Turner Motorsport Takes 8th at Lime Rock Park in Rolex Sports Car Series LAKEVILLE, CT 31 May 2010-- Fresh from a record-setting GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race win at the home track, Turner Motorsport was looking for a...
Turner Motorsport Takes 8th at Lime Rock Park in Rolex Sports Car Series
LAKEVILLE, CT 31 May 2010-- Fresh from a record-setting GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race win at the home track, Turner Motorsport was looking for a strong run in Rolex Sports Car competition with the BMW-powered M6 at Lime Rock Park on Memorial Day Monday.
Despite having a stout driver line up in Paul Dalla Lana, Joey Hand, and Bill Auberlen, the day didn't end in a shower of champagne spray as so many traditionally have for Turner Motorsport at Lime Rock Park.
Dalla Lana opened the race from behind the wheel and clicked off lap after lap, fighting not just the mixed-class Daytona Prototype and GT class competition, but also the intense heat on offer in the cockpit of the sleek GT class machine. Track and ambient temperatures rose though the day, as the Canadian's racer moved up from 11th on the starting grid.
But a long green flag run, coupled with the lightweight and quick Mazda machines that went on to score 1-2-3-4 at the finish, meant that Dalla Lana was fighting from a lap down to the leaders before turning the car over to Auberlen. The yellow flags continued to play havoc with team strategy, keeping first Auberlen, and then Hand, from making up the ground on the field. After 2.75-hours of racing, the trio combined for an eighth place result after a hard-fought race on the teams home track.
"It was a frustrating day," said Dalla Lana. "I was hoping to have a chance to stay closer to the front, but we got a yellow flag on the first corner, and then then nothing for an hour and a half and that was not our ideal situation for the strategy we had worked out. Mazdas were 1,2,3,4, so we are fighting that battle as well. They have a good car and good drivers. It was tough here at Lime Rock, but the car should much better suited for the Glen. We may need a little luck, but we will be there!"
"We knew coming here that this was not the car to have at Lime Rock Park," offered team owner Will Turner. "Even though its a BMW-powered car, it just cant compete with the Mazdas here and they had a great result. The cautions didn't go our way at all. We were hoping to get a yellow early and then start cycling our drivers through and keeping them all fresh for every stint, but the early yellow that we got was just too early to do that. It is also a challenge today with the heat for the drivers--that car is very hot. I wouldn't put my biggest enemy in there. We showed that the BMW had some pace, but only until we burned off our tires a little bit. But the car is in good shape for Watkins Glen, and the guys are going to work on packing up, getting out of here, getting to Watkins Glen and seeing what we can do. It should be a better place for this car."
Turner Motorsport will post another duel-campaign next weekend as the team takes the points lead in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge to upstate New York, and returns to Rolex Sports Car Series competition with the 6 hour.
-source: turner motorsport