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    TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 22, 2008) --Turner Motorsport BMWs mixed it up last weekend in the Koni Challenge race at Trois-Riviere, Quebec, Canada. The defending race winners scored their fourth top ten finish of the year and BMW advanced to second place in the Manufacturer’s Championship.   Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen started from mid-pack but ripped their way to the top ten in the first few laps. The #96 Motul Lubricants/StopTech Brakes BMW M3, in the hands of Alhadeff, passed six cars in the early stages of the race before the team brought him during the race’s first yellow caution period. There, Bill Auberlen took the controls and rejoined the battle in fifth spot. However, while dicing with other cars a piece of debris sliced the hose to one of his rear shock absorbers and Auberlen fought the car for the remainder of the race. He still managed a seventh-place finish.   Similar luck befell the #97 H&R Springs/Nova Derm/OCG/GoToPuertoRic...
  • Qualifying: Formula BMW Europe, 22-24.8.08: Rounds 11 + 12, Valencia (ES)
    Qualifying: Formula BMW Europe, 22-24.8.08: Rounds 11 + 12, Valencia (ES).   Kevin Breysse and Esteban Gutierrez take pole positions.   During qualifying for the first European street race in the history of Formula BMW, Kevin Breysse (FR/DAMS Team) delivered the best performance of all 28 drivers to take his first pole of the season in round 11 of Formula BMW Europe. On the 5.44 km circuit in Valencia, with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, Marco Wittmann (DE/Josef Kaufmann Racing) claimed second place on the grid and Esteban Gutierrez (MX/Josef Kaufmann Racing) third. The grid line-up for the 12th race of the season is determined by the second-fastest lap in qualifying. That puts Gutierrez at the front on Sunday, followed by Breysse in second position and Wittmann (P3).   It was only thanks to the sterling efforts of his team Josef Kaufmann Racing that overall leader Gutierrez was able to take part in qualifying at all. After he slammed into a wall during th...
  • Lucky Number Eight for Automatic Racing’s Putman and Espenlaub
    TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – If there is any truth to the Chinese tradition that the number eight is lucky, then Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub are the luckiest men in the KONI Challenge paddock. The two drivers scored Automatic Racing’s best finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres with their third consecutive eighth-place finish. Putman qualified 10th among the Grand Sport entries, driving the No. 91 Automatic Racing BMW M3. After the start of the race, Putman kept the car near the front, battling his way back after getting hit by a competitor. Espenlaub took over the driving duties during a caution, and crossed the finish line in eighth. “We seem to be settling into eighth!” commented Putman. “We’re pretty happy because the finish is within our goals. This was my first time to Trois-Rivieres, and it’s notoriously tough to learn the first time out.” “We’re really impressed to see the success Charlie and Cha...
  • Preview Valencia: Strong Spanish drivers in Formula BMW Europe
    Preview Valencia: Strong Spanish drivers in Formula BMW Europe.   On the Formula BMW Europe winners’ podium it’s most definitely a case of Spanish spoken. 17-year-old Daniel Juncadella from Barcelona has already been up there five times in this successful junior race series, and on the top step twice as the winner of rounds 9 and 10 in Budapest. Four pole positions, moreover, have earned the Spaniard extra points to secure him his current second place in the overall rankings. “Things are going pretty well,” says Juncadella, although the Italian Team Eurointernational driver still can’t quite believe his outstanding achievements so far. At any rate, it seems he can rely on his DNA, with motor racing a traditional forte of the Juncadella clan. Two of his uncles raced in Formula One and his father was Spanish Formula 3 champion.   It was the BMW Motorsport talent scouts who discovered Ramon Pineiro (Fortec Motorsport) of Barcelona for Formula BM...
  • BimmerWorld: Mosport SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Preview
    The BimmerWorld BMW World Challenge team sets down at one of their favorite events this weekend at the high speed circuit just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Surrounded by picturesque hills at the tree-lined 2.5 mile circuit, Mosport famously demands both car and driver to perform at their maximum to earn a top finish. After a commanding victory at Elkhart Lake two weeks ago, BimmerWorld's owner/driver James Clay has his sights set on taming Mosport's rollercoaster-esque track. "Elkhart Lake was a wonderful achievement for BimmerWorld and I think it confirmed that we're at a good stage of development with our BMW E90 race cars. We figured something out at Road America on the setup and the car is very good right now. Hopefully, that advantage will continue for a few races. One thing we are able to bring into Mosport is some enthusiasm from the entire team, which always makes the workday seem shorter. It's never easy to win in World Challenge, and I don't expect Mosport to b...
