Turner Set for BMW Z4 GTD Effort

Photo: Darren Pierson/DPerceptions

Photo: Darren Pierson/DPerceptions

Turner Motorsport is set to campaign a BMW Z4 GT3 car in next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Sportscar365 has learned that an announcement is due shortly that will see Paul Dalla Lana pair with a to-be-announced driver in the team’s new GT Daytona entry, which took part in this week’s pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway.

Dalla Lana was joined behind the wheel of the car by Dane Cameron and Pedro Lamy in the two-day test on the 3.56-mile oval/road course.

The former Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge champion is expected to pull double-duty in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona between Turner’s GTD class Z4 and a factory Aston Martin V8 Vantage in GTLM.

Turner debuted its GT3-based Z4 in a private test at Road Atlanta last month and has continued to wait for the GTD technical regulations to be released before making a formal commitment.

It’s understood a second car is probable, although not a likely entry for the Rolex 24.

12 Comments

  1. Bakkster

    November 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Good to see Turner back.

    • Doug

      November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Back? They never left.

      • Bakkster

        November 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

        I mean, back for next season. There was speculation they’d only be doing CTSCC this year, glad they decided to go with the GT3.

  2. Kyuusei

    November 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t help but think its a bad idea to have multiple models of the same car running two different classes. So far we’ve got GTLM and GTD versions of the Viper, 458, 911, and now the Z4s. For us sports car enthusiasts it wouldn’t be a problem at all but to all the randoms and general public? They’re gonna be confused as heck.

    • Bakkster

      November 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      “The BMW with the red highlights is faster than the one with the blue highlights.” Easy :)

      The friends I took to the Baltimore GP this year seemed to understand the Pro-Am distinction pretty well (guys who get paid to race versus guys with lots of money like Patrick Dempsey who want to race against other guys with lots of money instead of pros), I’m expecting it to be much easier to explain and distinguish than ALMS.

      • Kyuusei

        November 21, 2013 at 2:25 am

        ALMS GTE Pro/AM was easy to explain away because they’re driving the same cars with just differing levels of driver ability. I have some doubts about DP Corvettes vs GTLM Corvettes as well, but at least those two look radically different.

        Think about trying to explain it to your family while you’re watching it…

        “Why’s that Ferrari so slow compared to that one?”
        Well that Ferrari isn’t as fast as the other Ferrari because the other Ferrari is specced to go faster to comply with ACO/WEC regulations for Le Mans.

        “Uh what?”
        Basically one of them is built to go slower.

        “Why? They’re both Ferrari’s aren’t they? Why would you have two Ferrari’s that look the same go at different speeds?!?”
        At which point you either sigh and give up, or you’re gonna have to spend 10 minutes explaining the differences.

        Public viewership and interest has always been lacking in US sports cars be it ALMS or Grand-Am, so I just don’t see this as helping in trying to make it more accessible to more people.

        • Bakkster

          November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

          We never had GTE Am in the states. Personally, I find that more confusing explaining how the Am cars need to be a year older.

          Aiming for explaining to family or someone who went to a street race just to see what all the noise was for is precisely what I think will be easier. Don’t go into ACO and all that.
          “The cars for the amateurs are built to be slower and have less technology so the two sets of cars don’t get in each others way.”
          Simple, if they want more then the details come out.

          We’ll see, but I think it’s going to be easier than ALMS, especially having just two prototype categories and the more obvious class colors to tell them apart.

    • JT

      November 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      The GTD is the base model, GTLM has the optional sport package…

    • Hedgey

      November 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      The “randoms and general public” aren’t interested enough in the classes for it to be a problem. For the most part they’re either just at the track to see some racecars go round or in the VIP areas and never actually seeing the cars in the first place. Those who are interested will already know or check it in the program.

      That’s just how sportscars has always and will always work.

  3. Ralph

    November 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I like the Z4 in GTD. Imo, the Z4 does not belong in GTLM.

    • Nick

      November 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      They need to bring the M4 over to the states, make that the GTLM

  4. D.C.

    November 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Glad that Turner Motorsport is still racing in the new sportscar series in the Z4 GTD car.

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