BMW Team RLL’s John Edwards and Dirk Müller finished fourth in class in the #56 Z4 GTLM in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and their teammates Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx finished sixth. Both cars improved on their grid positions; Müller started #56 from fifth, while Priaulx started #55 from tenth.
Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in the #3 Corvette C7.R won the class; they started second on the grid behind the #93 Viper driven by Jon Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer. The #93 car finished second, while the #91 Viper driven by Marc Goosens and Dominic Farnbacher finished third.
Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala finished third in GTD in the #94 Turner Motorsport Z4 GTD. The car, which had been given an extra 25 kg of weight before its class win at Watkins Glen, was given another 30 kg for the Canadian race. Despite the extra weight Cameron and Palttala were in the hunt for the win; Palttala led early in the race, and Cameron was a contender for the win before the team was given a controversial penalty for having a wheel nut outside the limits of their pit box. The team rebounded to finish third behind the class-winning Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R driven by Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating. They passed the second-place finishing Porsche 911 GT America driven by Kevin Estre and Patrick Lindsey.
Gordon McDonnell, BMW NA Motorsport Manager, said “We knew CTMP would be a challenge for us. BMW Team RLL did a great job to finish fourth and sixth, so hats off to the guys for a strong performance. I think we have to be really happy with the points we collected here this weekend. Congratulations also to the Turner Motorsport team for finishing third with the Z4 GTD.”
TUSC competition resumes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25.—Brian S. Morgan