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Amesbury, MA. – August 23rd, 2016 --With just three races remaining in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the pair of Turner BMW M6 GT3s turn to Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA for round nine of GTD competition on the 3.27-mile 17-turn “long course”.

Both Turner driver duos look to continue the past success of the blue and yellow BMWs at ViR with three wins, three second place finishes, four third place and thirteen top five results since 2005.

In 2014, Markus Palttala and Dane Cameron captured an exciting first place finish in the first ever GT-only Oak Tree Grand Prix. The win put the driver duo in a three-way tie for first place in the 2014 Championship points standings.

This year, Marsal and Palttala will team up again for the third annual GT-only two-hour-and-forty-minute Michelin GT Challenge behind the wheel of the No. 97 Alvarez & Marsal M6 GT3. The driver duo returns to ViR for their second time together after their strong fourth place finish in 2015.

Bret Curtis and Jens Klingmann will make their first start together at ViR this weekend with one win and one second place finish in their No. 96 IHG Rewards Club M6 GT3 so far this season. Curtis and Klingmann currently sit sixth in Championship points.

“We are excited to get to ViR with our M6 GT3,” Bret Curtis said. “Road America was definitely a struggle with the long straights and higher top speeds of the Porsche, Viper and Lamborghini so we hope ViR will play into more of the strengths of our BMW making for a good weekend of racing for us.”

Palttala returns to ViR optimistic of strong results for the Turner BMWs.

“I’m looking forward to returning to ViR, it is a very fun circuit and one of my favorites here in North America.” Palttala said. “The Z4 was very strong here the past two seasons with results to show it so now it’s time to prove the performance of our new M6 GT3.”

On track action for round nine of the WeatherTech Championship will begin on Friday, tune into LIVE timing and scoring on to keep up with the Turner BMWs as they prepare for the Michelin GT Challenge on Sunday.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th at 11:55am ET and the Michelin GT Challenge race will take the green flag at 1:35pm ET on Saturday, August 28th and will be covered LIVE by Fox Sports 1.

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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.

2016 Weathertech SportsCar Championship Schedule


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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