3R Racing Finishes Eighth, Eleventh and Twelfth at Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio -- 3R Racing had a contact filled day in round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. Despite the ...
3R Racing Finishes Eighth, Eleventh and Twelfth at Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio -- 3R Racing had a contact filled day in round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. Despite the carnage, Phil McClure driving in his last race for the team finished eighth, with Tim Wiens coming home in eleventh and Tommy Archer taking the checker in twelfth.
The start was typical Cleveland turn one - cars everywhere. Tommy Archer tried the inside line and was in the thick of the lead car mess. Exiting the turn Archer found himself leading the race. Teammate Phil McClure took the outside tactic and the carnage came to him shoving the Floris, Iowa driver off into the grass. Tim Wiens went up the middle and came away from the first turn in fourth from his fourteenth place qualifying position.
As the race began to settle on lap two, Archer was relegated to third with Wiens in fourth and McClure in eleventh. On lap eight, turn one jumped in the way again as Wiens got together with a Porsche resulting in the 911 dragging the front bumper cover of Wiens Viper around the track.
Tim Wiens was able to persevere from his front end damage on lap eight. "I was under the Porsche and I turned in and he came across the front of me and took my bumper with him. After that the brakes were really heating up without the ducting. I locked the brakes going into the chicane so hard the car stalled. The accordion affect at the beginning of the race was a real challenge."
Tommy Archer, driving the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, surrenders his points lead with his twelfth place finish. "Turn one was a typical crazy Cleveland first bend. I went to the inside and in the braking zone there was dust and brake smoke, I couldn't see. I know I got into a couple of cars and when the smoke cleared I saw nothing but Lake Erie and runway ahead of me and was leading. As a result of the contact I had a big vibration that got worse every lap. Then on lap 22 I went through the chicane, lifted and the back came around sending me into the grass and then the middle of the track."
"I had a good start," said McClure. "I had a prerace strategy to go to the outside into one and try to avoid everything happening at the apex. Well the wreck came to me as I was shoved to the grass and couldn't get the power down to return to maintain the positions that I made up. The handling of the car wasn't the same and then halfway through the race I hit the wall at the exit of turn eight, tough but fun day."
McClure will no longer run with the team he has driven for since 1999. "We will miss Phil, I have been racing him since we started this team almost six years ago," said Wiens. "Phil and 3R developed the Corvette into a consistent front runner. He has won races and had pole positions in the Vette. The switch to the Viper and the restrictions that car is running with have been a big transition for Phil. Couple those frustrations with his business and personal obligations and the decision is easy to step back. Both 3R and the series will miss Phil."
The next event for 3R Racing will be in six days at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.