Auberlen Marches To Victory Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs Celebrate Win And Championship San Juan, Puerto Rico - 10/29/2003 - Bill Auberlen, pilot of the ...
Auberlen Marches To Victory
Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs Celebrate Win And Championship
San Juan, Puerto Rico - 10/29/2003 - Bill Auberlen, pilot of the #93 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/ Allshocks.com BMW, landed his fourth win of the year last weekend in the season-ending race in San Juan. Will Turner preserved third place in the Championship with a ninth place finish. Frank Selldorff in the third Turner Motorsport BMW 325i improved on his starting position to finish in nineteenth.
Auberlen's record-setting season came to a close last Sunday on the temporary race circuit set up on San Juan's Isla Grande Airport. A heavy rain fell on the track just before the start of the race. Auberlen started from the second position. For 14 laps he paced Kleinubing at the front of the pack. As the track dried he was able to make the pass for the lead and hung on despite several challenges from Kleinubing. Auberlen won with a margin of 21 seconds and set the race's fastest lap by a mere tenth over teammate Will Turner.
Will Turner started the race from eighth place next to rival Kleinubing. Heading into the first turn, however, Turner was spun from behind and fell all the way back to 23rd. Turner took advantage of the drying track and his dry-weather tires to set the race's second-fastest lap and finish in the top ten. He sealed his position for third place in the Championship.
Bill Auberlen's win was his fourth in this amazing season. He clinched the Driver's Championship in September at Laguna Seca (quicker than any past Champion). Throughout the 10-race season, he never finished lower than fourth and scored eight podiums and seven fastest race laps. His 79-point advantage over second place is a new record. He also won three races and finished in second place in the Speed GT series.
There were no DNFs for any of the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com BMWs this season. When combined with Auberlen's extraordinary consistency BMW won the Manufacturer's Championship for the second time.
The Speed Channel's broadcasts for the Puerto Rico round of the Speed Touring Car Championship will begin on Saturday, November 15. This is an action-filled race right up to the end and you will not want to miss a lap!