With 4 Races Left, 2 Championships Are Up For Grabs AMESBURY, MA, USA - 07/25/2006 - Turner Motorsport's 3 BMWs continue their quest for another title this weekend. Racing at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the team's drivers occupy the top...
With 4 Races Left, 2 Championships Are Up For Grabs
AMESBURY, MA, USA - 07/25/2006 - Turner Motorsport's 3 BMWs continue their quest for another title this weekend. Racing at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the team's drivers occupy the top two spots in the Grand Am Cup GS class and second place in the ST category. This weekend's race will be broadcast on The SPEED Channel on Saturday, August 5 at 1:00pm ET.
Heading into Round 7 of the Grand Am Cup series, TMS pilot Anders Hainer has a slim lead in the Grand Sport class. Thanks to four top-five finishes so far this year, Hainer has earned 141 points behind the wheel of the #97 H&R Springs/Under Armour BMW M3. At the last round held at Mid Ohio several weeks ago, Hainer drove to a fifth-place finish and on top of the overall standings in the Grand Sport (GS) championship.
Anders Hainer, #97 H&R Springs/Under Armour BMW M3:
"Our BMW M3 has been nothing but solid all year long and it's given us strong performances everywhere we go. We try to take advantage of the strong points of the M3: the excellent handling thanks to the H&R suspension, the awesome StopTech Brakes, and the superb preparation and work by the TMS crew. It's a fantastic package."
On the strength of back-to-back wins in the #96 H&R Springs/StopTech Brakes/Gleason Financial BMW M3, Bill Auberlen and Chris Gleason find themselves in a six-way tie for second place in the GS class. Of the six races run in 2006, only twice have they finished off the podium. They have scored wins at Lime Rock Park and at the last round at Mid Ohio. They trail their teammate Hainer by a single point.
The BMW M3 has come on strong in the last three races - scoring two wins and a second-place finish and boosting BMW in the manufacturer's championship to only four points behind Porsche.
In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Will Turner and Don Salama remain the hunt for the championship with four races remaining. They have finished in the top five in five out of the six races held so far this year, including the last four races at Laguna Seca, Phoenix, Lime Rock, and Mid Ohio. While 34 points back in the championship, the drivers of the #95 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i are ever-optimistic and aiming at wins and podiums to gain ground on the championship leaders.
Will Turner, #95 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i:
"It's definitely been an interesting year for the #95 330i. I'd say we're pushing the 330i to its max under the current regulations and it's not its outright speed that has kept us in the game - our excellent crew has kept us competitive in every race this season, our pit strategies have been getting sharper, and we've been able to dial in the setup on the car for every track. We just have to keep our competition on their toes and pounce on any mistakes they make."