SCC: Trois-Rivieres: Turner Motorsport race notes

TURNER MOTORSPORT FIGHTING HARD IN CANADA TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 22, 2008) --Turner Motorsport BMWs mixed it up last weekend in the Koni Challenge race at Trois-Riviere, Quebec, Canada. The defending race winners scored their ...

TURNER MOTORSPORT FIGHTING HARD IN CANADA

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 22, 2008) --Turner Motorsport BMWs mixed it up last weekend in the Koni Challenge race at Trois-Riviere, Quebec, Canada. The defending race winners scored their fourth top ten finish of the year and BMW advanced to second place in the Manufacturer's Championship.

Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen started from mid-pack but ripped their way to the top ten in the first few laps. The #96 Motul Lubricants/StopTech Brakes BMW M3, in the hands of Alhadeff, passed six cars in the early stages of the race before the team brought him during the race's first yellow caution period. There, Bill Auberlen took the controls and rejoined the battle in fifth spot. However, while dicing with other cars a piece of debris sliced the hose to one of his rear shock absorbers and Auberlen fought the car for the remainder of the race. He still managed a seventh-place finish.

Similar luck befell the #97 H&R Springs/Nova Derm/OCG/GoToPuertoRico.com BMW M3 with Bryan Ortiz and Don Salama behind the wheel. Ortiz did a fantastic job in Qualifying to start the race from the second row. From there he planted the #97 car in third place within striking distance of the leaders for his entire stint. During the first caution, the Turner crew did their usual lightening quick pit stop and Don Salama resumed the race in fourth place. But then contact with the wall bent a front suspension arm and Salama fought the car's handling to an eleventh-place finish.

Racing in the ST class, Matt Bell and VJ Mirzayan in the #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 330i were on solid footing at the beginning of the race until they were hit by another car on lap 9 and they were forced them to pit for a flat tire. They fell a lap behind the rest of the field and not even strong driving performances and fast pit work from the Turner crew was enough to get back into contention. They finished mid-pack in twenty-first.

Will Turner, Team Owner:"It was a tough weekend, emotionally, because all three of our cars were right there! Bryan Ortiz started from the second row and Matt Alhadeff was flying during his stint. And the ST car had a great strategy. But then bad luck intervenes. The good news is that we have really great BMWs and a really great crew. Together with our sponsors, we have the total package and that is a huge advantage before we even get to the track. We have three more races to go we'll be gunning it at every one!"

-credit: tm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Will Turner , Don Salama , Bryan Ortiz , Matt Bell
Teams Turner Motorsport