Auberlen and BMW move to the top of the touring standings with flag-to-flag victory at Road Atlanta. Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 93 Turner Motorsport BMW 325i in Round 4 of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring series today, scored his...
Auberlen and BMW move to the top of the touring standings with flag-to-flag victory at Road Atlanta.
Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 93 Turner Motorsport BMW 325i in Round 4 of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring series today, scored his third career and second pole-to-checkered-flag Touring victory of the season on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Ga.
Auberlen's first win of 2003 came in March at the season opener at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.
Benefiting from a second-place finish in Round 2 and a fourth in Round 3, this second win moves Auberlen into the driver's championship lead and puts BMW back at the top of the Touring Class manufacturer's championship standings.
Auberlen won by 3.450 seconds over the Mazda of Jeff Altenburg in the 25-lap contest and set the fastest lap of the race at 1:39.922.
Nic Jonsson's No. 27 Lectricair/Techmark 325Ci finished seventh after running as high as second in the early laps of the race and Touring rookie James Clay had the best day of his career, starting fourth and finishing 10th in his No. 36 Bimmerworld 325i.
The race is scheduled to be aired on Speed Channel on July 19 at 5 p.m. ET.
BILL AUBERLEN, No. 93 TURNER MOTORSPORTS BMW 325i (first): "I knew I had the rear-wheel-drive advantage of the BMW at the start, so I was confident of leading into turn 1. The two other BMWs of James Clay and Nic Jonsson jumped in behind me and held off the Mazdas. I was able to pull out a 4.6-second lead, but I did not have a 10th of a second more. The full-course caution about halfway through the race caused me some concern, but I was able to hold the lead."
NIC JONSSON, No. 27 LECTRICAIR/TECHMARK BMW 325Ci (seventh): "I got a great start and I think that goes back to my open-wheel driving days where every race had a standing start. I got up right behind Bill (Auberlen) early, but we just don't have the power on the long straights and some of my competitors were able to draft by me. We have some things to work on and we will come back stronger in round 5."
JAMES CLAY, No. 36 BIMMERWORLD 325i (10th): "We had not been able to get the set-up quite right until just before qualifying when everything clicked and I was able to find two seconds. I have never been racing close to the front before and I was able to learn some things. When Bill (Auberlen) started to pull away as soon as he had a clear track I got caught out a bit, but 10th is a career best for me so I am very happy."