3R-Racing Posts Tough Qualifying Effort at Lime Rock Lime Rock, Conn. -- 3R-Racing drivers Phil McClure, Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified a disappointing seventh, twelfth and twenty-first respectively at Lime Rock for Monday's 50-minute ...
3R-Racing Posts Tough Qualifying Effort at Lime Rock
Lime Rock, Conn. -- 3R-Racing drivers Phil McClure, Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified a disappointing seventh, twelfth and twenty-first respectively at Lime Rock for Monday's 50-minute World Challenge GT race.
Phil McClure, driving the number 73 Aggregate Industries/Corvette Z06, qualified in seventh with a time of 55.174 and a speed of 99 mph. McClure's time was an improvement of more than a second over his practice time. "It was a good session, we were able confirm some changes that we made since yesterday's practice. I will be able to run consistent 55-second laps for the race. There is a few new faces up at the front of the starting field, so I will be patient and take the race as it comes."
Qualifying 12th with a time of 55.747 Archer, driving the number 22 c3controls/3R-Racing/Viper, will start the Memorial Day race from the sixth row. After qualifying sixth and finishing fourth at the season opener in Sebring, Archer is a little perplexed about his effort at Lime Rock. "We have been trying some new parts and we thought we had good setup based on yesterday's practice. Either the track changed or our adjustment was just too much because my Viper was really pushing. A 12th place starting position is a tough way to begin a race at Lime Rock, there are some good cars ahead of me and this place can be tough to pass."
Tim Wiens, driving the number 33/1st Interstate Inns/Viper, qualified in 21st with a time of 56.89, almost a second-and-a-half better than his practice time. "The car is handling well and the power is great. I am leaving some time in the last two turns, which hurts my top speed at the end of the straight. I am still struggling a little getting used to ABS brakes, very different feeling than the Porsche brakes I am used to from last year's car. I usually race well, so I am looking forward to making my way up the field on Monday."
The race will be run on Monday, May 31 at 12:10 p.m. and televised on Speed Channel on Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m.