Denver Based 3R Racing Finishes Sixth, Seventh and Tenth at Home Race Denver, Colorado -- 3R Racing was able to put all three of their Viper Competition Coupes in the top ten today at their home race in Denver. Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and...
Denver Based 3R Racing Finishes Sixth, Seventh and Tenth at Home Race
Denver, Colorado -- 3R Racing was able to put all three of their Viper Competition Coupes in the top ten today at their home race in Denver. Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and local driver Tim Wiens finished sixth, seventh and 10th, respectively, in today's running of the SPEED World Challenge GT race, part of the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.
Archer, behind the wheel of the number 1/c3controls/3R Racing Viper, started from the fourth row and was able to navigate the streets and finish the day strong in sixth position. The Duluth, Minn. resident lost some ground today to series points leader Andy Pilgrim. Archer now trails Pilgrim by five points with 197 points.
"I got punted pretty good at the start, but there was really no damage," said Archer. "With the restrictor I was having some trouble getting off of the turn. In the waning laps I was trying to get by the Corvette and even got up along side but I couldn't make it stick. The car got better and better with every lap, I credit the Will Moody (team engineer) setup with that. We took a slight hit in the points to the Cadillac, but with two races remaining we have not given up."
McClure making a return to the team after a three race sabbatical was able to cruise to a seventh-place finish. "It was a fun race," McClure said of his seventh-place run. "The car was really good. I was fighting either end, on a street course that says a lot about the team. I had an interesting moment with the McCann Viper, I was pressuring him to get by and we had a good dice for a couple of laps. It was a nice event this weekend, it was good to get back behind the wheel and work with the 3R guys again."
Westminster, Colorado resident Wiens, driving the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Racing Viper, raced hard from his 14th place qualifying position to come home in 10th and receiving the Coolest Move of The Race for his pass on the Mustang on lap 24 in turn nine. To top it off, Tim and wife Jan celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary today.
"It was a typical street course race," Wiens said of his top-10 finish. "It was really tight racing. Anytime I'm in the top-10, I am a really happy guy. I was glad to see Tommy [Archer] and Phil [McClure] both do as well as we could with the Vipers. All in all, it was a pretty good day. The 3R Racing Viper, as always, was solid. The guys prepared the car so well. You can count on the car. It is as good at the end of the race, as it is in the beginning of the race. I couldn't be more proud of the crew."