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Turner captures Road Atlanta Speed Touring Car Woody'S Ice Pole. BRASELTON, Ga. (October 10, 2002)-- Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., captured his second-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Woody's Ice Pole Position for...

Turner captures Road Atlanta Speed Touring Car Woody'S Ice Pole.

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 10, 2002)-- Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., captured his second-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Woody's Ice Pole Position for Friday's Audi Presents Petit Le Mans with a record lap at Road Atlanta.

Driving the No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i, Turner ran a lap of 1:39.004 (92.360 mph) around the 2.54-mile circuit--2.180 seconds faster than Hugh Plumb's 2001 track record. In all, 12 cars went faster than the old record.

"I guess when I have a good lap, I have a good lap," said Turner, who also earned the Woody's Ice Pole Position at Mosport International Raceway in August."I was able to get a nice draft down the back straight. I could feel it and that was my lap. Later on in the session, I think someone must have dropped some oil on the track, because it became slippery and no one was able to improve on their times."

Turner gained a valuable Championship point on point leaders Peter Cunningham and Pierre Kleinubing, who put their RealTime Racing Acura Integra Rs second and third on the grid, respectively. Cunningham leads Kleinubing by 12 points (202 to 190). Paul Bonaccorsi, who qualified 11th is third in points, with 174, followed now by Turner, with 171. Turner earned two points for his pole position. Second through fifth on the grid earn one point each.

Chuck Hemmingson, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Shauna Marinus, of Folsom, Calif., completed the top five in their Mazda Protege ES cars.

Turner is also poised to secure the second-consecutive Manufacturers' Championship for BMW. With one race to go, the manufacturer presently holds a 10-point advantage with nine points available per round. However, Turner may feel lonely at the front, with the next BMW on the grid appearing 10th.

"BMWs are my life," said Turner, who owns Turner Motorsport, a BMW performance company."Any time BMW wins something like the World Challenge Manufacturers' Championship, it's a benefit to me, my race team and my business.

The penultimate round of the 2002 SPEED Touring Car Championship is set to make its standing start Friday at 10:05 a.m. (Eastern).

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Peter Cunningham , Will Turner , Chuck Hemmingson , Paul Bonaccorsi , Hugh Plumb
Teams RealTime Racing , Turner Motorsport