St. Petersburg, FL. – March 26th, 2015 – As the final race of three in March approaches, Turner Motorsport prepares for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Turner’s Pirelli World Challenge program will field the two BMW Z4 GT3s that appeared at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas earlier this month.
Turner returns to St. Pete this season after a cameo appearance in last year’s St. Pete Grand with the No. 94 BMW Z4 of Dane Cameron. Cameron started from P3 and was in line for a strong top-five finish until light contact caused suspension damage prematurely ending the charge to the front, ultimately finishing P18.
“Our appearance in PWC last year really sparked the motivation to come racing in this series for 2015,” explained Will Turner. “The car was extremely competitive out of the box in the GT3 spec allowing us to focus on racing and having fun, instead of rule changes and series performance adjustments. We showed up, practiced and went racing.”
The return to World Challenge in 2015 marks the first full-time campaign in the series since 2004 when the blue and yellow took their second of back-to-back 2003 and 2004 Championships in the TC class with Bill Auberlen.
“It’s exciting to show up at the track with over forty GT3 homologated cars from manufacturers all over the world and go racing,” added Will Turner. “It’s refreshing to be able to come here and run our Z4s as they were intended and to know the car can be competitive each and every race.”
With valuable points from COTA, the No. 32 Borla Exhaust BMW driven by Bret Curtis and the No. 95 Swisher Racing BMW driven by Bill Ziegler look to improve on their already strong start in rounds one and two earlier this month. The Turner drivers will go head to head with forty-three competitors on the 14-turn, 1.8 mile street course.
“I am extremely excited for the second race of the season in St. Petersburg. I learned a lot about the BMW Z4 at COTA, and after making some small adjustments to the setup we are confident we will be even more successful for the upcoming race,” said Bret Curtis. “It’s been so great working with Turner and Borla and I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the two companies leading their industries. I’m eager to see what this weekend has in store for us.”
The No. 32 and No. 95 Turner BMWs will kick off this weekend with Thursday and Friday practice followed by the Saturday and Sunday fifty-minute sprint races.
Follow along on March 28th and 29th with the LIVE Internet Telecast on www.world-challengeTV.com and www.torque.tv for both races. The race can also be viewed on television on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 5th at 5pm EST.