AMESBURY, MA - 08/29/2003 - Bill Auberlen will try not to let the 200lb weight disadvantage hurt his effort of winning the Speed Touring Car Championship but the extra weight is hard to ignore. But high finishes in the remaining three races are...
AMESBURY, MA - 08/29/2003 - Bill Auberlen will try not to let the 200lb weight disadvantage hurt his effort of winning the Speed Touring Car Championship but the extra weight is hard to ignore. But high finishes in the remaining three races are just what he needs to sew up the title. Will Turner wants to continue his string of consecutive top ten finishes and join his teammate at the top of the Championship order. To accomplish this, the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com team is focusing not just on winning but on consistent finishes as well for these final races.
Auberlen amassed this enormous weight by placing top five finishes in every race this season. Per Touring Car rules equalizing weight is added to slow a driver down. He has been the Speed Touring Car point leader since the fourth race of the season. Now going into round 8 his lead over Pierre Kleinubing is a solid 61 points. Many of his points have come from the three wins and six podium finishes that he has accrued.
"The weight is becoming an issue," says Auberlen. "Earlier in the season it didn't play such a big role. The Turner BMW handled so well and we had competitive power. Now, some of our punch has softened. Laguna is my home track and the competition better stay on alert. I plan on grabbing another podium - hopefully on the top spot but anywhere in the top five will benefit my position"
Will Turner, third in Championship points, echoes his teammate. "Winning this race is as important as ever. But solid, consistent finishes at the top can also win us a Championship for Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com as well as for BMW. My focus is on staying ahead of the field and supporting my teammate."
Turner's consistent finishes in the last few races have boosted him in the points. He sits in third place overall - twelve points away from second place - and charging hard. Over the remaining three races his mission is to build on his points and finish in the top three at the end of the year.
BMW holds a firm lead in the Manufacturer's Championship points.
Round eight of the Speed Touring Car Championship kicks off on Friday, September 5 from Laguna Seca in northern California. Speed Channel begins broadcasts on September 20 at 2pm.