Archer Wins Speed GT at Sebring Sebring, Florida - 3R Racing driver Tommy Archer drove his number 1/c3controls/3R Viper to victory today in round one of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race at historic Sebring. Teammates...
Archer Wins Speed GT at Sebring
Sebring, Florida - 3R Racing driver Tommy Archer drove his number 1/c3controls/3R Viper to victory today in round one of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race at historic Sebring. Teammates Phil McClure and Tim Wiens completed the 3R top ten run coming home in sixth and ninth.
Sunny skies and cool 70-degrees at race time was the setting for the beginning of Archer's title defense. Starting from the front row in second position, he was able to get the jump on the pole sitting Porsche to lead into turn and never looked back.
"I got a great start," said Archer. "The clutch was warm and when the lights went out on the starting stand this new Viper just launched down the straight. I knew I had to get the Porsche at the start because he is too light and too fast to chase down. The first few laps, my teammate, Phil McClure was helping by mixing things up behind me. The group that was pursuing made my job a little easier, second place had to race with eye on his rear view mirror. The car was great. We did not do any off season testing, Will Moody had this set for a nice Friday afternoon drive."
Phil McClure, piloting the number 2/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper, started his race from third on the grid. "I had a pretty good start and was able to maintain my run third place on the first lap. Then going into the hairpin I went inside for a pass and then a Viper came inside of me, we were three abreast and he was able to make it work. I was having some handling issues through the esses and I am still not completely confident with the brakes, I felt I was leaving a few feet in each corner."
Piloting the number 3/FirsTier Bank/ 3R Viper, Tim Wiens started eleventh and came home ninth. "I was able to get a really good start. The exit of the first turn on lap one was exciting, I had to take to the grass to get around the Cadillac making up a few positions. Mid race I caught some traffic and I was locked in a battle with two Porsches. Tommy had a great drive today. The 3R guys finished is the same positions as we ended the season in points last year. Hopefully that is an omen for the rest of the year."
The race will be televised on Speed Channel, Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 p.m. EST.