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tim330i
05-07-2010, 10:38 AM
229179Turner Motorsport's pit strategy worked to perfection in Saturday's Bosch Engineering VIR 200 at Virginia International Raceway, while other teams were forced to make late-race pit stops and give up track position.

Joey Hand took the lead with 12 minutes remaining in the two-and-a-half hour race, the fourth round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season, and earned the Grand Sport (GS) victory with co-driver Michael Marsal. It marked the pair's first win of 2010 and third consecutive podium finish in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3.

"Coming off two thirds and now a win, we're streakin,' people," Hand said. "We pitted early and took the right amount of fuel. We had plenty for the finish, running full rich."

Marsal started the car, and his stint proved exciting. Not long after the race began, Marsal had a spin which only damaged the car's rear bumper.

"I recovered, kept it on the lead lap and started hammering it down the straight," Marsal said of his off-course excursion. "The brakes were really great; I was able to pull through."

Hand relieved he rookie sensation during the first of two pit stops, and was a podium challenger for the race's final hour. Jumping to the front of the field and not requiring fuel, Hand and the #97 M3 only needed to fend off the #6 Camaro, driven by past Turner Motorsport driver Matt Bell. Hand kept the Camaro in his mirrors and brought the TMS M3 to the checkered, giving Turner Motorsport its first win of the season and first win with the new V8 model M3. For Marsal, it marked his fifth start and first career win. For Hand, it marked his fourth Grand Am Challenge win. The pair also moved into a second-place tie in Championship points, only one point behind the leader.

In the Rolex GT Class, the TMS M6 narrowly missed a win in the final laps of the race. Bill Auberlen, who took over from Paul Dalla Lana in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport / Northwest BMW M6 at the 45 minute mark, pressured the Porsche down the stretch. Auberlen ran side-by-side with the race-leading Porsche with just two laps remaining before contact forced him off track and spinning into the grass. Though he was able to quickly recover the M3 and bring it back to the pavement, the closely grouped lead pack which he had previously kept in his mirrors, was able to get by, resulting in an eighth place finish.

This past weekends Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race will be aired on Saturday 5/1 at 1:00 PM eastern, on SPEED TV. It was an action-packed race that should not be missed.

There's no rest for the wicked; Turner Motorsport begins testing at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut on Tuesday 4/27, and makes its next race appearance on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 - 30. Turner will be racing both of its E92 M3 coupes in the Continental Tire GS class, as well as the #94 BMW M6 in the Rolex Sports Car Series, competing in the GT class. Buy your tickets now at Grand-Am.com and enjoy this fun and family-friendly weekend at Turner Motorsport's home track.