Turner Motorsport takes podium At Mosport Mosport, Ontario, Canada - 05/19/2003 - Bill Auberlen and Will Turner driving Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i sedans finished second and fourth, respectively, in Saturday's Speed Touring Car race...
Turner Motorsport takes podium At Mosport
Mosport, Ontario, Canada - 05/19/2003 - Bill Auberlen and Will Turner driving Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i sedans finished second and fourth, respectively, in Saturday's Speed Touring Car race from Mosport, Ontario. Auberlen was intent on scoring points after taking home the first place trophy in the first round at Sebring in March. With his podium finish he still maintains his points lead in the Touring Car Championship.
Bill Auberlen qualified in the eighth spot less than a second off the pole. He moved up one spot on the first lap. During the first part of the race he made an effort to conserve his tires and that paid off later when he was able to make a pass on Jon Prall's Audi A4 for second place. However, his car did not have the straight-line speed to make the pass on Pierre Kleinubing for first. He finished in second place - the highest finishing BMW. Auberlen continues his lead in the Touring Car Championship.
"With Lime Rock coming up next weekend I didn't want to do anything to damage our chances at our home race. The Toyo tires on the car were great up to the end of the race but Pierre just had more power everywhere and I didn't want to risk it," Auberlen said. "I'm leading the Driver's Championship and BMW is in first for the Manufacturer's Championship so I'm happy."
Will Turner's race started from the second row. A few cars got by him on the start but he was part of the lead pack of cars racing nose to tail for most of the race. He made those positions back over the course of the 50-minute race and crossed the checkered flag in fourth place. A solid performance in the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i moves him up in the Championship to fourth and sets him up for Lime Rock - his home track.
"This was an incredible race! The top 6 or 7 cars were all nose to tail for the first 20 laps or so and I was right in the middle of it! This was some great racing and will go down as probably the funnest race I have ever had," Turner said. "My car was great and except for a lack of top speed Bill and I would have had more for the Acura."
The Mosport race will be broadcast on The Speed Channel this upcoming Saturday, May 24 at 4pm. Also this weekend is Round 3 of the Speed Touring Car Championship at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Will Turner, originally from nearby Canton, CT, will host many of his fellow BMW enthusiasts and customers at the scenic track for Monday's race. Updates will be available throughout the week at www.tmsracing.com and www.world-challenge.com.