Turner Motorsport’s new full-season driver pairing will be getting plenty of seat time in BMW Z4 GT3 machinery this month, as Dane Cameron and Paul Dalla Lana are set to take part in next week’s Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai.
The duo will join BMW factory drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner at the wheel of a Schubert Motorsport-entered BMW Z4 GT3 car for the 24-hour desert enduro.
It serves as a warmup for all four drivers, who are set to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona two weeks later. Auberlen and Werner will be driving GTE-spec Z4s for BMW Team RLL in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opener.
“The day after Christmas I got an email from Paul saying, ‘I’m going to Dubai with myself, Auberlen and Dirk Werner. Would you like to come?’ I said, ‘Sure, game on!’ Cameron told Sportscar365. “We leave on Sunday night and fly straight over there.
“It will be cool. I’ll get to know Paul a little bit better and spend some more time in the Z4, which will be great. It’s essentially the same car, just with all of the fun stuff on it. We’ll be able to get a little race prep there and some mileage in January.”
While it will mark Cameron’s first sports car race outside of North America, both Auberlen and Dalla Lana finished fifth in the event in 2011, also driving a Schubert BMW. The team’s sister car, co-driven by Tommy Milner, won the race that year.
“It’s good in all regards,” Cameron said. “It will be fun to do a unique race like that. It will be my first time overseas in sports cars as well, so I’m looking forward to that and seeing some familiar faces from some guys that I raced with before. It will be a good time and a fun trip.”
The Schubert entry is among the 80-plus cars set to compete in the event, scheduled for Jan. 10-11. More than 25 GT3 cars are entered.