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Turner Set for Full-Season GTD Effort

Turner confirms full-season program with BMW M6 GT3…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Turner Motorsport is set for a full-season campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with Will Turner confirming its BMW M6 GT3 for the remainder of the year with a split driver lineup.

Turner revealed that BMW factory driver Jens Klingmann will be at the wheel of its GT Daytona class contender for the full year, joined by Justin Marks for the remaining Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds and Bret Curtis for the eight sprint races.

Klingmann, Marks and Jesse Krohn are taking part in this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, following their eighth place class finish in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“Just a couple of weeks before Daytona, I sealed the deal with Bret again, and Justin worked out, and it all sort of floated,” Turner told Sportscar365.

“The best part is having Jens in the car for the season to go for the drivers’ championship and stuff like that. We could do team championship, but driver is the one you want.

“So we can do that, and it’ll be good because Bret knows the car and obviously Justin knows the car because he did a fantastic job at Daytona. We’re psyched.”

Curtis returns to the team after a full-season campaign last year that delivered a pair of class wins alongside Klingmann at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Circuit of The Americas.

Turner, meanwhile, hasn’t ruled out a return to two cars for selected races later this year. 

“It seems like all of a sudden there’s been some more interest,” he said. “Before Daytona it was quiet, but now people are like, ‘Do we have an opportunity to run another car?’ And yes we do.”

The team will field a single BMW in the next round at Long Beach, due to IMSA accepting full-season entries only for the 100-minute street race, due to paddock space constraints.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Georg

    March 17, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Interestingthay Turner says driver championship is more important than team championship. I wonder why’s that.

  2. southcove

    March 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I was just thinking the same thing. The European concept is that the manufacturer championship (like F1, though everyone remembers the driver champion more than who he drove for) is the only one that matters, especially for commerial reasons.

    Maybe this is one of those paid seat deals, as far as the logic of attracting interest…though you can argue past racing history with those paid seat guys, ‘look how well we did…’

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