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Auberlen Set for Full-Season Turner BMW GTD Effort

Bill Auberlen set for full-season effort in Turner BMW M6 GT3 alongside Robby Foley…

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Bill Auberlen is set for a full-season campaign with Turner Motorsport in the GT Daytona class, with the BMW veteran confirmed alongside Robby Foley for the entire 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Auberlen, who contested the majority of the 2018 season with the Will Turner-led squad, will compete in the full 11-race GTD championship in the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3, in pursuit of becoming the winningest driver in IMSA history.

It will mark his first full-season effort with the team since 2013.

“I am very pleased to race the full 2019 IMSA season with BMW, Turner Motorsport and Robby Foley,” Auberlen said.

“There are very few things I have not done in a BMW over the last two decades, but this year there is something that has my focus.

“I am only three victories away from being the all-time leader in North American sports car victories. Those wins – and the GTD championship – will make for a very good year with my friends at Turner Motorsport.”

Dillon Machavern and BMW factory driver Jens Klingmann will complete the team’s lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Turner BMW M4 GT4 Confirmed for Michelin Pilot Challenge Season-Opener

The team will additionally debut its BMW M4 GT4 entry in next month’s BMW Endurance Challenge, with Foley set to share driving duties with the father-and-daughter pairing of Bruce and Sydney McKee.

Additional races for the GT4-spec car has not yet been confirmed.

“2019 has shaped up to be a solid year for Turner Motorsport,” said Will Turner. “We were fortunate enough to put together a solid GTD program with a very strong driver lineup for both the full season and the Rolex 24.

“We really have a winning combination between our M6 GT3, drivers, sponsors and crew.

“In addition, I am beyond excited to be back in the Michelin Pilot Challenge with the GT4 car at Daytona, this is the first time the blue and yellow will compete in that class since 2014 so it’s great to be back.”

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

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