Turner Motorsport and Bill Auberlen Clinch Drivers Championship The Championship for Turner Motorsport and BMW put to rest a seven-year Acura/Honda run of Driver's Championships. Thanks to strong finishes this year by the Turner Motorsport team,...
Turner Motorsport and Bill Auberlen Clinch Drivers Championship
The Championship for Turner Motorsport and BMW put to rest a seven-year Acura/Honda run of Driver's Championships. Thanks to strong finishes this year by the Turner Motorsport team, BMW is currently leading the Manufacturer's Championship too. Turner Motorsport has been racing Touring Car BMWs since 1998 - longer than any other BMW team. It's that experience and proficiency that propelled Auberlen to podium finishes all season even with weight penalties designed to equalize the level playing field. For the next round at Road Atlanta, Auberlen will be carrying 225lbs of success ballast but Auberlen's BMW will remain competitive.
"I was just pushing really hard and trying to score as many points as I could," Auberlen says. "The R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight just makes me and the Turner Motorsport guys dig deeper to find more speed. The car was fantastic today - and all season - and nobody in the paddock has worked harder than these guys at getting this Championship."
Will Turner closed to within two points of second place with his finish this past weekend. There are two races remaining in the Championship (Road Atlanta and Puerto Rico) and Will Turner is hot on the heels of his rival, Pierre Kleinubing. He has been steadily moving up through the top five over the last four races and has closed the gap to second thanks to sound driving and the preparation from the Turner crew.
"We as a team have been working really hard to keep Bill at the front. He keeps his foot to the floor at every race and his car has been the one to beat every time. My focus has been on finishing near the top and in front of my competitors. Now it's time for me to attack and stand next to my teammate in the Championship," Turner says.
The series heads to Road Atlanta October 15-17 for the penultimate round of the Speed Touring Car Championship. Bill Auberlen won the first Road Atlanta round earlier this year. Now Will Turner will be focused on the top spot.
Series sponsor, The Speed Channel will initially broadcast the Laguna Seca race on September 20th at 3pm Eastern.