TMS BMW TEAM LOOKING FOR MORE THAN JUST SECOND PLACE Title Chase Drama Intensifies In Last Half Of The Season TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, CANADA - 08/02/2006 - Turner Motorsport BMWs scream into Quebec, Canada for this weekend's Grand Am Cup event...
TMS BMW TEAM LOOKING FOR MORE THAN JUST SECOND PLACE
Title Chase Drama Intensifies In Last Half Of The Season
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, CANADA - 08/02/2006 - Turner Motorsport BMWs scream into Quebec, Canada for this weekend's Grand Am Cup event on the streets of Trois-Rivieres. The flying blue/yellow machines have felt at home on the tight street-circuit ever since their first trip here with the World Challenge series back in 1998. Turner Motorsport drivers enter the weekend at the top of their respective Grand Am Cup classes.
Bill Auberlen and Chris Gleason lead overall in the Grand Sport class from behind the wheel of their #96 H&R Springs/StopTech Brakes/Gleason Financial BMW M3. They took the lead after last weekend's fourth-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Auberlen won last year's Trois-Rivieres event with a Turner Motorsport M3, setting him up as the early favorite for this year's race.
Only a point behind his teammates is Anders Hainer in the #97 H&R Springs/Under Armour BMW M3. Hainer has been on the sneak attack all season - scoring top five finishes in 5 of the last 6 races and leading the Championship before the last round at Barber. Hainer's performance is not surprising as he hit the ground running last year and has shown his talent for speed in each of the races this season.
Hainer's usual co-driver is Boris Said but for this weekend, Joey Hand will take his place while Boris is competing in the Nextel Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In the Street Tuner class, Don Salama and Will Turner continue to make a dent in the gap to first place in the overall standings. Salama and Turner finished in fourth-place in the last round at Barber - a race that they would have had a shot at winning were it not for the weather that ended the race early.
Turner and Salama have been on a charge all season long; they have scored 6 times in the top five in 7 races and have earned two poles. Their consistency and excellent pit strategy have kept them near the top of the standings all season long and they now sit just nine points back from first place overall.
This weekend's race in Trois-Rivieres will be 99 laps around the 1.5 mile street circuit. The Street Tuner and Grand Sport classes will run in separate races on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Practice gets underway Friday morning with Qualifying occurring on Saturday.