GT DAYTONA & PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
1;Dane;Cameron;Turner Motorsport (BMW);304
2;Christopher;Haase/;Paul Miller Racing (Audi);295
3;Leh;Keen/;Alex Job Racing (Porsche);295
4;Townsend;Bell/;AIM Autosport (Ferrari);293
5;John;Potter;Magnus Racing (Porsche);289
hen Turner Motorsport’s BMW Z4
made its GT Daytona debut in the Rolex 24
at Daytona, it weighed 1,215kg (2,680lb)
and breathed unrestricted. By season’s
end, IMSA’s ever-evolving Balance of
Performance adjustments had it tipping
the scales at 1,295kg (2,855lb) and sucking
in breath via a 65mm (2.56in) air restrictor.
Sure, others finished the season beefier
than they began it (notably Audi, Ferrari
and the SRT Viper), but nothing like the
weight-gain regime imposed upon the little
coupe. So it’s testimony to the development
skills of Turner Motorsport and the tenacity
of lead drivers Dane Cameron and Markus
The stage is new, but as Prototype
Challenge transitioned from the
American Le Mans Series to the TUDOR
Championship in 2014, CORE autosport
remained the undisputed top dog of the
all-ORECA FLM09 class, winning its
fourth-straight Teams’ Championship.
Palttala that the Massachusetts-based BMW
tuning specialists secured the GTD Teams’
Championship, with Cameron securing the
Driver’s crown at the Petit Le Mans finale.
AIM Autosport’s Ferrari 458 Italia
paced the field in the early races, taking a
Rolex 24 class win. But as the season
progressed, Paul Miller Racing’s Audi R8
and Turner’s Z4 gained the upper hand,
with the BMW doing enough to edge it.
“The season definitely had its ups and
downs,” said team boss Will Turner. “But
with four wins and two championships, it
marks one of the biggest achievements of
Turner Motorsport. I’m still in disbelief.”
Developing its new
CORE autosport took up in TUDOR where it left off in ALMS.
BMW Z4 and putting
on the pounds couldn’t
stop Turner Motorsport.
and Matt Bell took
Audi’s only GTD win
of 2014, putting
their R8 into
Victory Lane at the
Petit Le Mans finale.
GT;DAYTONA;FINAL DRIVER POINTS
Despite taking four GTD wins, a disastrous Rolex 24 at
Daytona meant Turner Motorsport’s new Z4 was playing
catchup for much of the season. Runner-up Paul Miller
Racing left it until the final round to grab a class win.
PROTOTYPE;CHALLENGE;FINAL DRIVER POINTS
Renger van der Zande pushed the CORE autosport duo hardest, taking the battle to the
penultimate race. Sharing with Mirco Schultis, the Dutchman took three class wins.
Jon Bennett and Colin Braun added
the Drivers’ Championship, thanks to four
class wins from the first five races and a
podium-heavy home stretch.
The South Carolina-based team also
took PC honors in the Tequila Patron
North American Endurance Cup.