Turner Motorsport to Run BMW M4 GT4s Next Year

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Michael Accardi on July 7, 2017, 4:26 pm

Turner Motorsport will return to IMSA's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge next year with multiple BMW M4 GT4 entries.

The longtime BMW squad is also planning to expand its participation in the Pirelli World Challenge confirmed team boss Will Turner to Sportscar365.

“I said, ‘Give me as many as I can get!'” Turner said. “There’s multiple series we want to run in and that car has been a long time coming.”

Currently, the team fields an M6 GT3 in IMSA's GT Daytona class, but Turner has been absent from the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge's GS class competition since 2014 when it ran house-made M3s.

“It would be natural if we did some World Challenge with the M235iRs and the M4s, and in [IMSA] we’d do the M4 and some M6 [GT3s],” Turner said. “It would be nice to double up.

“The interest is there. Of course I haven’t given people budget numbers yet because I don’t know what the exact run costs will be. But hopefully it will be less than the last time we ran GS, because that was getting crazy [expensive].”

The M4 GT4 made its first public appearance in North American during last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen when the car was on display in the paddock.

“BMW has been a late adapter in the GT4 push but people have been waiting for the BMW,” Turner added. “It’s more of the stable platform. When you think of the specs of the car, it’s not a McLaren that has uber horsepower and a different engine design. It’s classic BMW.

“It could very well be the benchmark of all the other cars.

“I also think it’s going to be a good car for the gentlemen drivers because of the paddle shift, which will mean less wear and tear on the gearboxes.

“Hopefully the maintenance and running costs will be lucrative to funded drivers to make the season go.”

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