Auberlen Wins In Front Of TMS Home Crowd LIME ROCK PARK, CT, USA - 06/02/2004 - In front of a mass of blue and yellow-clad fans, Bill Auberlen won Monday's SPEED Touring Car race at Lime Rock Park. His Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of ...
Auberlen Wins In Front Of TMS Home Crowd
LIME ROCK PARK, CT, USA - 06/02/2004 - In front of a mass of blue and yellow-clad fans, Bill Auberlen won Monday's SPEED Touring Car race at Lime Rock Park. His Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i - wearing the Champion's #1 - carried him to a 5.811 second victory and his second win of 2004. Justin Marks in the #2 Turner Motorsport BMW 325i put in an outstanding performance to finish in the fourth position. Dino Crescentini in car #3 BMW needed a tire replaced late in the race and that dropped him back in the field.
Bill Auberlen drove a flawless race around the 1.5-mile Lime Rock circuit. He led from the standing start and held off the hard-charging Acuras of Pierre Kleinubing and Matt Plumb at the race's only caution-period restart. He was able to stretch his lead when he encountered traffic. Auberlen scored maximum points this weekend with the pole, most laps led, and the win. However, race winners are required to carry an additional 70lbs of ballast weight for the next round; Auberlen's two wins mean that his car will have 140lbs of ballast for the next race at Mid Ohio.
Auberlen dedicated his win to the crowd of Turner Motorsport fans and sponsors that attend every Touring Car race: "The Watertown BMW was fantastic! The team had the car dialed in using H&R Springs and it was perfect. The whole Turner Motorsport crew and the people at Sunoco, Red Line Oil, OZ Wheels, Piloti, and Meguiar's really worked hard for us and this win is for them."
Justin Marks did a fantastic job in the #2 BMW. He started from the eighth position and engaged in a race-long battle with three other cars for fifth. The 37-car field on the tight track guaranteed close racing. Marks advances in the overall Championship standings to fourth and is only 4 points out of second place.
A late race pit stop to replace a flat tire forced Dino Crescentini from tenth place. Contact with another car is to blame for his damaged wheel. He had to drive a full lap back to the pits where the Turner Motorsport team performed the change. Crescentini was back out and he finished in 29th place. Dino had started the race in fifteenth and was well on his way to another top ten finish in the #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown/Centric Parts 325i.
The Lime Rock round of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will initially air on The SPEED Channel this Sunday, June 6, at 12:00pm.
The next SPEED Touring Car race will be at Mid Ohio Sportscar Course in Ohio on June 27.