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Turner BMWs Claim First and Third in Grand Am Rolex GT at Road America
 
by Frank A. Filipponio | Aug 14, 2013
 



2013 is turning out to be a pretty spectacular year for Team StopTech, with another great result this weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In fact, the podium at Road America was flooded with blue and yellow as the Turner Motorsport team captured two GT class podiums in the VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 on Saturday. The No. 94 car came in first and the No. 93 car finished third – both using StopTech AeroRotors and AeroHats. That’s the third time this season that two Turner M3’s have made the podium in the same day.

Paul Dalla Lana qualified a career best second in the No. 94 BMW M3 and remained near the front for the entire race. It was a battle to get – and stay - in front though. Co-Driver Bill Auberlen managed to take the lead from the No.61 Ferrari at one point, only to give it up ten minutes later to pit under caution for what seemed like a risky strategy call. But with twenty minutes remaining, Auberlen drove to the inside of the No. 73 Porsche in turn 5 to regain the lead. He managed to build a comfortable 4.722 second cushion on his way to his third victory of the season.



The No. 93 of Michael Marsal and Maxime Martin, meanwhile, started P8 dropping to the back of the pack only minutes into the race after Marsal was hit by a Porsche in turn five. Marsal continued on to finish a resilient stint, handing the car off to Maxime Martin with about an hour and a half remaining. Martin charged through the pack to make his way up to third position with thirty minutes remaining. Martin made several attempts to get around the No. 73 Porsche, ultimately running out of time but gladly accepting third.

“My first GT podium!” Michael Marsal exclaimed, “Such a great ending to a race that started a bit rocky after being almost spun out only a couple minutes into it. I managed to regain my focus and keep the car in good position to hand it over to my teammate Max (Martin). His strong stint combined with a fantastic strategy move allowed us to finish on the podium at a great track.”

Don Salama; team strategist explained, "We expected that this race could come down to the right fuel strategy, however I didn't expect it to come so close. Both cars ran out of fuel right after taking the checkered flag. We made a unique call with a little over an hour to go with a full course yellow. This call put our cars in P2 and P3 with 30 minutes to go while many other front runners needed to come in for a splash and go (of fuel). Bill then made a great move for the lead and we made sure he and Max (Martin) managed every drop of fuel from that point on."

The team will make a quick turnaround to head to Kansas Speedway for the next round of Grand Am road racing action this coming weekend. The Rolex Series race will be televised LIVE from Kansas on Saturday August 17th at 8:00pm ET on the newly branded Fox Sports 2.

 

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