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Turner Fixing Car after Accident in First Practice at Lime Rock

Turner Motorsport fixing its BMW Z4 GT3 after incident in first practice…

Photo: Tony DiZinno

Photo: Tony DiZinno

Turner Motorsport is repairing its No. 97 BMW Z4 GT3 following a heavy accident involving Michael Marsal in the opening 90-minute practice session for the Northeast Grand Prix.

Marsal lost control of the car going through the Downhill, Turn 7, and sustained heavy right rear damage. The team had spares out but has been surveying the damage since the accident, and has since gone to a local body shop.

Marsal took over the car from Dane Cameron, who started the session and is deputizing for Markus Palttala this weekend while Palttala is at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

It wasn’t the only GT Daytona car with issues during the session.

The No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 didn’t complete a single timed lap due to a drivetrain issue, with Kuno Wittmer reporting some fluid on the floor that needed to get cleaned up after an installation lap at the end of the session.

Additionally, the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America went behind the wall during the session with a misfire.

Colin Braun, in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09, led practice overall and in the Prototype Challenge class, with a best time of 48.862 seconds at the 1.474-mile Lime Rock Park.

Spencer Pumpelly, in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America, led the GTD field at 53.805 seconds.

The second practice runs from 2:50 to 3:50 p.m. ET and local time.

RESULTS: Practice 1

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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