Just two weeks before Turner Motorsport opens its Grand-Am season in Daytona the team will run at the 24 Hours of Dubai.
Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Boris Said, and Paul Dalla Lana will pilot a Z4 GT3 prepped by Schubert Motorsport of Germany in the 24-hour race for GT and touring cars to be run on January 14-15. Will Turner and Don Salama will also contest the race in a Marcos Racing 120d that they will share with two other drivers.
The Turner team will run this Z4 GT3 in Dubai, where the weather should be warmer than it is in Germany.
About 90 cars are expected to participate in the race, to be run on the 5.39 km circuit at the Dubai Autodrome. More information on the circuit and the race is available here.
After Dubai, the team will travel to Florida where Auberlen, Hand, Said and Dalla Lana will drive the new Turner Motorsport GT class M3 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. On the day before the Rolex 24, two Turner M3s will contest the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opener with Joey Hand/Michael Marsal and Bill Auberlen/Paul Dalla Lana doing the driving.
Will Turner says, “Turner Motorsport has won championships in both sprint racing formats and endurance racing formats but we have not won a 24 hour race. In fact we have very little experience with a 24 hour races. What better way to gain experience that we can use to help us prepare for Daytona 24 in 2011 than competing in the Dubai 24 hour race a few weeks before? We are hoping the experience will sharpen both the drivers and the team. I am sure we will learn a few things that will help us at Daytona.” —Brian S. Morgan, motorsports editor, bmwcca.org