- Parent Category: BMW Racing News
- Category: 2014 IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge
- Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 20:23
- Written by Jeff Seabrook
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Amesbury, MA. – July 10th, 2014 -- Turner Motorsport looks to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada eager for round seven of the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship. The formally known "Mosport Park" is a fast 2.45-mile 10-turn road course featuring some of North America's highest speed sweeping turns and elevation changes, which should seemingly play into the strengths of the Turner BMW Z4.
The last time the blue and yellow BMWs appeared at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park was in 2008 competing in the Koni Challenge with the GS class E46 M3s. Prior to 2008 Turner Motorsport enjoyed a strong run of success at Mosport with three podiums and three top-five finishes.
This year the team comes off a short break following the milestone win at Watkins Glen International where the No. 94 BMW Z4 of Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala dominated the GTD field to win the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, in spite of the balance of performance adding 25 kg to the BMW Z4 just two days before the race.
This weekend, the Turner BMW Z4 will be awarded with yet another weight gain, as the latest balance of performance ruling following Watkins Glen has added another 30 kg, totaling 55 kg in just two weeks.
Will Turner added, "Of course I'm not happy with this balance of performance adjustment, we didn't have the fastest car at Watkins Glen, we just had the "perfect race". Now the team and drivers are just going to have to work even harder to overcome this adversity or we may have to resort to a strict diet for Dane and Markus."
Despite the weight gain award, Dane Cameron looks forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Turner BMW at one of his favorite tracks on the schedule.
"It will be tough to have a better race than we had in Watkins Glen, especially with an even heavier BMW, that was one of the special weekends where everything goes perfectly. CTMP is such an old school track which requires maximum commitment to be fast, I can't wait to see Markus' reaction after his first couple laps." said Cameron.
For Palttala, the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will be yet another new track to add to his ever growing list.
"Winning two races out of the last three has been such a great experience, especially at all these new tracks. The Glen was very special because it marked my first endurance race win in North America and first endurance win for Turner. The Canadian Tire Motorsports Park looks like another great circuit so I am hoping our now heavier BMW Z4 will be competitive." said Palttala.
Michael Marsal and Tom Kimber-Smith are also eager to get their blue and yellow BMW M3 on track for this weekend's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. The duo will look to continue their consistent results this season behind the wheel of the No. 97 BMW M3.
Marsal and Kimber- Smith have been working hard to make progress with the car all season long, delivering a strong performance at the Glen just two weeks ago.
"We had a really strong race at the Glen but just didn't get the results we were capable of. The car has been consistent and we have been constantly working to improve it so I look forward to getting back to it at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend." commented Marsal.
This weekend's action kicks off today with the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge practice. The Tudor Championship will get on track Friday. The CTSC race begins at 1:15pm Saturday, August 12th and will be LIVE on IMSA.com.
Following the CTSC race, the GTD class will begin qualifying at 5:20pm Saturday LIVE on IMSA.com. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday beginning at 2:00pm ET.