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Markus Palttala (born 16 August 1977 in Nakkila) is a Finnish racing driver. After racing in karts, Palttala began racing cars in the Finnish Touring Car Championship in 1998. He competed in the 2001 European Super Production Championship, driving a Honda Integra. Palttala's first run in Grand Touring cars came in 2000 in the single-make Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. He moved to the FIA GT Championship beginning in 2002, competing sporadically in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and also competed in its successor championships, the FIA GT1 World Championship and FIA GT3 European Championship through 2011. Palttala's best seasons came in 2011 and 2012 in the Blancpain Endurance Series, where he finished 2nd in the championship each year, driving for Marc VDS Racing Team.[1]

Markus Palttala
NationalityFinland Finnish
Born (1977-08-16) 16 August 1977 (age 42)
Nakkila, Finland
United SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamTurner Motorsport
Starts4
Wins2
Previous series
1998–1999
1999
2000
2001
2002, '06, '08, '09
2003, 2006
20052010
2005, '08, '11
20092011
2009
20102011
20112013
20122013
Finnish TCC
Dunlop Tourenwagen Cup Light
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
European Super Production
FIA GT Championship
FFSA GT Championship
Le Mans Endurance Series
Belcar
FIA GT3
Finnish GT3 Championship
FIA GT1 World Championship
Blancpain Endurance Series
FIA WEC
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2010, 2012, 2014
TeamsMarc VDS Racing Team, JWA-Avila
Best finish33rd (2012)

Palttala drove in the Le Mans Endurance Series for various teams from 2005 until 2010. In the 2010 season, he won the GT1 class at the 1000 km of Spa and participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He ran the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 (including another outing at Le Mans) and 2013. Palttala joined Turner Motorsport for the inaugural United SportsCar Championship season in 2014. He took his first GT-Daytona class win in the third race of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and followed it up with a dominating win at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.[2]

Complete motorsports resultsEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2010   Marc VDS Racing Team   Eric De Doncker
  Bas Leinders
Ford GT1 LMGT1 26 DNF DNF
2012   JWA-Avila   Paul Daniels
  Joël Camathias
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE-AM 290 33rd 8th
2014   Prospeed Competition   François Perrodo
  Emmanuel Collard
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE-AM 194 DNF DNF

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Whelen Euro Series - Elite 1Edit

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series - Elite 1 results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NWES Points
2014 Racing Club Partners – Marc VDS 46 Toyota  
VAL
 
VAL
 
BRH
8
 
BRH
9
 
TOU
 
TOU
 
NUR
6
 
NUR
21
 
UMB
 
UMB
 
LEM
 
LEM
22nd 178

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Markus Palttala". Driver Database. DriverDB AB. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ DiZinno, Tony (May 4, 2014). "Starworks, Turner Take PC, GTD Monterey Wins". Sportscar365. John Dagys Media, LLC. Retrieved May 4, 2014.

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