Auberlen with Turner Motorsport BMW Sets World Challenge Record LIME ROCK PARK, Lakeville, CT - 07/05/2005 - For the second year in a row Bill Auberlen won the Touring Car race at Lime Rock Park and in the process set a World Challenge record...
Auberlen with Turner Motorsport BMW Sets World Challenge Record
LIME ROCK PARK, Lakeville, CT - 07/05/2005 - For the second year in a row Bill Auberlen won the Touring Car race at Lime Rock Park and in the process set a World Challenge record for the most number of wins at a single track. Team owner Will Turner also showed the speed of his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 325i as he ran as high as third during the race.
Bill Auberlen scored his first Lime Rock victory with Turner Motorsport in 2001. He followed up with a win and the pole last year and repeated both feats this year. His other two wins came in a BMW M3 in the GT category. The five wins at Lime Rock are the most by a single driver at any venue in World Challenge history.
Auberlen led from start to finish in car #1, a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 325i. Thanks to a flawless setup on his BMW and without being saddled by R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight Auberlen was the fastest driver around the 1.53 mile Lime Rock circuit with a fastest time of :57.778 seconds.
Bill Auberlen, #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 325i:
"Turner Motorsport and BMW just have this circuit figured out. It's great for the team to show up and be not just the fastest BMW team but also the fastest racecar and it's also great for the fans. H&R Springs, Borla Exhaust, StopTech Brakes. there's just a long list of excellent suppliers to the Turner Motorsport team to build the fastest BMWs around."
Team owner Will Turner, who grew up close to Lime Rock in Collinsville, CT, qualified in the eighth position - just 4 tenths off Auberlen's pole-winning time. Turner passed five cars on the start and came out of Turn 2 in third place. He held on to third but began dropping back near the end of the race. On lap 35 of 41 the clutch on his racecar failed and he was forced to retire. He was in fifth place at the time.
"It was a bitter pill there at the end. I'm happy though that the Turner Motorsport BMWs were fast throughout the weekend. We were near the top of the time sheets in every session and to have the pole, fastest race lap, and the win is just awesome. If we didn't have that problem near the end we would have had both cars on the podium."
The next round of the SPEED Touring Car Championship is at Infineon/Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, California on July 17. Just as at Lime Rock, Bill Auberlen will be looking to repeat his pole position and win from last year. Practice will be on Friday, July 15 with Qualifying on Saturday. The race will happen on Sunday afternoon, July 17 and will be broadcast Live by The SPEED Channel.