BMW drivers ended a stellar 2003 SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring Championship Series that saw the Munich marque capture both the Manufacturer's and Driver's Championships with an outstanding day at the Isla Grand Prix Circuit in San Juan, Puerto...
BMW drivers ended a stellar 2003 SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring Championship Series that saw the Munich marque capture both the Manufacturer's and Driver's Championships with an outstanding day at the Isla Grand Prix Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the series' 10th and final round.
Bill Auberlen, who clinched the 2003 Speed Touring Driver's Championship at the Round 8 event at Laguna Seca (Calif.) Raceway, won the 31-lap race around the 1.6-mile, 10-turn course from his third starting position in his No. 93 Turner Motorsport 325i. He won by 21.084 seconds over the Acura of Pierre Kleinubing. The BMW ace has totaled four wins, four seconds, one third and one fourth this season. Including today's race, he recorded seven fastest race laps.
Two BMW rookies had an outstanding day as well.
Matt Richmond had his best finish of the season, moving up 10 spots during the race in his No. 37 Bimmerworld 328i to finish fifth, earning the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for his efforts.
Matt Plumb scored his sixth top-10 finish of the year, placing seventh in his No. 50 duPont Motorsport 325 and capturing the Rookie-of -the-Year Award.
Rounding out the top 10 for BMW was Will Turner, who finished ninth in his No. 92 Turner Motorsport 325i.
Today's Speed Touring race is scheduled for broadcast on Speed Channel on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
BILL AUBERLEN, No. 93 TURNER MOTORSPORTS BMW 325i (first):
"We made the right choice in the beginning of the race by starting on dry tires. I thought the track would dry out and it would be too tough on rains. The funny thing is that even in the rain I could keep up. Turner Motorsport has given me a great BMW all year. We finished each race no worse than fourth all year and that is the way to win a championship."
MATT PLUMB, No. 50 DUPONT MOTORSPORT BMW 325C (seventh):
"We had problems all weekend long. We got it back together for qualifying, but did not even have time to align it. In the race I think a sway bar may have broken so I am very glad to finish where I did."
WILL TURNER, No. 92 TURNER MOTORSPORT BMW 325 (ninth):
"This was awesome. Bill won the race and I was able to secure third in the Driver's Championship. Turner Motorsport will have a party tonight."
In today's 22-lap CCCPR race that preceded the Speed World Challenge action eight BMWs were entered in the 49-car field.
Manuel Sotero and Rafael Betances Jr. finished first in the T1 class of the CCPR support event held here and second overall in their No. 42 BMW. San Juan BMW retailer Eduardo Pellerano and Gaston Rivera finished second in T1 and third overall in their No.115 BMW.