Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley will anchor a return to a full-season IMSA GTD campaign for Turner Motorsport with the #96 BMW M6 GT3.
Aidan Read will join the team for the four enduro races, Colton Herta, completing the quartet for the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month, the two enduro additions both making their first GTD start at the race marking Turner Motorsport’s landmark 400th race with BMW.
Australian-American Read moves to the IMSA squad after a 2020 season with Schubert Motorsport, again in a BMW M6 GT3 in the German ADAC GT Masters Championship.
IndyCar race winner Colton Herta already has winning form at Daytona, he was part of the GTLM class-winning squad for BMW Team RLL in 2019.
Will Turner: “Our line-up for 2021 is stellar. Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley have become quite the dynamic duo over the past few seasons, and I could not be happier to have them return for another season. We welcome Aidan Read to the team for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds and look forward to seeing what he can add to our effort. For the Rolex 24, BMW NA facilitated Colton Herta signing on and his addition cannot be underestimated.
52-year-old Bill Auberlen meanwhile will be targeting a further win at Daytona to further extend his 62 race win record
“I been very lucky over the years to share my races at Daytona with some exceptionally good co-drivers,” Auberlen said. “This year the line-up will be as good as it has ever been and promises a very good weekend. In fact, all the Turner Motorsport engineers and crew are returning in 2021 so we are starting from a particularly good foundation.”
Robby Foley: “I’m really excited to be back with Turner Motorsport in GTD and GS in 2021. We had a great 2020 season with 5 wins across both classes, so we’re looking to build on that momentum and fight for some championships, and my hobby of #ZebraSpotting has taught me focus. In GTD, it’s great to be back with Bill full-time. We’ve built a great working relationship and to be paired with such a legend is a fun experience. We’ll be joined by Aidan Read for the endurance races and Colton Herta for Daytona, so we’ll have a really strong line-up. We know the BMW M6 GT3 very well, so we need to execute, and finish races and we’ll have a chance at the championship come October.”
Herta, like Read, will make his first start in GTD.
“I’m excited to be staying with BMW this year, and I appreciate the opportunity to drive the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3,” he said. It’s going to be a new challenge for me racing in the GTD class, but I’m very much looking forward to cracking on with everyone.”
Aiden Read: “I have really enjoyed my time in ADAC GT Masters, it’s been a valuable career step for me,” Aidan stated. “Two-seasons of racing GT3 in Europe, in what was a super-competitive championship, combined with my programmes in Prototype endurance events has made me a stronger overall driver and this is definitely something that will aid me in my move to the USA and the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.
“The difference in approach to the race weekend between Sprint and Endurance competition is significant,” he continued. “The former is focused on very short moments like qualifying, the latter about strong average performance over a long distance. With my talented teammates, combined with Turner Motorsport’s experience in series and the BMW M6, I look forward to the new season with confidence.”