  • Preview: Formula BMW Europe, 22 - 24.8.08: Rounds 11 + 12, Valencia
    Preview: Formula BMW Europe, 22 - 24.8.08: Rounds 11 + 12, Valencia.   Double premiere for Formula BMW Europe.   Munich, 19 August 2008. A weekend of challenges awaits the 28 young drivers of Formula BMW Europe. Rounds 11 and 12 will be held against the backdrop of the Formula One GP on the newly created street circuit in the Spanish city of Valencia. For the drivers, a twofold premiere beckons: on the one hand the weekend marks the first street race on the European continent in the history of Formula BMW, and on the other hand none of the drivers has had a chance to glean any driving experience there. All the junior drivers will therefore be entering uncharted territory: “I have prepared for the race by watching videos of the Spanish Formula 3 race that was held there four weeks ago. I’ve also been on location and had a look at the circuit. The crucial thing is whether you can quickly master the details,” says Spaniard Daniel Juncadella (Eurointernation...
  • Independents Win For Turkington At Knockhill
    Colin Turkington secured an Independents win for Team RAC at the eighth event of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill today (17 August).   In front of the largest Scottish crowd this century, Team RAC celebrated success with Colin Turkington claiming an Independents victory to strengthen his lead in the Independents Trophy.   Turkington lies in third place in the overall Drivers Championship with 160 points and Stephen Jelley in 15th with 8 points.   Round 22 Turkington extended his lead in the Independents Trophy by securing another Independents win for Team RAC.   Colin Turkington began the first race of the day at Knockhill from fifth place on the grid. The Northern Irishman started promisingly and was able to capitalise on an early incident between Onslow-Cole and Chilton to move into third place. The race was punctuated by two safety car periods and as a result was extended to 27 laps.   By the second restart on lap 13 Turki...
    With only three meetings left of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship Team RAC heads to Scotland looking to consolidate its lead in the Independent Teams and Drivers championships.   Colin Turkington heads to Knockhill this weekend (16-17 August) ? where he claimed two podium finishes last season - still harbouring ambitions of claiming his maiden Drivers' Championship title following yet another race victory in the last meeting at Oulton Park.   The Northern Irishman remains the man in form in the BTCC, securing six podium finishes in the last 12 rounds, a run which has seen him move up to third place overall, just four points behind Jason Plato.   Stephen Jelley's debut season in the BTCC continues apace after another encouraging round at Oulton Park last month. Crucial points secured at the Cheshire circuit maintained the 26-year-old's surge in the Independent Drivers' standings, which currently sees him sitting seventh.   Dick Bennetts, ...
    BMW Dealer Team UK driver Mat Jackson made his visit to Scotland well worth his while today as he scored an Independent victory, along with a fourth and sixth place finish in the eighth meeting of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship. As a result of his strong results the Accident Exchange-backed driver moved up in overall standings to fourth.   The majority of the race action was confined to the last fixture. Henley-in-Arden-based Jackson started from fifth on the grid but after being passed by Matt Neal on lap three and then pushed wide at CarLubes three laps later he found himself in a frustrating eight place behind defending Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi. The safety car was deployed on lap nine for two laps. Once the race restarted the frenetic action increased with Jackson out pacing Giovanardi on the start finished straight as he claimed seventh place. Meanwhile Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden were locked in battle for fourth. Ultimately the pair left the track and Jac...
    BMW Dealer Team UK rose to the challenge of the demanding Knockhill circuit today when driver Mat Jackson set the eighth fastest time for tomorrow’s first race of HIQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.   Jackson, who as a result of Tom Chilton being given a six-place grid penalty from the last meeting, will start the first race of the day from seventh. The 26-year-old is confident with tomorrow’s race pace after two productive free practice sessions earlier in the day; he completed a total of fifty laps and ran as high as fourth.  The 1.2-mile track produced a close qualifying result with only four hundredths of a second separating Jackson from P3 and half a second separating the top ten.   Jackson commented, “There is little room for error our there, the times are really tight as is the track!  We have a good set-up on the car and know we have a strong race pace, we just need to find the space as overtaking is generally confined to the hair...
