Turner Motorsport back on top of the GT podium at Watkins Glen

Second GT Victory of the Season Moves team to second in points.

Amesbury, MA. – August 13th, 2012 -- Turner Motorsport took their second GT class victory of the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series Saturday evening at Watkins Glen International. The win in the two-hour Continental Tire 200 by Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana puts an exclamation point on the statement the team began to write six weeks ago when they finished second at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen. The victory moves Dalla Lana into sole possession of second place in GT driver points – only 16 points from the lead. Turner Motorsport also moves to second in GT team points with three races remaining in the season.

#94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3: Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana
#94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3: Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana

Photo by: Adriano Manocchia

"We most definitely found the keys to the Glen following our test here earlier in the season," said Will Turner. "Second place in the six hour race on the long course and a win in Saturday's sprint race on the short course prove that. We are definitely still in the championship hunt. We've given BestRestaurantsInTown.com their first victory with Turner Motorsport and now they'll help us find the best spot for a victory dinner!"

Paul Dalla Lana started the Continental Tire 200 from the eighth qualifying position and within 20 seconds of the waving of the green flag made perhaps the move of the race as two competitors collided ahead of him. Quickly choosing the right line through the narrow confines of the Glen's turn one 90 degree right hander he avoided being collected and threaded his way through the mess. He continued to drive a strong stint, pitting for fuel under the race's first caution period and moving up to second place before pitting to hand the No. 94 M3 off to Bill Auberlen on lap 26.

Auberlen had the lead on lap 58 and was able to make a well-timed pit stop during the race's second caution period for fuel and tires on lap 59. Quick work by the crew put him back on the track still with the lead. His seven second lead was erased by the race's third and final yellow flag, but a very strong restart with only a few minutes remaining give the team a well-deserved second GT class victory of the season.

Source: Turner Motorsport

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