Round 6 of the IMSA Weathertech Championship
This entry was posted on July 13, 2016 by Josh Biggers.
Turner Motorsports aFe POWER Equipped BMW M6 GT3 Comes Home Victorious!
Round 6 of the IMSA Weathertech Championship took place at Mosport just north of the Canadian border. The Turner Motorsport team had a solid qualifying position, as driver Bret Curtis had the No. 96 aFe POWER equipped BMW M6 GT3 starting from 4th.With a combination of quick and consistent laps, Curtis was able to keep the leaders in sight during the first half of the race. Co-driver Jens Klingmann took over the wheel in the second half of the race to reel in the leaders.
After a full course caution had been brought out by the GTD leader, this gave the team hope as it bunched up the field for another green flag restart. Klingmann took this chance to head towards the pits for four tires and fuel, preparing for the final sprint to the finish. Klingmann fought hard for several laps, resulting in taking second and first place from both the No. 33 Viper and No. 27 Lamborghini with 30 minutes to go. The result was a win for the No. 96 Turner Motorsport aFe POWER equipped BMW M6 GT3, making it their second podium of the year and the very first win for the M6 GT3 in North America.
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“I knew that when (team owner Will) Turner came on the radio and he said this is the fight for the lead and the win, we had a chance for the win,” Klingmann said. “(Bleekemolen) was fighting very hard, it was tough to stay close to him in [going into Turn] 5b. Just then, the traffic came towards us, and I think the Lambo was just too wide, so I tried the only way on the inside. When I got him, I had a little celebration in the car up to Turn 8, but it was short lived.“I was just managing the pace because we were running out of fuel. We did a short stop to get out in front of the Audis. I’m really proud, this is my first win in North America, and the first win for this new BMW.”
Here is what Jens Klingmann (Driver of the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3) had to say after the race -
Interview from - http://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com/