Five BMWs in Touring top 10 at LRP Matt Plumb finished in a career-best second place in only his third career Touring car start, keeping his No. 50 duPont Motorsport BMW 325 up front all day from his second starting spot at a very wet Round 3 of...
Five BMWs in Touring top 10 at LRP
Matt Plumb finished in a career-best second place in only his third career Touring car start, keeping his No. 50 duPont Motorsport BMW 325 up front all day from his second starting spot at a very wet Round 3 of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring Car Championship at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., today. Pierre Kleinubing won the 38-lap contest in an Acura by 16.664 seconds over Plumb.
Pole-sitter Will Turner jumped the start and was awarded a stop-and-go penalty, but recovered to finish ninth in his No. 92 Turner Motorsport BMW 325i.
Round 1 Sebring winner Bill Auberlen finished fourth in his No. 93 Turner Motorsport BMW 325i, making it all top-five finishes for the season after a second at Mosport's round 2 race.
Ken Dobson finished fifth in his No. 7 Chili Pepper Racing BMW 325Ci and Alfred duPont,in the No. 51 duPont Motorsport BMW 325, rounded out the top 10.
Auberlen now stands second in the Driver's Championship, with Turner third, Ken Dobson seventh and Matt Plumb moving into ninth. BMW is second in the Manufacturer's Championship by two points, as the series heads to Round 4 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on June May 27-29.
MATT PLUMB, No. 50 duPONT MOTORSPORT BMW 325 (second):
"Luckily it rained because we have not had a lot of time to test and the rain is a great equalizer. We knew we would be just a bit behind in the dry so we were happy to see the raindrops."
KEN DOBSON, No. 7 CHILI PEPPER RACING BMW 325Ci (fifth):
"We knew we did not have the best rain set-up, so to survive with a top-five is a good result. I had a little contact with Peter Cunningham's Nissan toward the end, which was unintentional, but racing in the rain is a risky business."
WILL TURNER, No. 92 TURNER MOTORSPORTS BMW 325i (ninth): 2"I got away cleanly from the pole and thought I had a good start, but about two laps later I was called in for a stop-and-go penalty for jumping the start. I lost a lot of positions and made up as many as I could. The spray in the back of the pack made it very difficult to see anything. All in all, two Turner Motorsport BMWs in the top-10 make for a good weekend."
ALFRED duPONT, No. 51 duPONT MOTORSPORT BMW325Ci (10th):
"It was a great race for me as I have not raced a lot in the rain and I was happy to be up where I was. I started 20th and hearing that my teammate, Matt Plumb, was doing so well kept me charging. Matt helped me a lot by showing me the wet line around this track and with the set-up the crew came up with it was a great race."