3R-Racing Qualifies Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth at Mosport Bowmanville, Canada - 3R-Racing drivers Phil McClure, Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth, tenth and fourteenth respectively for the first of two SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge...
3R-Racing Qualifies Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth at Mosport
Bowmanville, Canada - 3R-Racing drivers Phil McClure, Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth, tenth and fourteenth respectively for the first of two SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series races to be run at Mosport International Raceway this weekend. The first race will go off today at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Phil McClure in the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette posted a qualifying time of 1:24.637 and 105 mph good for a fourth row starting position. McClure has had engine issues for the past two days, but the 3R crew was able to overcome them in time for qualifying. "I started ninth here last year and won the race, so I hope this a good omen. I am the heaviest Corvette in the field and it shows on the time sheet. The car is handling well, but just feels sluggish in these fast turns. Some of that is the weight and some of it is the cool weather and not getting enough heat in the tires. We will be good for the race this afternoon."
Coming off of his victory two weeks ago in Portland, Tommy Archer, driver of the number 22/c3controls/Whelen Engineering/3R Viper, qualified in tenth for today's race with a time of 1:24.816. "I was surprised to be that far back, I thought we had about a sixth place car. The weight I am carrying is really affecting the lap times, the car is very lethargic through these fast turns. Early in the session someone lost their motor in turn eight so that eliminated the chance for a better lap time. Portland really suited the Viper, at Mosport we will need some luck."
Tim Wiens, driving the number 33/1st Interstate Inns/3R Viper, qualified in fourteenth with a time of 1:25.836. "The car is handling pretty decent. The low 60 degree temperatures is a lot cooler than we have run in the past few races, so you have to monitor the tires. We have a little push which we will have to dial out for the race, but I am ready to race hard from the seventh row this afternoon. We will have to keep out of trouble and run a mistake free race."
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.