A Lap of Cleveland with 3R Racing's Tommy Archer Cleveland, Ohio -- 3R Racing's Tommy Archer will be behind the wheel of his number 1/c3controls/3R Viper for tomorrow's 50-minute round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series...
A Lap of Cleveland with 3R Racing's Tommy Archer
Cleveland, Ohio -- 3R Racing's Tommy Archer will be behind the wheel of his number 1/c3controls/3R Viper for tomorrow's 50-minute round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race.
Archer has experience at the Burke Lakefront circuit having competed here several times in Trans Am. The Duluth, Minnesota resident explains a lap around this flat airport temporary road course.
Coming down the front stretch we are doing about 136 mph before going to the brakes at around the 400 marker. Turn one is notorious for drivers going on the inside attempting to pass and not being able to complete the move and causing havoc. To do the fast line you have to take a wide approach so you can maximize your exit speed, but you also have to be careful and protect your position. I have been going through turn one in second gear. In yesterdays practice it was real slippery so the rear dif is working hard and I was getting some wheel spin. It should get better as the weekend progresses and more rubber gets laid down.
Turn two is not really a turn as we take it flat. Three and four you enter at high speed turning and braking at the same time. I have been going through there in third gear.
Five is pretty much the same as three, again high speed combination with turn six. You have to be cautious because the runways have a big crown to drain the rain water. This crown can really upset the car. There are also tires with cones inside them at each apex so we don't try and cut the turn. The cone gets your focus, but you have to remember there is a tire surrounding it that can take a bite out of your front splitter.
Turn seven is a high speed turn I take in fourth gear. In between seven and eight is a set of almost wave like bumps, kind of feels like a roller coaster. Into eight there is a mixture of surfaces with cement and asphalt, you have to be careful to try and maximize your grip; eight is taken in third gear.
Coming into the last nine and ten combination, the inside concrete wall hides the turn. It really comes up on you kind of fast. Into nine I brake hard and try to carry as much speed as I dare to maximize the exit at ten to get down the main straight as fast as possible.
In yesterday's practice Archer turned a time of 1:20.718 with an average speed of 94 mph good for sixth place in the first session.
Round five of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series will be run on Sunday, June 26th starting at 4:00 p.m. and will be televised on Speed Channel the same day at 5:00 p.m. EST.
3R Racing would like to thank sponsors c3controls, Sirius Satellite Radio, FirsTier Bank and partners Red Line Oil, Performance Friction brake pads, Ron Davis radiators and Dodge Motorsport.