Long, fast track delegates Turner 8th place in a tight pack of front finishers. Alton, VaÂ October 28, 2002Â Making the best of their first appearance at the long and winding Virginia International Raceway, Turner Motorsport driver's showed ...
Long, fast track delegates Turner 8th place in a tight pack of front finishers.
Alton, Va October 28, 2002 Making the best of their first appearance at the long and winding Virginia International Raceway, Turner Motorsport driver's showed their metal in a rough and tumble battle.
Will Turner, [#92 Turner Motorsport /H&R Springs /Trenton Forging BMW 325i] starting 10th, had to run a smart race given the nature of the track. The change in qualifying process had left Turner in the middle of the fast crowd-- not the best place to be on fast, busy track like VIR.
"We really got hung out to dry by the change in qualifying," commented Will. "We had a very competitive car this weekend. However, when you start tenth on a World Challenge grid, you had better keep your wits about you. It is no place for heroics. The front group ran tight the whole race. Even though the tack is long and fast, it is also narrow. Passing zones are at a premium. In an effort to make sure I finished with all my fenders on the car, I tried to stay smart and keep out of trouble."
"All-in-all," Turner added, "we had a good finish. The top ten were very close at the end. I suppose I could have taken a few more chances, but when I look at what was happening in front, I'm glad I played it safe.
Turner's teammate, Bobby Sak was one of those victims. He had pushed his #93 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i into the thick of the front pack for fighting 2nd. Midway, Sak took a blatant hit from Kleinubing and got pushed off track in turn one. The incident sent Sak scrambling across the damp grass and took him out of contention. Officials took no action on the offending driver.
Frank Selldorff made a great run with the #94 Turner Motorsport / H&R Springs BMW 325i. Starting 22nd, Selldorff put is head down and made a charge through the field. By race end, he was one turn behind the top ten group and sitting in 12th.
Turner Motorsport will begin development for next year's program immediately. Looking to continue and build on this year's successes, Turner has indicated the team BMW's will undergo full overhauls for next season.
"It was a good season for us," said Turner. "We've learned a lot and we've gotten smarter. I really want to thank all the people that helped us. The guys on the team never gave up. In addition, the support we've gotten from folks like H&R Springs, Bilsteinshocks.com, County Line BMW, Patrick BMW, BMW North America, Hot Tomatoes, PAGID and Trenton Forging was invaluable. We wouldn't be here without them."
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. To find out more about this hotly contested series visit www.world-challenge.com.
Turner Motorsports was founded in 1993 to provided BMW enthusiasts with high-performance parts. Through extensive on-track testing in BMW club racing and SCCA club/Pro Racing, Turner Motorsports has developed a line of parts unequaled in today's marketplace. This commitment has earned Turner Motorsports the reputation of "America's Ultra High Performance BMW Specialist." Visit Turner Motorsports on the web at www.turnermotorsport.com.