Turner Motorsport - last lap charge not enough. Will Turner finishes 6th at Road America. Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 7th 2002 - Starting in 7th position, Will Turner's goal was to get a good hole shot and try to get his ...
Turner Motorsport - last lap charge not enough.
Will Turner finishes 6th at Road America.
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 7th 2002 - Starting in 7th position, Will Turner's goal was to get a good hole shot and try to get his #92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i to the front as quickly as possible. Bobby Sak in the #93 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i, echoed that plan as he, Turner and Frank Selldorff, in the #94 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i, took the grid for the start of the SPEED World Challenge Touring Series Round 5, here at Road America.
While both Will and Bobby got their hole shots, they quickly became subject to backed up traffic. The top five qualifiers were going at it hard right of the bat. With only 16 circuits of this 4 mile course, keeping up the momentum would be the key.
Traffic became Bobby's nemesis. While he was able to get a good start and work traffic early, the #92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i quickly became victim of the jam.
"I was good off the start," said Bobby, who finished 9th, "but that was it. From there, I was stuck trying work out of the traffic jam. The course requires you keep the momentum up on these cars. With such a large field, you have some cars that are fast on the straight who might not be as quick through the corners. Or, worse, have a tendency to overdrive the corners. I think, had we not had a yellow I could have worked my way through. But then again," he added, "the caution flag did bring us back up with the leaders. We'll get em' next time," he grinned.
Turner's problems, on the other hand, were somewhat self-induced.
"I made a bad call on my brake setup," said Will. "I was strong at the start and felt like I could move up quickly. The #92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i felt very good. However, after the restart, my brakes faded badly. I got into a few battles for position, but without the braking, I couldn't make them stick. I'll take the sixth place finish and move on to the next one. The team worked hard and did a good job making sure we stayed in it. I'm pleased."
Frank Selldorff, shared similar thoughts to Bobby Sak.
"The #94 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i was good. I just couldn't fight my way out of track. You get 45 Touring Cars all fighting for the same piece of
Wisconsin real estate it can get hairy. And the speeds that this track produces tend to make you very aware of the driver next to you." "I had a great time, though," he added.
The SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship provides competition between various makes of cars on the same track at the same time. It is becoming a regular occurrence to see more than 60 cars entered at World Challenge Touring Car events. Manufacturers include BMW, Audi, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Volkswagen and Mercury. To find out more about this hotly contested series visit www.world-challenge.com.
Turner Motorsports was founded in 1993 to provided BMW enthusiasts with high-performance parts. Through extensive on-track testing in BMW club racing and SCCA club/Pro Racing, Turner Motorsports has developed a line of parts unequaled in today's marketplace. This commitment has earned Turner Motorsports the reputation of "Ultra High Perfromance BMW Specialist." Visit Turner Motorsports on the web at www.turnermotorsports.com.