Turner Motorsport driver on Speed GT and Touring poles. ROAD ATLANTA, GA - 06/28/2003 - Scant minutes after setting the GT class pole in a BMW M3, Bill Auberlen did the same for the Touring class qualifying session in his Turner Motorsport/H&R...
Turner Motorsport driver on Speed GT and Touring poles.
ROAD ATLANTA, GA - 06/28/2003 - Scant minutes after setting the GT class pole in a BMW M3, Bill Auberlen did the same for the Touring class qualifying session in his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i. Thanks to first-hand experience of the wet/dry track, and despite a 100lb weight penalty, Auberlen was able to set the fastest time on his second flying lap. Conditions worsened during the session and his time stayed planted at the top. Other Turner Motorsport drivers Will Turner and Frank Selldorff scored 14th and 24th starting positions for tomorrow's 50-minute race.
Auberlen set the fastest time in this morning's Speed GT qualifying session. He then got into his Turner Motorsport BMW and repeated the feat for his second Touring Car pole position of 2003. His pole winning lap time of 1:39:320 was .071 seconds faster than the Mazda Protégé of Shauna Marinus.
"My track surface knowledge was definitely an advantage," said Auberlen, who also took the Speed Touring Car pole at Sebring International Raceway. As rained poured harder other drivers were left searching for the few remaining dry sections of racetrack.
Despite Auberlen's pole winning time, the Turner Motorsport drivers do not expect to match up to the superior straight-line speed of the Mazda Protege.
Tomorrow's round of the Speed Touring Car Championship kicks off at 12:30pm. Forty cars are expected to start the event and fans can keep track of the race on the main series website at http://www.world-challenge.com/2003/events/rat1/livetiming.html. And don't miss Speed Channel's broadcast of this race on July 12 at 3pm ET.