Robby Foley and Bill Auberlen drove the No. 95 Turner MotorSport BMW M4 GT4 to victory lane for the second straight day at VIRginia International Raceway on Sunday with their win in the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class.
The pair had already won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona on Saturday, a win that gave Auberlen his record setting 61st win to become the all-time premier series win leader.
Foley once again got the team off to a good start on Sunday, driving the car to the front and giving Auberlen all he needed to bring home the victory.
“If somebody hands you the car in the lead, all you can do is make it worse,” Auberlen said. “My job is to not take what he did perfectly and mess it up,” he added.
Foley walked away with an impressive three trophies in two races over the weekend. After driving the No. 95 car to the lead in the Pilot Challenge on Sunday, Foley got out of the 95 and into the No. 96 Turner MotorSports BMW and replaced Vincent Barlettea to drive that car to a third place finish.
“We had a strong car for the race,” Foley said. “I just put my head down. It was similar to yesterday-just manage the gap and don’t beat the car up too much,” he added.
It was a slow start to the race as several full course cautions were brought out after several cars were caught up in wrecks and ended up off course, but the action soon picked up, and Foley went to work putting Auberlen in the position to just get in the car and turn clean laps to bring home the checkered flag.
After winning the record for career victories on Saturday, Auberlen capped off an emotional weekend by driving him and Foley into victory lane. When he got back to the hotel on Saturday night, Auberlen saw that even though fans couldn’t be at the track to congratulate him, they found ways to let him know how excited they were for his record.
“When I got back to the hotel room, I got so many fans and so many people who watched it on the internet and on TV send me congratulations,” Auberlen said. “It was watched by a lot of people, and I’m so grateful for all the people who supported me all these years.”
In the TCR class Michael Lewis and Mason Fillippi finished in first place in the No. 98 Bryan Herta AutoSport with Curb Agajanian Hyundai Veloster N TCR. Lewis and Fillippi battled throughout the day with the No. 21 BHA entry that was co-driven by Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins.
“One of the strongest things about this car is definitely the cornering,” Fillippi said. “You’re able to really charge the corners well and get a good exit, which is something that they’ve worked on. The team gives us the best car we can have.”
Next up is the Michelin Endurance Challenge weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Sept. 4-6.