Turner Motorsport has ordered four new BMW M4 GT3 cars ahead of a planned dual IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS campaign next year.
The Will Turner-led organization, which has run BMW M6 GT3 machinery for the last six seasons, will be one of the leading U.S.-based customers with the German manufacturer’s the new-for-2022 GT3 contender.
According to Turner, plans are in place to return to both IMSA and SRO America competition with its current driver lineups, plus possible additional entries.
Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley represent the team in the WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona class, with Turner having expanded full-time to GTWC America this year with Foley and Michael Dinan at the wheel.
Turner said he’s yet to receive a confirmed date on the delivery of the cars although they are expected to arrive before the end of the year.
“We’re going to need four cars,” Turner told Sportscar365. “Whether we race all four or not, we’ll need four cars.
“The reason that it makes sense is that I have four M6s. We’ve been racing them for six years.
“I don’t think there’s another GT3 team in the world that’s raced six years [with] the same car and have been [as] successful and have had a good run with it. I’m assuming the M4 is going to be the same way.”
Turner explained they started off with a two-car M6 operation in 2016 but quickly realized the need for two additional cars in its stable in order to “diverge a bit” when it also entered World Challenge in addition to its IMSA GTD campaign.
Unlike the M6 GT3, which Turner helped develop on the track, he expects to hit the ground running with the M4 GT3, which has undergone an extensive testing and development program in Europe for the last year by BMW Motorsport.
“Unlike the M6 that we got and developed it for the first six months, this car is the opposite,” he said. “I want a car that comes to us where we don’t have to worry about development. I want the perfect car.
“They’re taking their time on it and from what I hear it’s going to be a great car. Everybody loves driving it, so that’s great.”