- Parent Category: BMW Racing News
- Category: 2014 IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship
- Published on Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00
- Written by Jeff Seabrook
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Amesbury, MA – June 2nd, 2014 -- The No. 94 of Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala started from the second row in P4 for Saturday afternoon's Chevrolet Classic at the Raceway at Belle Isle after an exciting qualifying session Friday evening. Dane Cameron topped the time sheet during Friday's qualifying sessions with just eight minutes remaining, getting knocked back to P4 with just a few minutes left in the session.
Markus Palttala started the race with a strong opening stint in the Turner BMW gaining two positions in the opening lap capturing P2. Just fifteen minutes into the 100 minute race, Palttala and the GT leader began to pull away from the field.
"I went into turn one defending my position, knowing we didn't quite have the power off the corners but I got a really good start and was able to jump from P4 to P2 in the first lap. I was busy trying to make up ground on the Audi while the Viper was right on my bumper. We had a couple good battles up front trying to get my nose in on the Audi while keeping the door closed on the Viper. Toward the end of my stint the Audi began to pull away but all and all I was very happy with the car and my drive." Markus Palttala commented.
Thirty minutes into the race, a full course caution was called for water on track allowing teams to make pit stops just after the minimum 35 minute drive time window. Palttala was called to the pits for four tires, fuel and driver change to get Cameron behind the wheel. The decision to take tires cost the blue and yellow BMW several track positions in the pits, as other cars pushed their luck electing not to take tires.
Cameron worked hard to make up ground after the chaos on pit lane, pushing the Turner BMW to the edge to make several crucial passes to work his way back up into sixth toward the end of his 60 minute stint, recording his fastest lap of the race with just three laps to go to cross the line in sixth just a half second out of the top five.
Dane Cameron said, "I think P6 is a good points day for us based on where some other cars finished. Markus had a phenomenal start but unfortunately we gave up some track position in the pits. From there I had my work cut out for me, it's extremely hard to pass here but I was able to stay out of trouble and make up a little ground before taking the checkered flag. The slow, tight corners did not really play to the strengths of the BMW Z4 but we look forward to Watkins Glen where I think we will be strong."
If you have not already watched the race the full race broadcast can be watched on IMSA.com with exciting in car footage from the Turner No. 94 BMW. For round five of the 2014 Tudor United Sports Car Championship, the team will return to action on the American Road-racing Mecca, Watkins Glen International in central New York State for the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.