LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Will Turner drove his BMW 325i to victory since 1999 this afternoon in the fourth round of the Speed World Challenge GT Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Turner, who started beside pole sitter Paul Lambert, survived a ...
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Will Turner drove his BMW 325i to victory since 1999 this afternoon in the fourth round of the Speed World Challenge GT Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Turner, who started beside pole sitter Paul Lambert, survived a rough and tumble, time-shortened race that featured wild, three and four-wide racing and three yellow flags.
The race began with Tuner and Lambert racing door-to-door for the lead as the 54-car field hurtled into Turn 1. After several turns of close quarters racing, Lambert eventually out-dueled Turner for the lead, holding it until the second restart, when third place finisher Taz Harvey vaulted into the lead as the leaders ricocheted off of one another going into the first turn.
"On the restart, I put my car right between Will and the Audi [Lambert] and I popped out of there with the lead," explained Harvey.
While Harvey emerged with the lead, Lambert was shuffled back to fifth, where Chuck Hemmingson promptly spun him out. Nine laps later, Turner worked his way past Harvey going into Turn 2. Then Paul Bonaccorsi dropped Harvey to third a short time later. The third and final caution sealed Tuner's win, as the race finished under yellow.
"On the final restart I stayed clean and watched Taz," said Turner. "I saw he was weak going into Turn 2, and that's where I passed him.
Bonaccorsi claimed the first podium of his career by finishing second. "Once I passed Taz, I thought that I could catch Paul, but there was so much going on behind me that I just couldn't make it work."
Although Harvey had to settle for third, he's now second in Speed World Challenge GT points.