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TURNER MOTORSPORT BMW RETURNS TO MID-OHIO WITH AUBERLEN AND MACHAVERN.
Amesbury, MA. — April 30th, 2018 — With the extended break following Sebring coming to an end, Turner Motorsport prepares for the third round of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD competition.
Despite the long break, the team has been busy testing at both Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Lime Rock Park in lieu of the Long Beach Grand Prix which was removed from the 2018 GTD Schedule.
The No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 is set to return back to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to compete in the two-hour and forty-minute Acura Sports Car Challenge on the 2.4-mile, 15-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday.
In Turner Motorsport’s last appearance at Mid-Ohio, the team walked away with a win in the Rolex GT class and a second place finish in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class. Drivers Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana captured the impressive results just hours apart on the same day behind the wheel of their BMW M3s.
This year, Bill Auberlen is set to make his first appearance back behind the wheel of a blue and yellow Turner BMW since the 2013 season. Auberlen is a 20+ year veteran with BMW, competing in over 400 professional races with the brand.
“BMW of North America is pleased to be able to make Bill available to Turner Motorsport for the Mid-Ohio IMSA weekend to support Will’s team and Dillon Machavern,” stated Victor Leleu, BMW NA Motorsport Manager. “Bill adds some serious horsepower to our customer racing program and we expect him to be a real asset as the program expands.”
Auberlen will be joined by Dillon Machavern who will be making his second appearance behind the wheel of the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3. Machavern competed with Turner Motorsport in the 12 Hours of Sebring back in March, finishing eleventh.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into the Turner BMW this weekend after a solid test a few weeks ago out at Mid Ohio.” Machavern commented. “I have put some seat time in since Sebring and have really learned a lot, especially working with Bill (Auberlen) so I am excited to get back to work in Ohio later this week.”
“We are very happy to have Bill Auberlen back in a Turner Motorsport BMW,” Will Turner said. “It has been almost five years since Bill has run with us full time. As Bill (Auberlen) always says, the way to victory circle is always behind a blue and white roundel so I am optimistic that we will have a driver lineup and BMW this weekend out in Ohio.”
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On track action is set to begin on Friday, May 4th with the first practice. The WeatherTech Championship qualifying for GTD is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th and 12:05 PM ET. Tune into IMSA.com for the LIVE broadcast from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge will take the green flag at 1:05 PM ET on Sunday, May 6th and will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports 2.
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About Turner Motorsport
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.
2018 Weathertech SportsCar Championship Schedule
May 4-6 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course P/GTLM/GTD
June 1-2 – Chevrolet Sports Car Classic P/GTD
Belle Isle Park – Detroit, Michigan
June 28-July 1 – Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen P/GTLM/GTD
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
Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Connecticut
Aug. 3-5 – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/GTLM/GTD
Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Aug. 17-19 – Michelin GT Challenge GTLM/GTD
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
Oct. 10-13 – Motul Petit Le Mans P/GTLM/GTD
Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia – 10 Hours
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