Turner BMW M3s race into Barber with momentum

The Turner BMWs are no strangers to success at Barber Motorsports Park. Team will contest both the Rolex Sports Car and Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge in Alabama

Amesbury, MA. – April 3rd, 2013 -- Turner Motorsport carries their "double win" weekend momentum into Birmingham, Alabama for the third round of 2013 Grand-Am Series action at Barber Motorsports Park. Both the Rolex Sports Car and Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge series will race on Saturday April 6th after a month long break in the schedule since the historic Grand-Am weekend at Circuit of the Americas.

Race winners Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana
Race winners Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana

Photo by: Mike Geng

The Turner BMWs are no strangers to success at Barber Motorsports Park; especially after coming off of a double win weekend. Over the past four years the team has scored one victory, two seconds, two fifth place finishes and one sixth place finish on the 2.38 mile 15 turn road course. In 2011 the celebrated driver duo, Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana, took their second consecutive victory of the season in the No. 94 GT class M3 after narrowly missing the GS win in the No. 96 GS class M3 just hours before.

Just one month prior to the 2011 GT class win at Barber, Auberlen and Dalla Lana swept the Miami Grand Prix eventually going on to win the 2011 GS Driver and Team Championship in the No. 96 M3.

This year Auberlen and Dalla Lana continue to co-drive both the No. 96 GS class M3 and the No. 94 GT class M3. Michael Marsal will be joined by Gunter Schaldach for their third race together as team mates in the No. 93 GT class M3. The Marsal and Schaldach duo achieved a notable top ten finish in their first race together at Circuit of the Americas last month. Schaldach returns to Barber after his strong qualifying performance to start P3 in the 2011 Porsche 250 driving the Banner Racing Camero GT.R. Schaldach and co-driver Owen Gavin battled up front the entire race to finish 2nd behind the Turner No. 94 GT M3.

Paul Dalla Lana comments, "We're past GT winners at Barber and will be looking for good results. We still need to catch up in Continental Tire so will be pushing there and will be looking for a solid result in Rolex to maintain or improve our top 5 standings."

Currently Paul Dalla Lana and Bill Auberlen are tied for fourth place in the 2013 GT driver points standings after the first two rounds of competition, only trailing third place Emil Assentato and Anthony Lazzaro by five points. Turner Motorsport rounds out the top three in Rolex GT team point standings behind second place AIM Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari and first place Magnus Racing Porsche.

Will Turner explains, "This year has been like a rollercoaster so far, lows at Daytona then big wins in Texas .I am really not sure what to expect at Barber – especially after last year's GS race , when both my cars got taken out at the start in the crazy chain reaction. Being 3rd in points after such disappointment at Daytona is exactly what we need, as a team, if we are going to compete for a championship. We have a long way to go and the competition is tougher than ever so we are hoping for solid results at Barber."

The Turner Motorsport yellow and blue liveried BMWs will take the track at Barber Motorsports Park this Thursday afternoon for GS and GT class practice sessions in preparation for Friday morning's qualifying sessions.

On Saturday April 6th the GT class M3s will take the green flag at 12:45pm for the 2 hour Porsche 250 and at 4:00pm the No. 96 GS class M3 will begin the two-and-a-half hour Continental Tire Challenge Race.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Emil Assentato , Anthony Lazzaro , Will Turner , Gunter Schaldach , Paul Dalla Lana , Michael Marsal
Teams Turner Motorsport , Magnus Racing
Article type Preview
Tags auberlen, bmw, ctscc, dalla lana, grandam, marsal, schaldach, turner motorsport