Turner Motorsport Wins at Lime Rock Park in 200th Race Turner Motorsport now has 8 GRAND-AM Wins at Lime Rock Park and 22 class victories, tied for GRAND-AM top team total; TMS moves to Championship lead with No. 97 BMW M3 "We don't want to...
Turner Motorsport Wins at Lime Rock Park in 200th Race
Turner Motorsport now has 8 GRAND-AM Wins at Lime Rock Park and 22 class victories, tied for GRAND-AM top team total; TMS moves to Championship lead with No. 97 BMW M3
"We don't want to finish second, we want to win" -Will Turner
29 May 2010--That philosophy couldn't have been more evident on Saturday afternoon as Turner Motorsport delivered a vintage race performance at Lime Rock Park to win the teams 200th professional race start.
Joey Hand and Michael Marsal shared the No. 97 Borla exhaust / Motul Lubricants BMW M3 for thier second consecutive GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge victory, moving the duo to the top of the Championship standings at the middle point of the season.
The win was a particularly sweet one, as the team celebrated with the huge crowd of friends and family on hand, as well as Turner Motorsport fans who traditionally make thier way to Lime Rock Park, the teams home track.
After moving up from 16th on the grid to 11th in the order during the race, Marsal turned the car over to Hand to close the deal as the BMW factory pilot rejoined the race in 22nd. After fighting his way forward, a strategic and timely Turner pit stop put Hand out in front of the 61 machine as cheers erupted in the Turner pits.
"I went out and was just cutting a rug out there," said Hand of his laps after pitting. "This place is just magic for Turner Motorsport, and its great to see so many fans here today, and especially to see so many Turner Motorsport fans here on the hill outside of victory lane. Every time I get in the car, I want to put on a good show and we did that today. Ever since the track was repaved, this place is a two-groove track and that gives us room to pass, and put on a show like we did. M&M (Marsal) did a great job and handed me the car in good shape to run hard to the end."
"I hate watching the last few laps!" said Marsal from the pit box as the final moments in the race clicked off. "I just wanted to give Joey a car he could win with, and he did just that. We had some problems in qualifying, but the team came back strong today and the car was just great. I'm excited to be a part of Turner Motorsport and especially on a day like today!"
While the win was well-worth celebrating, there was some notion of "what could have been," after the sister No. 96 BMW M3 H&R Springs/ Stop Tech Brakes machine of Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana led the race by over 15 seconds with just over 15 minutes to go, only to be knocked out by a suspension problem, erasing a probable 1-2 team finish in Turner Motorsports 200th start.
"This track is home for Turner Motorsport, and to win in our 200th start at Lime Rock Park is just awesome," offered team principal Will Turner as he celebrated with his family in victory lane. "It looked like Bill and Paul were going to be the guys to get the win today, but luck wasn't on thier side. It was Don Salama's call to go for just fuel in Joeys last stop, and it made all the difference. We were within a gallon at the end, he called it perfectly and here we are, back in victory lane. Hopefully we can do it again on Monday."
Turner's day was a busy one, as he and Salama shared the driving duties in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 328i to open up the day in the Street Tuner (ST) class race. After starting from the pole, the duo ended up sixth on the day.
The weekend will see some hearty celebrations on Saturday night for the team, some thrill-seeking at Six Flags for friends and family, and then a return to the track for Monday's Rolex Sports Car Series race as the team looks to break through for a GT Class win with the BMW M6.
-source: turner motorsport