SRT Viper GTS-R teams struggle in first practice at Road America
Today was the first practice session for the Road America
Road Race Challenge Road American Road Race Challenge of the American LeMans
Series and through this initial practice session, the two teams running 2013
SRT Viper GTS-R continued to struggle as the teams learn the new cars as they
There are 13 cars entered in the GT Class of the American
LeMans Series event this weekend at Road America but after the first round of
practice – the two SRT Viper GTS-R teams find themselves at the bottom of the
The #91 Viper GTS-R sponsored
by Forza Motorsport 4 and piloted by Kumo Wittmer and Dominic Farnbacher turned
in a best time of 2:11.393 while the #93 Viper sponsored by Pennzoil Ultra and
piloted by Marc Goossens and Tommy Kendall ran a best lap of 2:11.593. These times placed the Viper race teams last
and second to last within the GT Class – a group which was led by the #45 Porsche
911 GT3 RSR driven by Jörg Bergmeister
and Patrick Long with a time of 2:06.918. While both Vipers were almost 5 seconds
behind the top driver in the class, they were only a second behind the next
closest vehicle in the class.
This is a disappointing outcome for the first practice
session from the second ALMS race for the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R teams but the
good news is that both cars turned in competitive laps without any mechanical
failures. Both Viper teams ran into
mechanical issues at their first event two weeks ago with the #91 team being
unable to qualify due to engine problems but through the first session in
Wisconsin – both cars withstood the wear and tear.
Both 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R teams will be on the track
tomorrow morning at 10:25 am for the first official practice session being held
before the afternoon practice and qualifying session. Stay tuned to DodgeForum for more coverage
from the Road America Road Race Challenge as the new Viper race cars attempt to
improve through the end of the 2012 ALMS season.
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