    BMW Dealer Team UK heads north this weekend for the eighth meeting of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, Scotland.   Accident Exchange-backed Mat Jackson currently lies in fifth place in the overall series and is eager to continue his fight for Championship points. So far this year, the 27-year-old has enjoyed six rostrum finishes and, with a brace of wins to his name, he will be looking for more valuable points as the UK's ultra-competitive series enters the final stages of the ten-round Championship.   Last year, Jackson finished inside the points in two races at the hillside venue and if rain prevails, as forecast, it may be that the Henley-in-Arden-based racer will once again capitalise from the wet weather conditions in his rear-wheel drive BMW 320si and enjoy more podium success.   Jackson commented, "It's crucial that we come home with points in all three races this weekend. Yes, we generally go well in the rain but we can't coun...
    TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada  --Turner Motorsport will be defending last year's win on the streets of Trois-Rivieres this weekend - just one week after installing two cars on the podium in Iowa. The team is in Quebec, Canada for the exciting Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres weekend and the team is banking on their past experience and technology to successfully defend their victory in 2007. The Koni Challenge GS class will be racing on Sunday morning while the ST class takes to the track Saturday.   The Turner team has been visiting Trois-Rivieres for many years - first racing there in the SCCA World Challenge series and again with the Grand-Am Koni Challenge series. In Grand-Am competition, Turner Motorsport has won twice with the H&R Springs/StopTech BMW M3s (2007 and 2005) and finished on the podium three other times. Last year was a thrilling victory for the team with two Turner Motorsport BMW M3s battling traffic and challenging track conditions (see video link below)...
  • Automatic Racing’s Thornton and Segal Extend Points Lead
    Putman and Espenlaub Score Another Top 10 at Iowa NEWTON, Iowa – Automatic Racing got a great start to their back-to-back KONI Challenge rounds during Sunday evening’s race at Iowa Speedway: Jep Thornton and Jeff Segal extended their championship points lead, and Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub scored another top-10 finish amid a very hectic schedule. Thornton qualified in the No. 09 Imported Car Store/Rogue Engineering/LandAir/Engine Music Studios BMW M3, setting the fifth-quickest time and coming in under the previous Grand Sport class track record. The great qualifying session was just the beginning. Thornton stayed strong during his stint before handing the No. 09 BMW to Segal, who was running sixth until the final minutes of the race, when he moved up to fifth. With six rounds complete this season, they have finished in the top five in every race. The finish also gave Thornton and Segal another two points in the championship chase, and they are now 22 points ah...
    IOWA SPEEDWAY, Newton, IA  -- The Turner Motorsport BMW squad racked up more success in the Koni Challenge series this past weekend at Iowa Speedway. The three Turner BMWs achieved success in practice, qualifying, and the 2.5 hour enduro race with the end result being two podium finishes.   In the GS-class, the two Turner Motorsport BMW M3s broke the track record with the #96 Motul Lubricants/StopTech Brakes BMW M3 leading the field in the first practice session on Sunday morning and the #97 H&R Springs/Nova Derm/OCG/GoToPuertoRico.com BMW M3 not far behind in fourth overall. Later that morning in qualifying, Don Salama qualified the #97 M3 on the second row, just .02 second off the pole. Matt Alhadeff followed Salama from the third row to start the race.   In the 2.5 hour, 250-mile race on Sunday afternoon, the Turner strategy nearly paid off after the team’s lightening fast pit stop kept both cars back in the top four with less than half the race remainin...
  • BimmerWorld: James Clay Wins Elkhart Lake SPEED Touring Car Race
    After years of coming close and years of developing their own BMW E90 chassis to race in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series, team owner/driver James Clay scored his maiden win in the most competitive road racing series in North America on Sunday. This was BimmerWorld's first win since Joey Hand's victory for the team at Mid-Ohio in 2007. In a season thus far dominated by factory teams, BimmerWorld's breakthrough at Elkhart Lake was a popular one amongst fans and drivers. "I never knew what to expect after I got my first win the Touring Car, but it seems like the entire paddock-guys like Peter Cunningham, Pierre Kleinubing, and the rest of the guys made a point to congratulate me and the rest of the team. It means a lot. I think they understand how hard we've been working to make this happen." After heartbreak at Elkhart Lake in 2004 and 2006, Clay wasn't willing to let the likelihood of winning distract him until he dove past the checkered flag. "I've be...
