Will Turner grabs 2nd place at Washington DC Grand Prix. Finish moves Turner to 3rd in the points standings. Washington DC July 21th 2002 - Will Turner drove his ...
Will Turner grabs 2nd place at Washington DC Grand Prix.
Finish moves Turner to 3rd in the points standings.
Washington DC July 21th 2002 - Will Turner drove his #92 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i to an outstanding 2nd place finish in the SPEED World Challenge Touring race at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington DC today.
Starting from 5th on the grid, Will was able to jump off the line and move quickly into the second spot. With typical Will Turner determination, by the second lap, Will had wrestled through moving Tim Pappas off the line and taking possession of second for the remainder of the race.
"Tim [#37 Kirkberg] had a good car today and drove a good race," said Will. "For me to go around him would have meant taking chances that I was not prepared to take. It wouldn't have been smart racing. We're doing well in the points and a second place finish at a brand new track isn't all bad. I'm pleased with the outcome and the move in the points standings."
When asked if he was aware of his teammate's run, Will added, "I saw Frank [#94 Selldorff] doing battle in my mirrors and thought to myself, `way to go Frank.... hold those guys up for me and I'll stay after Kirkberg.' "I guess Frank ended up with a fourth... that's great!"
Selldorff, in the #94 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i, had a great showing for the day. Starting from the 10th spot on the grid, Selldorff made the most of his start and found himself in three-way battle for most of the race. After the second yellow flag, Selldorff checked out on the restart and took over fourth for good.
Bobby Sak, in the #93 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i, did not fair so well. After a rough start, Bobby got caught up in the most aggressive group in the field. Starting in 9th, Bobby was locked into a swap meet among some pretty stout competition. The group got aggressive early and could never break away.
Bobby's first incident left him with a flapping rear facia. Next, on lap 14, Alfred DuPont [#51] took an erratic line and came across the nose of Bobby's car. The #94 car was momentarily upset but quickly recovered. Dupont however found himself re-designing the outer retaining barrier of the track and had to be removed by a wrecker.
On lap 24, an overaggressive Jon Prall in the #78 BMW spun Sak. Bobby was making his entrance into turn #3 when Prall attempted an inside pass. Failing to realize he didn't have the line going into the turn, Prall caught the rear corner of Bobby's car and put him into a spin. Doing the right thing and showing respect for his fellow competitors, Bobby allowed the field to pass before continuing. He was able to race back to finish 16th.
Will Turner's 2nd place finish moves him into third overall in the series point standings.
Today's race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel Saturday, August 4 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).
The next SPEED Touring Car event is Round Seven Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada August 2-4, 2002
The SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship provides competition between various makes of cars on the same track at the same time. It is becoming a regular occurrence to see more than 60 cars entered at World Challenge Touring Car events. Manufacturers include BMW, Audi, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Volkswagen and Mercury. To find out more about this hotly contested series visit www.world-challenge.com.
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