Two Races + One Win + Two Podiums Triumphant Weekend TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, CANADA - 08/08/2005 - Turner Motorsport BMWs covered each step of the podium this past weekend with a victory in the Grand Am Cup GS class and second and third places...
Two Races + One Win + Two Podiums Triumphant Weekend
TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, CANADA - 08/08/2005 - Turner Motorsport BMWs covered each step of the podium this past weekend with a victory in the Grand Am Cup GS class and second and third places in the hotly-contested ST class.
The Turner Motorsport BMW M3 scored its third victory of the season with drivers Justin Marks and Bill Auberlen behind the wheel of the Baker Sox/H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW M3 in Sunday's GS race. The 24 year-old Marks started the #96 M3 from the front row but fell back to fourth on the start. Steady driving and consistency in the M3's handling brought Marks up to second place. After an hour in the car, Marks made a stop for fuel and tires and Bill Auberlen took over. Auberlen and the M3 persevered despite intense heat on the track to take a well-deserved win.
Bill Auberlen, #96 Baker Sox/H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW M3:
"This was a big win for us. It was really a test of durability over the long run and not about speed. There was a lot of factors conspiring against us this weekend but the M3 with the H&R Springs and the StopTech Brakes was just rock solid the whole race and the Turner Motorsport crew did their usual excellent work. And it was an even bigger win than usual because Trois-Rivieres loves Turner Motorsport!"
The win keeps the Turner Motorsport BMW and driver Justin Marks in second place in the championship points standings and moves us up within 25 points of David Empringham, who currently sits in first place in the overall GS points standings. There are three races left in the 2005 season.
Justin Marks, #96 Baker Sox/H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW M3:
"I think today is the official start of the season within the season when the real chase for the championship starts. From here on out, we have to be consistent and keep doing what we're doing and hopefully we can get more luck for the end of the season."
In the ST class, Will Turner and Don Salama picked up a spot in the ST class Championship on Saturday with their best result of the season thus far. After starting from fifth, the H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i was flawless with Salama and Turner behind the wheel and they crossed under the checkered flag in second place. While it seemed that everyone had brake and overheating problems, the Turner Motorsport 330i performed like a veteran marathoner with consistent handling and braking right up to the end.
Will Turner, #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i:
"It was close there at the end but we set the car up for the distance and picked our pace and it turned out very very well for us. We set the cars up for the long part of the race because we knew a lot of the cars would have trouble. The consistency of the BMW really showed at the end, as others were going down, we were still going fast. It's a great attribute to the Turner Motorsport crew and the consistency of the BMW."
Also having a banner day was the #97 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i driven by Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer. Pappas started the race from third on the grid and kept the same steady pace as his teammates in the #95 330i. Pfeffer was also in the groove and brought the 330i home in third place for their second podium finish of the season. Heading into the race Pappas and Pfeffer were in fifth place in the overall ST class standings.
Tim Pappas, #97 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i:
"We had a great time coming up here. This is definitely the most fun venue we visit. Even though the track is tight, it's still a great place to drive. My stint was fine and the car was very good. Traffic in the beginning was actually worse than I thought it would be and tightened up the racing. In general, we're really happy. The Turner Motorsport guys did a great job as usual and the BMW was the ultimate driving machine. We have three more times to do it again. We'll see what happens."
There is no SPEED Channel broadcast of this race. The next round for the Grand Am Cup series is August 26-27 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car course.