3R-Racing Finishes Third, Eighth and Thirteenth at Mosport Bowmanville, Canada - 3R-Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure, and Tim Wiens drove to a strong third, eighth and thirteenth finish today for the first of two SCCA Pro Racing World...
3R-Racing Finishes Third, Eighth and Thirteenth at Mosport
Bowmanville, Canada - 3R-Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure, and Tim Wiens drove to a strong third, eighth and thirteenth finish today for the first of two SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series races at Mosport International Raceway this weekend.
The race started under cooler temperatures with a threat of rain. The 3R trio was running conservatively with McClure in seventh, Archer in ninth and Weins in thirteenth for the first half of the race. On lap 21 McClure began battling with the Pilgrim Cadillac and going into Moss corner, Archer made a pass on the two assuming sixth place.
On lap 24 it began to sprinkle rain. Archer, driving the number 22/c3controls/ Whelen Engineering/3R Viper, continued to take advantage of other drivers mistakes and was able to move up for a podium finish. "We were three wide and I saw an opening and was able to pass two cars," said Archer. "I was able to make up some time under braking into five; the Viper was really transitioning nice in that section of the track. When it stated to rain I just dug into a little ice racing history and brought it home in third. A great finish for us with the extra weight."
Phil McClure, piloting the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette, had an exciting battle with the Cadillac. The pair swapped positions three times in a matter of two laps. "Wow was that ever fun! I was trying everything, everywhere and some worked and some didn't, but what a race. Pilgrim raced me clean and when you have a battle like that it makes for an entertaining race. I unfortunately got into Leighton in five-B, but at that point I was going for every position that I could."
Teammate Tim Wiens, driving the number 33/1st Interstate Inns/3R Viper, followed up a fourteenth place qualifying effort with a thirteenth place finish. "I had a few moments, especially in turn five; it got really slippery in the rain. Other than that the car was very consistent all race and I wanted to focus on bringing it home as we have another race tomorrow. The 3R team is doing a great job keeping up with the weather and making sure the cars in excellent shape for this double race weekend."
On the strength of his third place finish, Archer retains the lead in the Speed GT driver's standings by one point.
The first race will be run this afternoon and the second on Sunday, August 8. The races will be televised on Speed Channel on August 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern time.