Turner Motorsport is upbeat on team's weekend progress. Washington DC July 18th 2002 - The SPEED World Challenge Touring Series is the Nation's capital this weekend to take part in the Cadillac National Grand Prix. The event is being held at...
Turner Motorsport is upbeat on team's weekend progress.
Washington DC July 18th 2002 - The SPEED World Challenge Touring Series is the Nation's capital this weekend to take part in the Cadillac National Grand Prix. The event is being held at RFK Stadium July 19-21 along with the American LeMans Series and the Trans-Am for BF Goodrich Tires Cup Series. The World Challenge Touring Series race will air on SPEED, Sunday, August 4 at 4pm EST.
For a team that prides itself on preparation, coming to a new track always presents a thrilling set of challenges. With no notes from a previous event to work from, the car chiefs can only wait to get the first practice on their belt and await driver feedback.
Forty Touring cars took to the track for the first practice session and the first look at this temporary road course. The drivers were greeted by fresh black asphalt lined with fresh concrete walls and 14' high safety fences. It is an intimidating site, to say the least.
With temperatures into the 90's, brakes, tires and patience are at a premium. Will Turner wasted no time moving his #92 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i to the front of the leader board. Gradually bringing the car up to speed, Will finished his session in the number two spot with a time of 1.28.392. Teammates, Bobby Sak [#93 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i] and Frank Selldorff [#94 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i] came out of the session looking for a little more speed.
In the second round things improved immensely for Sak [#93] and Selldorff [#94]. Selldorff was able to come up to speed and finish the day sitting 10th with a time of 128.107. Sak moved into the 12th spot with a time of 128.129. Will Turner's session saw an improved time of 127.468. However, the field was beginning to sort the track out and Will's time was only good enough for the third spot on leader board.
"We're gradually figuring this thing out," said Will. It's an odd track... there's not a lot of rhythm. Your on the brakes a lot. With this heat [weather was in the 90's] we're going to have to pay attention. There are a couple of 180's that really want to upset the car," he added. "We're relying heavily on each driver's feedback to speed up are learning curve. Each of us seems to have one part of the track we're faster than the other. When we share that data and combine the knowledge, we come away with a better chance of finding the quick way around. We've got our work cut out for us."
"It's been a great weekend so far, though," Will continued. "It's always fun to come someplace new. The turnout of the Washington Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America has been excellent. Meeting and greeting them around the paddock this weekend has been a wonderful opportunity to expose many of them to Turner Motorsport and some of our great BMW performance products."
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 Performance BMW Specialist." Visit Turner Motorsports on the web at www.turnermotorsport.com.