TURNER SCORES SECOND SPEEDVISION TOURING WIN IN WILD PPIR RACE FOUNTAIN, Colo. (October 2) -- Will Turner, of Newbury Port, Mass., took his second-career Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Championship win at the PPIR Road Racing Classic...
TURNER SCORES SECOND SPEEDVISION TOURING WIN IN WILD PPIR RACE
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (October 2) -- Will Turner, of Newbury Port, Mass., took his second-career Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Championship win at the PPIR Road Racing Classic at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Alfred DuPont, of Wilmington, Del., finished second, followed by Michael Galati, of Olmstead Township, Ohio.
Turner, who started third in the No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 328is, took the lead when early leaders Charlie Downes and Pierre Kleinubing tangled in turn two on the eighth lap, slamming the wall. Neither driver was injured, and Turner took the point, battling with DuPont and teammate Brian Wade for the remainder of the 45-lap, 60.3-mile contest. Wade was involved in a single-car accident on lap-43 while running third, promoting Galati onto the podium.
"I held back a little at the start, and it's a good thing because Charlie [Downes] and Pierre [Kleinubing] were driving really aggressive," said Turner of the lap-eight incident. "I didn't want to go back and forth too much with Alfred afterward, because that would give everyone behind us an advantage."
Driving the No. 51 European Racing Technologies, DuPont and Wade waged a fierce battle for much of the race, running side-by-side through the entire infield section at one point, trading paint, but never pushing one another off course. The second-place was DuPont's career-best.
"Brian [Wade] and I raced as clean as we could--there wasn't much lifting," said DuPont. "All that really happened was I had a mirror knocked off. The BMWs worked really well today--Will's team helped our team out a lot coming into the race."
Galati held down the Acura Integra R contingent in the No. 19 Duplicolor/RedLine/DC Sports entry, coming from eighth on the grid to finish third after missing much of the first practice session. Galati expanded his points lead to 15 (221 to 206) over Hugh Plumb, who finished seventh.
"I had an oil leak in practice, and then in qualifying, the differential locked up," said Galati. "My team put a new transmission in the car in an hour and we got one hardship lap and that was it. I could keep up with the BMWs in the draft, but not once they broke free."
Chuck Hemmingson, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Taz Harvey, of Danville, Calif., completed the top-five.
FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- Results from Saturday's 45-lap, 60.3-mile Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Round Eight race part of the PPIR Road Racing Classic Weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps complete and reason out (if any).
1. (3), Will Turner, Newbury Port, Mass., BMW 328is, 45. 2. (6), Alfred DuPont, Wilmington, Del., BMW 328is, 45. 3. (8), Michael Galati, Olmstead Township, Ohio, Acura Integra R, 45. 4. (5), Chuck Hemmingson, Des Moines, Iowa, Pontiac Sunfire, 45. 5. (10), Taz Harvey, Danville, Calif., Acura Integra R, 45. 6. (11), David Rosenblum, Langhorne, Pa., BMW 328is, 45. 7. (7), Hugh Plumb, Chadds Ford, Pa., Acura Integra R, 45. 8. (12), Rick Ellinger, Rockville, Md., Mercedes-Benz, 45. 9. (14), Jeff Tarr, New York, N.Y., BMW 328is, 44. 10. (16), Walter Markes Jr, Bronx, N.Y., BMW 328is, 44. 11. (13), Steva Lisa, Scottsdale, Ariz., Mazda 626, 44. 12. (15), Manny Matz, Somers, N.Y., BMW 328is, 44. 13. (9), Kevin Schrantz, Boulder, Colo., Acura Integra R, 44. 14. (18), Jim Jordan, Fallbrook, Calif., Mazda Miata, 43. 15. (19), Glenn Mueller, N. Vancouver, British Columbia, Nissan NX2000, 43. 16. (4), Brian Wade, Newfields, N.H., BMW 328is, 42, Crash. 17. (17), Fred Meyer, Dallas, Texas, Acura Integra R, 34, Crash. 18. (20), Grant Lockwood, Cumming, Ga., Honda Prelude, 12, Mech. 19. (1), Pierre Kleinubing, Erexim, Brazil, Acura Integra R, 6, Crash. 20. (2), Charlie Downes, Hawthorne, Calif., BMW 328is, 6, Crash. 21. (21), David Schardt, Datyon, Ohio, BMW 328is, 0, DNS.
Time of race: 52 minutes, 51.149 seconds. Average speed: 68.454 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.5550 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-5, Downes; lap 6, Kleinubing; laps 7-16, Turner; lap 17, DuPont; laps 18-45, Turner. Fastest race lap: Alfred DuPont, 1:03.174 (76.360 mph) Cautions: one for seven laps