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9/21/2015

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TURNER BMW WITH SECOND PLACE PODIUM FINISH AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS

Amesbury, MA. – September 21st, 2015 -- The No. 97 IHG Rewards BMW Z4 of Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala takes second place in the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday in round nine of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

The duo finished one second off of the top spot on the podium in the two-hour and forty-minute race on the 20-turn, 3.2 mile circuit to mark the second podium of the season and the first for driver Markus Palttala.

This weekend’s second place podium finish marks the fifth podium for the blue and yellow Turner BMWs at the world-renowned Circuit of the Americas. Palttala and Cameron finished third in the No. 94 Turner BMW in 2014 to go on to win the Championship.

Starting from ninth position, Marsal was able to complete an unbelievable double stint on a 125 degree track with ambient temperatures reaching almost 100 degrees. At 32 minutes, Marsal entered the pits under yellow for fuel only allowing the No. 97 IHG Rewards Club BMW to jump several positions to third place.

With just over one hour remaining, Marsal was called into the pits for a full service stop and driver change to get Markus Palttala behind the wheel.

“That was an exciting run in the No. 97 IHG Rewards Club BMW,” commented Michael Marsal. “The car was absolutely flawless but with the extreme heat and little radio communication my double stint was particularly challenging. I was super excited to hand the car over to Markus in a good position for him to make a charge to the front.”

Palttala hastily settled into a quick pace to move through the GTD field. With just over 20 minutes remaining Palttala had worked his way up into the third position.

With time of the essence Palttala pushed to make an exciting pass on the No. 23 Porsche going through the “esses” to take hold of second place. As the clock counted down inside the final ten minutes Palttala worked to close the gap to the class leading Viper.

Palttala was able to close the gap on the leader from five seconds down to one second by the final white flag lap to cross the finish line just a few car lengths from the top spot on the podium.

“First off, I just want to praise Michael (Marsal) for his very impressive double stint,” commented Markus Palttala. “It was incredibly hot inside our BMW today and with Intermittent radio communication it added another element of challenge. Luckily we had a strong car in many parts of the track so we were able to walk away with a great result so we are hoping we can carry this into Petit and finish the season strong.”

Tudor Championship action will resume in less than two weeks for the final round of the 2015 season at Road Atlanta for the 17th annual Petit Le Mans on Saturday, October 3rd.



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Turner Motorsport is the leading BMW tuner in North America, bringing technology and expertise from the racetrack to the street for over two decades. Since 1993 the Turner Motorsport Team has competed in over 300 professional races, winning seven professional racing championships in four different series since 2003. The most recent being the 2014 Team Championship in the GTD-class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Their success is passed into every component that Turner Motorsport designs and sells through their comprehensive website and performance showroom. Our Race Team, R&D Engineers and Sales Team work together, ensuring practical knowledge and state-of-the-art engineering flow in both directions. Few companies in North America can claim such a close relationship to what they sell and what they race.

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2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule

September 19 – Circuit of The Americas
October 3 – Petit Le Mans

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