3R-Racing Qualifies Seventh, Thirteenth and Twenty-first for Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio - 3R-Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens had a frustrating qualifying session for round three of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT ...
3R-Racing Qualifies Seventh, Thirteenth and Twenty-first for Mid-Ohio
Lexington, Ohio - 3R-Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens had a frustrating qualifying session for round three of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. The trio qualified seventh, thirteenth and twenty-first respectively.
The mixed layout of the central Ohio road course and its 13-turns buffaloed the 3R drivers in qualifying. The changing track conditions from a rainy Friday practice day made the track surface tough to read.
Tommy Archer, driver of the number 22/c3controls/Whelen Engineering/3RViper will start from the fourth row with a qualifying time of 1:28.902 and 91 mph. "We are battling a handling issue. Mid-Ohio offers a car a lot of understeer, but we have more than the usual amount. Couple that with the changing track conditions and its frustrating. We have a better car than this. There is a mixed group of cars at the front and some good ones starting behind us, so the race should offer plenty of excitement."
"I am not sure what to think," said Phil McClure, driver of the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette, after qualifying thirteenth with a time of 1:29.503. "I haven't qualified this poorly in two years. I was full of optimism coming here, now I am just baffled. I ran into a lot of traffic during qualifying, but I didn't think it would set me back as far as it did. The car has good balance so we should be good for the race, although I will have to be cautious at the beginning from my mid pack starting position."
Tim Wiens, driver of the number 33/1st Interstate Inns/3R Viper, also had a difficult qualifying session, with a twenty-first starting position and a time of 1:30.678. "The car and team is better than this. It is disconcerting to be out qualified by some of the cars that are ahead of me. We need to get a handle on what this track wants from the Viper to get handling. The 3R guys will make some adjustments and we will be ready race tomorrow."
The race will be run on Sunday, June 27 at 10:10 a.m. and televised on Speed Channel the same day at 1:00 p.m.