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11/16/2015

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TURNER MOTORSPORT TO TEST NEW BMW M6 GT3 AT DAYTONA

Amesbury, MA. – November 16th, 2015 -– With the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fast approaching, Turner Motorsport arrives at Daytona International Speedway for the first public test of the new BMW M6 GT3. As announced after the finale of the 2015 season, Turner Motorsport will campaign two BMW M6 GT3 cars for the entirety of the 2016 WeatherTech Championship.

Following the first US test at Sebring International Raceway in late October, Turner Motorsport is eager to run the M6 at Daytona with BMW factory drivers including Maxime Martin, Marco Wittman and Jens Klingmann.

“The test at Sebring went very well so we are looking forward to getting back on track with this new M6 GT3,” said Will Turner. “We are excited to participate in BMW’s first public test with the new car and hope to learn a lot to carry over into the Rolex 24 and the 2016 season.”

The Turner Motorsport team will be testing at Daytona alongside BMW Motorsport engineers as well as BMW Team RLL on both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week before the test car is returned to Germany.

The new M6 GT3 features a 4.4L twin turbo engine similar to those found in the M6 street cars. In race trim the car produces approximately 580 hp, weighing in at about 2800 lbs. The carbon-bodied M6 GT3 also features a six-speed sequential transmission and dry sump lubrication system with optimized aero for both high speed and cornering stability.

With two new BMW M6 GT3 cars on the way, Turner Motorsport has secured two full season programs in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Michael Marsal and Bret Curtis to return back behind the wheel of the blue and yellow BMWs.

Michael Marsal will be returning for his sixth year with Turner Motorsport to campaign his No. 97 BMW M6 GT3.

“I am very excited for this new platform and to return to GTD competition with Turner Motorsport in 2016,” said Michael Marsal. “These early tests have provided us with a lot of insight into the new platform which should pay dividends as we enter the season. We have some very exciting season plans and driver lineups for this year so Daytona and 2016 cannot come soon enough.”

Bret Curtis will make his first season-long debut in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship behind the wheel of the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 after completing a full season with Turner in the BMW Z4 GT3 in Pirelli World Challenge in 2015.

The final driver lineups for the No. 96 and 97 Turner BMWs are finalized and will be announced shortly as Turner Motorsport is expecting delivery of their two new M6 GT3s in December.

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship begins with the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 30th-31st. Follow Turner Motorsport on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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About Turner Motorsport

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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Upcoming 2016 Weathertech SportsCar Championship Schedule

Janaury 30 – Rolex 24 at Daytona
March 19 – Twelve Hours of Sebring
April 16 – Long Beach (P, PC and GTLM only)
May 1 – Laguna Seca
June 4 – Detroit Belle Isle (P, PC and GTD only)
July 3 – Watkins Glen
July 10 – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
July 23 – Lime Rock Park (PC, GTLM and GTD only)
August 7 – Road America
August 28 – Virginia International Raceway (GTLM and GTD only)
September 17 – Circuit of The Americas
October 1 – Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

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Jay Baier
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email: jbaier@turnermotorsport.com
phone: 978-388-7769 ext. 130