3R Racing Qualifies Ninth and Fifteenth at Laguna Race will be Televised Live Monterey, Calif. -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth and fifteenth for the final round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT race...
3R Racing Qualifies Ninth and Fifteenth at Laguna
Race will be Televised Live
Monterey, Calif. -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth and fifteenth for the final round of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT race to be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca tomorrow.
Archer was running consistently at the top of the GT practice time sheets throughout the week. The evening brought a heavy mist and slight rain shower to the Monterey peninsula track, washing away much of the grip that had accumulated during the previous days running. Archer posted a qualifying time of 1:31.266 and an average speed of 88 mph behind the wheel of his number 1/c3controls/3R Racing/Viper. This time was slower than his best practice time of 1:31.010.
"Usually our qualifying times are at least a half-second faster than we practiced," said Archer. "The rain last night I think made the track really slippery. We were the third group out and there wasn't any rubber laid down for grip. Henzler picked up some points for the pole so he advanced a little. I am sandwiched between Liddell and Pilgrim on the grid, so the three guys really going for the championship will be within shouting distance at the start."
Teammate and team owner Tim Wiens, driving the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper, qualified in fifteenth with a time of 1:32.031, slightly better than his best practice time. Driving his last race Wiens will line-up in the seventh row on the grid tomorrow."The track was pretty green from the weather we had last night and the cool morning temperatures," said Wiens. "We still have a few changes to make on the setup for the race, but I am comfortable with my starting position and will be able to race from there. As a team we have endured a tough season politically, with some off track distractions. However, we are here in the final round with Tommy in second place just like we were last year at this time when we won the championship."
This weekend Archer is eight points behind and will need Cadillac's Andy Pilgrim to finish no better than five positions behind Archer, while the Viper driver finishes at least third. If the race finishes with the two tied in points, Archer would be the winner with having won two races this season.
The season finale from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be run on Sunday, October 16th and carried live on the Speed Channel starting at 5:00 p.m. EST.