3R Racing Qualifies Fourth, Seventh and Fifteenth in GT at St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida - Under sunny skies and a perfect 72-degrees, 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens qualified fourth, seventh and fifteenth...
3R Racing Qualifies Fourth, Seventh and Fifteenth in GT at St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida - Under sunny skies and a perfect 72-degrees, 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens qualified fourth, seventh and fifteenth for round two of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run at St. Petersburg tomorrow.
Near perfect track conditions on the tight 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit located on Tampa Bay made for a very close qualifying field. The top eleven cars are covered by less than one-and-a-half-seconds.
Current series point's leader and defending 2004 champion Tommy Archer will start from the second row for tomorrow's 50-minute race. His qualifying time of 1:19.732 and a speed of 81 mph was his best of the weekend in the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper. "The car was a little loose and I was getting some wheel spin at the exit of some of corners. I think that the rain last night washed away a lot of the grip that we had yesterday. When you qualify at a street course your rhythm changes, you are going a little faster and pushing harder so your shift point's change and sometimes they are in the middle of a corner. For the race I will have to get the hole shot again like Sebring and try to put the Porsches in front of me behind by turn one."
Phil McClure, piloting the number 2/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper qualified with a time of 1:20.072 good for a fourth row starting position. "I thought I would qualify in the high19s low 20s and that is where I ended up. The car had a slight push in the slow corners, but overall I am getting more comfortable the Viper every lap. On my flying lap I made a slight error stepping the rear out on the exit of the last turn which cost me a few tenths. There are five cars in the 20 second range, so the top ten is going be really close on a tight circuit. I will have to be patient and see what develops the first five laps."
Driving the number 3/FirsTier Bank/ 3R Viper is team owner Tim Wiens. Wiens qualified with a time of 1:21.862 that will see him start from the seventh row. "I had a lot of traffic when I was trying to put together my fast lap. Early in the session there was oil dry on the track from the previous group and then a yellow flag in the kink, I just couldn't seem to get my rhythm. I have no complaints with the car; it is handling well and has a lot of torque off of the corners. I now have fourteen places of opportunity ahead of me and on a street course a lot of chances are presented to make up for a mediocre qualifying effort."
Round two of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series at St. Petersburg will be run on Sunday, April 3rd at 9:45 a.m. and will be televised on Speed Channel, Sunday, April 10th at 2:00 p.m. EST.