Auberlen is highest finishing BMW; TMS adds manufactuer's championship to 2003 season. Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA - 10/17/2003 - Heading into today's Round 9 of the Speed Touring Car Championship, BMW needed a sixth place finish or higher to...
Auberlen is highest finishing BMW; TMS adds manufactuer's championship to 2003 season.
Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA - 10/17/2003 - Heading into today's Round 9 of the Speed Touring Car Championship, BMW needed a sixth place finish or higher to win the Touring Car Manufacturer's Title for 2003. Bill Auberlen sealed the top spot with a fourth-place finish. Will Turner retains third place in the Driver's Championship.
Bill Auberlen had already clinched the Driver's Championship last month at Laguna Seca. He started this race from the fourth position on the starting grid. However, lapped traffic prevented a podium finish when Auberlen was running in third place. Peter Cunningham was able to get by in the closing stages due to the lapped car's position in front of Auberlen. He finished the race fourth out of thirty-eight entries.
Will Turner started from eleventh but had moved up to ninth with the goal of advancing further. A shunt after being nudged from the rear put Will Turner into the wall on lap nine. He fell back in the pack to 30th but recovered and settled in 21st. The five points he gained will keep him in third place heading into next weekend's race in Puerto Rico.
"My race was going well for the first half. Then someone had contact with the rear of my car, which spun me around, and I hit the wall at Turn 11. From then on I just drove as hard as I could to get back as many positions and points as I could," says Turner. "Turner Motorsport won the Championship for BMW this year and I'm not counting myself out of second place in the Driver's title. We'll be in Puerto Rico next weekend and I plan on being back on the front of the grid."
This round of the Speed Touring Car Championship will be broadcast on The Speed Channel starting November 8 at 5pm.
The series will closeout the 2003 season next weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Touring Car series has never raced in Puerto Rico and will be an exciting event for Turner Motorsport customers and racing fans alike.