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MICHAEL MARSAL LOOKS FOR IMSA REBOUND NORTH OF THE BORDER

The only back to back race weekends of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship couldn’t come at a better time for Michael Marsal and his Turner Motorsport co-driver Markus Palttala..P90225576-highRes

Following a recovery run to 10th in class following contact early in the race at Watkins Glen last weekend, the duo are eager to get back to the track to make up championship ground this Sunday as IMSA returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Sunday’s 2 hour, 40-minute race will feature all four (P, GTLM, LMPC, and GTD) classes of IMSA WeatherTech contenders, and with just 2.459-miles of track for the nearly 40-car field to share, the traffic will be a factor from start to finish. That will be compounded by the high-speed and high-commitment nature of the natural road course, which has long been a part of Canadian motorsports’ history since playing host to Formula 1 in the 1970’s.

Marsal and Palttala have been enjoying the adaptation to the all-new BMW M6 GT3 machine so far in 2016, and are looking forward to continuing to untap all the potential that the turbo-charged machine has to offer. The platform has shown promise this season and the Turner Motorsport duo will look to convert that into a run to the podium this weekend.

“Mosport should be a good track for us—our car was really good at Watkins Glen and hopefully we can unload with a good set up on the M6 to start off the weekend,” said Marsal, who is making his first-ever IMSA WeatherTech start at the Canadian track. “There are a lot of wide open and fast corners, just like the Glen.”

Friday will feature two one-hour practice sessions, with Saturday’s one-hour practice marking the last opportunity to dial in the BMW M6 ahead of the 3:40-3:55 PM qualifying session. Sunday’s race will get an early start, with a 11:05 AM green flag.

“This will be a very busy race for all of the drivers with all four classes racing at the same time,” said Marsal. “Hopefully we can have a clean run and get back some momentum with the points. My first-ever race was in Canada and they have some incredible race fans. After racing at the Glen with the new surface last weekend and now going to another track where they have really invested to bring it up to date, this is a fun part of the IMSA schedule for us.”

Source. Sunday Group

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