Curtis, Klingmann Take Second GTD Win Of Season For BMW, Turner Motorsport
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bret Curtis and Jens Klingmann earned their second GT Daytona (GTD) class victory of the season and first since the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in an impressive performance for Turner Motorsport in the No. 96 Spectra Resources/United Steel/Valspar Paint/IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GT3.

Curtis started the race from eighth on the GTD grid and worked his way up to second in class before pitting under full-course caution 47 minutes into the race to hand the car off to Klingmann. The German driver rejoined the race in 10th place, but methodically worked his way forward and moved into the top five less than 20 minutes into his driving stint.

Klingmann took the lead with 50 minutes remaining when leader Madison Snow made his final pit stop in the No. 48 Castrol Edge/Universal Industrial Sales Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and pulled away over the remaining distance, beating Snow’s No. 48 co-driver, Bryan Sellers, to the stripe by 15.717 seconds.

“It’s tremendous,” Curtis said. “We had a really tough race at VIR a few weeks ago with high hopes of having a good result. I didn’t think we had the car to win today going into the race, but when we got in the car it was really strong and I was just hanging in there in the fast corners. I knew if I brought the car home clean and gave the car over to my co-driver, he’d have a shot of bringing it home, and he really did. He made some moves and did a great job.”

Sellers and Snow took second one race after claiming their first victory of the season in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. Third place in GTD went to No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, who expanded their lead in the championship standings to 32 points, 299-267, over No. 33 ViperExchange.com/Cruising with the Monkey Dodge Viper GT3-R co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen heading into the WeatherTech Championship season-ending Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino at Road Atlanta in two weeks.

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com

NOTEBOOK

  • Six different manufacturers were represented in the top-six finishing positions in GTD at Lone Star Le Mans. The race-winning No. 96 BMW was followed by the No. 48 Lamborghini, No. 63 Ferrari, the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 co-driven by John Potter and Andy Lally in fourth, the No. 73 Park Place Racing Porsche of Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister in fifth and the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of David Calvert-Jones and Ben Barker in sixth.
  • The GTD TOTAL Pole Award-winning No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R co-driven by Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas was poised for a second-place result before running out of fuel on the final lap. As a result, the No. 23 entry finished seventh in class.

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