TURNER BMW WITH QUICK END TO OPTIMISTIC START AT LIME ROCK PARK
Lakeville, CT. — July 21st, 2018 — The Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley entered this weekend with high hopes for strong results at the team’s home track of Lime Rock Park for round 7 of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The duo of Auberlen and Foley recorded strong results in the Friday’s practice sessions on the 1.5 mile 7-turn circuit before qualifying sixth just tenths out of the top three GTD leaders on Saturday morning.
In Saturday’s race, Auberlen took the green flag with a strong run into big-bend and the left hander before contact on no name straight sent the No. 96 BMW off the track, collected by the No. 93.
“It’s really disappointing to see the race end this quickly,” commented Bill Auberlen. “I was running my line down the back straight and didn’t realize the No. 93 was so close… I had a good run off turn 3 and just didn’t expect him to be where he was. We had a good car and were looking forward to a good day of racing for BMW.”
The quick ending to the race comes just two weeks after a less than desirable finish up at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where contact ended a strong run to the front of the GTD field.
“We were really looking forward to a good race here today,” said Will Turner. “Our team has been working very hard on the setup for our BMW and we felt like we had a competitive car to run in front of our home crowd. I’m sorry for friends and family to make such an effort to get here.”
Robby Foley added, “Tough day for us at Turner Motorsport, unfortunately we go tangled up in an incident on lap one which ended our day very early but we plan to bounce back and try for another one next time.”
With Lime Rock Park in the rear view mirror, the team will now prepare for the next round of the 2018 season at Road America in just two weeks.
Last year, the No. 96 Turner BMW recorded a dominant win on the 4.048- mile 14-turn with BMW drivers Jens Klingmann and Jesse Krohn teaming up with a strong effort.
The Continental Road Race Showcase at Road America comes up in less than two weeks on August 3rd through the 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 380 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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Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia – 10 Hours
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