  • Formula BMW Amercias - Race – Rounds 11 & 12, Road America
    Eurointernational teammates Alexander Rossi and Formula BMW Junior Adrien Tambay divided the bulk of the podium positions scored in Formula BMW Americas first ever three-race weekend. Rossi took the Round 10 and 11 victories from the pole. Tambay scored the Round 12 win after finishing in the runner-up spot in the previous two Rounds. Round 11: Overall points leader Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) scored his second consecutive victory at Road America with this morning’s Round 11 race win. Starting from the pole earned from his Round 10 victory yesterday, the 16-year old Californian led every lap, setting a new race record of 2:16.636 minutes on the penultimate lap of the 10-lap race, on the way to a 1.321 second winning margin over teammate Formula BMW Junior Adrien Tambay. Rookie and Formula BMW Junior Alexandre Ruiz (Apex-HBR Racing Team) finished third, the first Formula BMW podium ever for the young Brazilian. Gabby Chaves (Autotecnica), a guest driver from the Form...
  • Formula BMW Amercias - Race – Rounds 10, Road America
    Overall points leader Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) climbed to the top of the Formula BMW Americas career win category after scoring the Round 10 victory today at Road America. The 16-year old Californian won his fifth race of the season (eighth of his career), finishing 1.928 seconds ahead of teammate Adrien Tambay, a Formula BMW Junior guest driving from the European series, in the 10-lap contest around the classic 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit. Rookie Mikael Grenier (Apex-HBR Racing Team), also a Formula BMW Junior driver, had a fine drive from the seventh starting position to finish third. Apex-HBR teammate and fellow Formula BMW Junior Alexandre Ruiz finished fourth, equaling his career-best Formula BMW finish. Giancarlo Vilarinho (Eurointernational) finished fifth. Polesitter Rossi got away cleanly at the start to lead the field into turn 1. Tambay, from third, got past Ruiz on the first lap and began a race-long battle with Rossi. He took the lead on the second lap with ...
  • Formula BMW Americas - Qualifying – Rounds 10 & 12, Road America
    Overall points leader Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) was the fastest driver in both qualifying sessions for the first and third of this weekend’s three Formula BMW Americas races at Road America. Rossi, however, will only sit on the Round 10 pole. Formula BMW Junior and Rookie Mikael Grenier (Apex-HBR Racing Team) was awarded the Round 12 pole and a new qualifying record after IMSA officials determined that Rossi, Adrien Tambay and Giancarlo Vilarinho violated rule 5.7 (Unjustifiable Risk) and had their fastest laps in today’s session disallowed. The grid for Round 11 will be set by a driver’s finishing position in tomorrow’s Round 10 race. Round 10: Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) scored his fifth pole of the season in Thursday’s red flag-shortened qualifying session for Round 10 of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship. Rossi, who won a race here last season, took the pole with a lap of 2:17.806 minutes around the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Ro...
    IOWA SPEEDWAY, Newton, IA  -- Iowa Speedway, not far outside of Des Moines, is the site for Round 6 of the Koni Challenge sports car series and Turner Motorsport will be in the thick of the battle all weekend. The team is coming off two successful rounds in the series with a top ten finish at Barber and taking the pole and a podium finish at Watkins Glen. All three Turner BMWs will be in action for Sunday’s 250-mile endurance race.   Matt Bell and VJ Mirzayan will be wheeling the #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 330i in the Koni ST class. In the GS class, Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen take the wheel of the #96 Motul Lubricants/StopTech Brakes BMW M3 and Don Salama and Bryan Ortiz will pilot the #97 H&R Springs/Nova Derm/OCG/GoToPuertoRico.com BMW M3.   At last year’s Iowa race, the #97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 earned the pole spot. The #95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i started the race from the fifth position and finished on the podium. The past s...
  • BimmerWorld: Elkhart Lake SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Preview
    For most racers and fans, the 4.048 mile Road America race track nestled in the picturesque town of Elkhart Lake is a place of fond memories and future aspirations. But don't count the drivers of the BimmerWorld BMW World Challenge racing team amongst those with nothing but happy tales to tell about the twisting Wisconsin circuit. While they've all had highs and lows, the team's mixed fortunes at Elkhart are a blend of comedy and misery. For Nick Esayian - pilot of the #34 Debt Cures BMW E90, the state is responsible for his college education and also his racing education. "It was my home track when I started racing there in 1992 until I moved in late 1995. I had quite a few wins there along the way, but I'm still fishing for one in World Challenge." You'll have to excuse Nick--his memories of the track have a few gaps, thanks to one race that ended in unconsciousness! "Certainly one of my worst memories was getting KO'd in the Kink a few years back. I didn't even reme...
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