Auberlen is top BMW in Touring Car qualifying Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA - 09/06/2003 - Bill Auberlen and Will Turner put up a fight during qualifying for round eight of the Speed Touring Car Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway in...
Auberlen is top BMW in Touring Car qualifying
Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA - 09/06/2003 - Bill Auberlen and Will Turner put up a fight during qualifying for round eight of the Speed Touring Car Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. Against a flood of smaller, lighter cars they positioned themselves fifth and eleventh on the starting grid for this afternoon's race. The Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com team anticipate a strong run once the green flag flies for the two drivers this afternoon.
Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, California, carried the flag for BMW this morning placing fifth on the grid. He also led yesterday afternoon's practice session. Auberlen is carrying an additional 200lbs in weight per SCCA rules. Top finishers in each race carry additional weight for the next event. Bill's three wins and top five finishes in every race are adding up. But he leads the Speed Touring Car Championship points for the season.
"The weight is tough to overcome. I can feel it on every part of the racecourse. This track is a low grip track and the extra weight affects me not just in the corners but on the straights, up the hill, and under braking," Auberlen states. "The SCCA R.E.W.A.R.D.S. system is doing its job nicely."
Will Turner starts from the eleventh spot for this race. His Turner Motorsport BMW is falling to the same ills as his teammate although not as apparent. The low grip surface favors the lighter, more nimble cars in qualifying but Will says the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com BMWs will have a better race.
"The BMW will be the better car over the course of the 50-minute race," Will believes. "I expect to move up throughout the race and end up on the podium. A good strong finish is what I'm looking for. There's still a lot of points at stake over the remaining three events."
The Speed Touring Car field lights off at 6:35pm ET for round eight of the Championship. Fans can follow online at www.world-challenge.com and see results after the race with updates from Turner Motorsport. For those that want to wait for The Speed Channel to broadcast the race, that will happen on Saturday, September 20th at 3:00pm.
Those that missed the first broadcast of the Speed Touring Car race from Road America earlier today, Speed Channel will rebroadcast the race throughout the weekend. The next showing is at 10pm ET tonight.