Turner Motorsport racing two BMW GT M3s in Grand-AM Rolex for 2011
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When Will Turner announced that his Turner Motorsport team would step up to compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series with a BMW M6 GT Class program in 2010, it seemed like just a matter of time before the multiple-championship winning organization would be winning races in GRAND-AM’s top series.
And that proved to be true when Turner Motorsport scored a debut victory at Mid-Ohio in June with the BMW-powered M6 matched to a Riley Tech chassis. Showing the win was no fluke, the team backed that up with a run to second place in July at Daytona.
Growing the team to support both the two-car Continental Tire effort and the Rolex program hasn’t hurt the Continental Tire effort one bit, as the No. 97 Turner Motorsports M3 is currently second in the championship with six podiums and two wins.
That growth is apparently set to continue, as Turner Motorsport confirmed exclusively to SPEED this week that his team will grow to a two-car Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class program in 2011. And that won’t be the only change, as the famed BMW tuner will also make the switch from campaigning the M6 bodywork to the M3 in 2011.
“The M3 is much closer to the brand identity for Turner Motorsport and our customers, so we’re making the change in the off-season to the M3,” said Turner. “The M6 is excellent, particularly from an aerodynamic point of view. But we think we can generate a lot of performance with the M3, just like we do with our M3‘s in Continental Tire Challenge and on the street for that matter, so we are excited about making the change for next year.”
Turner wasn’t willing to talk about who might be driving the second entry just yet, but hinted that the Rolex 24 could see some familiar faces.
“We had Boris, Billy, Joey, and Paul together to start the year at Daytona and it was pretty much a ‘Dream Team,” said Turner. “It was the first time out for us in the 24 with a brand new car and we were able to learn a lot and finish the race. But we didn’t get the result we wanted so hopefully we can get lock in strong driver line ups with both cars and start 2011 off right.”
“Since before we even unloaded at Daytona, there has been a ton of interest in this GT program. But we wanted to walk before we ran. Even with everything we’ve done to date, we are still rookies in Rolex! But now that we’ve won and have more experience in the series, we are in a much better position to not only grow, but to also be competitive with both cars next year. We’ve got some exciting things coming together and hopefully we’ll be able to make some announcements before the tire test.”
Stay tuned to Bimmerfest.com for more details on the M3 GT cars that TMS will be running!