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Portland: 3R Racing race report

3R Racing Finishes Fourth and Seventh at Portland Portland, Oregon -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens finished fourth and seventh in round eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race run today at Portland ...

3R Racing Finishes Fourth and Seventh at Portland

Portland, Oregon -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens finished fourth and seventh in round eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race run today at Portland International Raceway.

Tommy Archer, driver of the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, started from the third row on the grid and was not able to improve on his qualifying position after lap one. On lap six the Duluth, Minnesota resident was able to get bye the Volvo going into turn one. The field then began to spread out and he was able to cruise to a fourth place finish.

"I thought I had a good jump at the start, but was on the outside row and just couldn't make up any positions," said Archer. "The race played out and I was hoping that the front three would slow each other down, or take each other out. By the time they really started battling the weight of my car had played out on the tires and I couldn't get into the fray. We were able to make up some valuable points on Pilgrim for the championship."

Tim Wiens behind the wheel of the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper, went away from the grid from the fifth row. Wiens was embattled in a three way fight the entire race with a Pontiac and a Cadillac, but was able to come home in seventh, equaling his best finish of the season.

"Bob and the 3R crew really put good cars us," said Wiens. "My car was very consistent and confidence inspiring the whole race. I was having trouble getting through the esses in practice, but today I had no issues and that what kept me ahead from my pursuers. I am a little peeved that I fell asleep on the last lap and the Pontiac got by me. This is a good weekend, Tommy made up some points and had a clean race, and I had a good day. We are looking forward to the next race in my hometown."

Archer's finish puts him just two points behind Pilgrim, 177 to 179, in the fight for the series drivers championship. Tim Wiens has reasserted himself in the top ten.

Today's race from Portland International Raceway will be televised on the Speed Channel, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Round nine of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series will be run through the streets of Denver on August 14th.

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Tim Wiens