Monterey, Calif. - 3R Racing driver Tommy Archer finished in third place today in the final round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT race held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Archer's finish secured second place in the drivers ...
Monterey, Calif. - 3R Racing driver Tommy Archer finished in third place today in the final round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT race held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Archer's finish secured second place in the drivers championship, 242 points to Cadillac driver Andy Pilgrims 248.
In a caution filled 45-minute race, just eight green laps, Archer was able to move up consistently with every restart. Trading paint was the order of the day as the major manufacturers represented in the series had their top cars running at the front and fighting for championship honors.
The pivotal moment for Archer was the restart on lap 14 when the Duluth, Minnesota based driver was able get beside Angelelli's Cadillac coming down into turn 11. Angelelli defended the position, but Archer stood his ground. On the final restart in a first turn melay, Henzler's Porsche was shoved aside and Angelelli was able to repass and go to second
"I lost count of the amount of times that I got hit," said Archer. "It was a busy and hard eight laps, the guys at the front all were driving for something. We had a good car, I wish I had about 10 more laps to prove it. We ended up losing the championship by six points. In hindsight if I had my ten back from the penalties I would have won by four. I have never lost a championship on penalties, which makes it tough."
Teammate and team owner Tim Wiens drove the wheels of his the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper from his fifteenth qualifying position to come home in sixth for his last time behind the wheel in competition. "I told the TV guys that I was going to leave my shoes on the track, they are sitting on the main straight. It was an action packed eight laps. I was able to stay out of trouble and make up places. We had a good car today and sixth is a satisfying result for my last race. I was able to finish in the top ten in the driver standings. Tommy had a lot of issues this year and ran a strong race, but we just came up short. The 3R team is strong and we are looking to come back next and finish one place higher in the championship and get the number one plate back."