Turner on SCCA Speed Touring Car pole at Lime Rock Park LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2003) -- Local driver Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., captured his third-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge pole today in the rain at Lime Rock Park,...
Turner on SCCA Speed Touring Car pole at Lime Rock Park
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2003) -- Local driver Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., captured his third-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge pole today in the rain at Lime Rock Park, in Lakeville, Conn., and will lead the field in Monday's Mohegan Sun Presents The Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park. Matt Plumb, of Newport, R.I., and Scott Bradley, of Mountain View, Calif., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i, Turner immediately jumped to the top of the time charts on his first flying lap, and was able to improve his time throughout the second half of the split SCCA Speed Touring Car qualifying session. His fastest lap was a 1:14.994 (73.445 mph) on a damp circuit at Lime Rock Park.
"We've done a fair amount of testing here, including one full day this year in the rain," said Turner, who was one of the fast cars in practice on Friday. "I don't have a tremendous amount of experience here in the wet, but, this being my home track, I have more here than anyone else.
"This is huge for us, as Turner Motorport has fans, family and our fans' families all here this weekend. The rain won't keep them away on Monday. It's a big event for us. We're thrilled to have BMW of Watertown with us for this race as well."
Plumb, who is currently second in the SCCA Speed Touring Car rookie standings, put together a fast lap of 1:15.095 (73.445 mph) and will start Monday's race from the outside of row one in the No. 50 duPont Motorsports/ERT BMW 325i.
Bradley, who made a handful of starts in the series last season, drove his No. 18 OPM Motorsports/TBPG/Red Line Mazdaspeed Mazda Protege to a fast time of 1:15.399 (73.051 mph).
Brazilian Pierre Kleinubing and Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., completed the top five. One point separates Kleinubing from Auberlen in the season's Championship standings, and the two have combined to win the last three races at Lime Rock Park.
The remainder of the starting grid for Monday's race will be determined by a combination of today's last chance race and the promoter's option. A final grid will be released later.
Monday's SCCA Speed Touring Car race will take the standing start at 10:00 a.m. For more information, including live timing, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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