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Portland: 3R Racing qualifying notes

3R Racing Qualifies Sixth and Tenth at Portland Portland, Oregon -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified sixth and tenth for round eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run tomorrow at ...

3R Racing Qualifies Sixth and Tenth at Portland

Portland, Oregon -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified sixth and tenth for round eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run tomorrow at Portland International Raceway.

Returning to the track where he has had so much success, Tommy Archer, driver of the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, was only able to post a sixth place qualifying effort with a time of 1:17.165 and an average speed of 92 mph. The Duluth, Minnesota resident is saddled with a 35% air restrictor and 135 lbs. of R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight that is hindering competitive lap times.

"It is tough to be off by one second at a track where I have won the last two times I have been here," said Archer. "A second back at this track is like two seconds at any other circuit. The restriction on the motor is a handicap that you cannot dial out with suspension settings and wing adjustments by the best engineer in the paddock. I will do what I have been doing, hope that the guys in front of me have problems and get caught up in a battle that I can take advantage of. In our situation it is tough to race, you just have to sit back and have the race come to you."

Tim Wiens behind the wheel of the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper qualified in tenth position with a time of 1:17.504. "I didn't start the session off very well; I went off the track just prior to the carrousel on cold tires. I was able to gather it back up and get focused to post a decent lap time. I need to create some momentum as we are headed for my home race in two weeks. The last six races have been tough on me and the team. When you are in controversies on the track and in the SCCA trailer it is easy to lose focus and become embattled in politics. With seven races behind us, Tommy is still second in points and I am knocking on the door of the top ten. We need to stay the course so we keep up the competitiveness for the remaining races."

The SCCA ruling on Archer's appeal from the pass on Papis at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago has rendered the return of the $3000 cash penalty, but the five point punishment remains.

Round eight at Portland International Raceway run on Sunday, July 31st and televised on the Speed Channel, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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