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■ (Above from Left) The Turner Motorsports M6 GT3. The #96 Turner M4 GT4 at Oak Tree Corner.
and Vin Barletta.
For the VIR round of the
Michelin Pilot Challenge, as the
qualifying driver, Machavern would
start the race and hand over to Bill
Auberlen to finish. He got a good
start and led the field from the green
flag. He seemed to comfortably lead
the race but didn't develop a large
gap on the field, leading for his
entire 20 lap stint. Auberlen took
over and worked his way back to the
lead holding that position for the
following 26 laps.
After his pitstop, Auberlen's
position was compromised by a
sequence of yellow flag laps where
others could stop without the time
lost for a green flag pitstop. With 20
minutes remaining in the race he
found himself in 10th place and
needed to find his way back to the
front all due to the pitstop sequencing
and a multi-lap yellow. There
were doubts about the remaining
fuel in some of those in between, but
this was a very difficult position for
the #95 car. At 16 minutes Auberlen
was in 8th place and on the attack
with plenty of fuel. He was 1.2
seconds faster than those in front.
The chase was on and no one is
better at it than Bill Auberlen. At 12
minutes, he had gotten to 6th place.
Trent Estep (Mercedes-AMG) got
back by Bill with a contact and a
rough, leaving Bill back in 7th, but
he recovered and got the position
back accompanied by a cheering
corral. The next position was held
by Tyler McQuarrie (Audi R8) and
Bill passed him in full view of the
corral in turn 2, and again, cheers.
At just over two minutes the #95 was
in 4th and pressing Trent Hindman
(Aston Martin Vantage). Despite an
amazing show of driving skill and
car control, Bill couldn't get by
Hindman. The race finished with
Auberlen in 4th, but the #23 Aston
Martin in second failed its fuel
■ Dillon Machavern in the #96 leads the Michelin Pilot Challenge from the pole.
capacity audit and was dropped to
the back. The 3rd place finish leaves
the championship open to the
#95 Turner BMW and the Wright
Motorsports #16 Porsche. The
IMSA legend Bill Auberlen is the
maestro, achieving success despite
difficult circumstances.
The featured race of the VIR
Michelin GT Challenge weekend was
the WeatherTech Sportscar
Challenge. IMSA weekends of
sports-car races are always multiclass
races including the very fast
Daytona Prototypes (DPi), the
LMP2s and LMP3s along with the
two classes of GT cars. The race at
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