Turner BMW with tough luck after promising start at CTMP

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Amesbury, MA — July 9th, 2018 — The Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley entered this past weekend with winning momentum after the team’s big victory at Watkins Glen International last week in round five of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The duo of Auberlen and Foley topped the charts in the weekend’s first practice session on the 2.4-mil 10-turn circuit before qualifying seventh just tenths out of the top three GTD leaders.

In Sunday’s race, Foley took the green flag to complete a competitive opening stint in his second appearance behind the wheel of the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3. Foley was able to make up one position on the very hard-to-pass Canadian Tire Motorsport Park before handing the car over to Auberlen in sixth.

“I had a good start pushing to keep pace with the leaders while also working to conserve on fuel,” said Robby Foley. “I know I needed to work hard to keep our BMW in good position to allow our strategy calls to play out.”

Auberlen continued to charge his way toward the front of the GTD field with the help of a clever strategy call by Team Strategist Don Salama to make a short fuel stop with two tires. The strategy put the No. 96 Turner BMW off cycle from much of the GTD field allowing the team to stop one less time than most of the field.

With just over one hour remaining, Auberlen sat in sixth just two seconds from the to-be leader after the final round of pit stops.

Auberlen worked to maintain a consistent pace to maintain position to strike until contact by a lap down Porsche sent the No. 96 of Auberlen into a spin, resulting in broken suspension and ending the strong race early for the team.

“Although the end result was a disappointment for the entire team, I am very happy with our performance and strategy calls as a whole.” Said Will Turner. “I think we were very well prepared for this race in every way but at the end of the day, you just can’t control everything that happens on track, some days it goes in your favor and some days it doesn’t.”

The No. 96 BMW finished eleventh place after being retired from the race.

The team will now prepare for their “Home Town Race” at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT on just two weeks on July 21st which will mark race number seven on the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule for GTD.

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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.

2018 Weathertech SportsCar Championship Schedule

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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