Turner Takes Fifth at The Mosport Road Course Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner in the ...
Turner Takes Fifth at The Mosport Road Course
Barrie, Ontario: Al Turner in the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid notched another top five finish to remain in second in the Castrol Super Series point standings. Event #4, the 'Blue Streak presents the Mosport 250' took place on Sunday June 24th at the famous Mosport International Raceway Road Course. This facility continues making improvements for both spectators and the racers. This year there have been major upgrades to the racing surface and the track is now a minimum of forty feet wide everywhere.
Turner was quick right off the trailer and after the two qualifying sessions were complete the #76 Blue Streak Intrepid was deemed third quickest of the thirty-two competitors in the pits. An on track incident during the first session cut qualifying time short for them but after making repairs Turners crew sent him out with a quick car again for session number two.
Turner settled into his own steady pace for the early laps of this 250 km event, running in third behind pole sitter Kevin Dowler and second place qualifier Peter Gibbons. On lap 37 Turner took over the lead from Dowler and these two continued to jockey for the top spot for several laps. Turner then headed for the pits on lap 47 for refueling and four new tires. The Blue Streak Intrepid was set to make a run for the front as the caution came out to bring the field back together. Upon entering the hairpin turn on the restart Dave Whitlock's car experienced engine difficulties and with nowhere to go Turner ran into the back of him. This resulted in a green flag pit stop for the Blue Streak Intrepid to fix the hood. Another caution allowed Turner to again catch up to the field. After making a move on #88 Dave Jacombs, Turner moved into fourth with one lap to go. On the final circuit, Turner attempted a pass on third place runner Kerry Micks but when the dust settled he brought the Blue Streak Intrepid across the finish line in fifth.
"We had a good car even after we got the front end banged up. I really felt that we could have run up front with D. J. if circumstances had been different. We really wanted to be on the podium as this race was sponsored by Blue Streak, but fifth is not bad. We will take that and move on to Kawartha next week" said Turner.
Podium finishes included fellow Intrepid driver D. J. Kennington in 1st, 2nd Jim Lapcevich and 3rd points' leader Kerry Micks.
The next event for Al Turner and the #76 Blue Streak Team is at Kawartha Speedway on Sunday July 1st.