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Turner Motorsports Finishes First and Third in GT at Road America

The E92 M3 GT chassis still fighting the good fight.

Halston Pitman
Aug 14, 2013
Photographer: Motorsport Media

Yellow and blue took home the black and white during the VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 on Saturday at Road American in Elkhart Lake, WI. The team secured two podium finishes including first and third. This is the third time this season that two Turner M3s have made the podium in the same day, lady luck is in fact mysterious and generous.

Following a career best qualifying by Paul Dalla Lana, the No. 94 GT Class M3 started second in Saturday's race and remained up front for the entire race. After several battles the No. 94 of Bill Auberlen took the lead from the No.61 Ferrari, only to give it up ten minutes later to pit under caution for what seemed like a risky strategy call. With twenty minutes remaining, Auberlen drove to the inside of the No. 73 Porsche in turn 5 to regain the lead. With only five minutes remaining Auberlen had a comfortable 4 second lead allowing him to drive to victory for the third time this season in the No. 94 GT class M3.

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The No. 93 of Michael Marsal and Maxime Martin 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 No. 93 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 to finish 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."

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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