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    vipers at lemans 600

    This past weekend, the SRT Viper GTS-R teams returned to the 24 Hours of LeMans race but as has been the case in the American LeMans Series – they fell well short of the success seen by the previous generation Viper endurance racers.  However, it should be noted that both of the Vipers finished – unlike 14 of the 56 cars that started the race.

    Both SRT Viper teams got off to a rocky start with qualifying positions of 46th overall (10th in the GTE Pro class of 12 cars) for the #53 Viper driver by Marc Goossens, Dominik Farnbacher and Ryan Dalziel and 50th overall (11th in GTE Pro) for the #93 Viper driven by Tommy Kendall, Jonathan Bomarito and Kumo Wittmer.  Due to poor weather conditions prior to the qualifying sessions, both Viper teams were unable to log the amount of practice time originally planned, which obviously had a direct impact on their qualifying times and efforts during the race.

    During the race, both teams faced the typical issues that can plague a racecar during a 24 hour long endurance race including tire and alternator problems but unlike so many other cars in the field – both Vipers were still running when the checked flag waived.  At the end, the #53 Viper (recognized as the #91 Viper for ALMS fans) finished 25th overall and 8th in the GTE Pro class while the #93 Viper finished 32nd overall and 9th in the class.  42 cars finished the race with 10 of those competing in the GTE Pro class along with the Vipers.

    The race was won by the Audi e-Tron Quattro LMP1 car which completed 348 laps during the course of the 24 hour shootout while the GTA Pro class was won by a Porsche 911 RSR that completed 315 laps.  The #53 Viper completed 306 laps, leaving Goossens, Farnbacher and Dalziel 9 laps off of the class pace and 42 laps off of the winning pace while the #93 car was able to complete 301 laps in 24 hours.

    While 25th and 32nd is a far cry from the victories claimed by the Team Oreca Viper back in 1998, 1999 and 2000, the modern Viper teams continue to fight variables beyond their control (like diminished practice time due to rain) while also dealing with the downsides of having their power output restricted under the association rules.  However, the fact that both teams finished the grueling race is a testament to the quality of these modern race cars and as all of the drivers and teams continue to grow from these races – a podium spot could be in the future as the Vipers continue through the 2013 ALMS schedule.

    2013 24 Hours of LeMans Results (Vipers in Red, GTE Pro Class cars in Blue):
    1. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 348 laps (34 stops)
    2. #8 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 347 laps (30 stops)
    3. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 347 laps (30 stops)
    4. #7 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 341 laps (29 stops)
    5. #1 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 338 laps (32 stops)
    6. #21 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03c LMP1 332 laps (29 stops)
    7. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 329 laps (30 stops)
    8. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 328 laps (31 stops)
    9. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 327 laps (32 stops)
    10. #42 Mardenborough/Ordonez/Krumm Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 327 laps (28 stops)
    11. #49 Companc/Kaffer/Minassian Pecom Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 325 laps (29 stops)
    12. #43 Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard Morand Racing Morgan-Judd LMP2 320 laps (28 stops)
    13. #48 Hartley/Patterson/Chandhock Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)
    14. #38 Dolan/Turvey/Luhr Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)
    15. #36 Paniatici/Ragues/Gommendy Signatech Alpine Alpine-Nissan LMP2 317 laps (32 stops)
    16. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro 315 laps (22 stops)
    17. #91 Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro 315 laps (24 stops)
    18. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Pro 314 laps (24 stops)
    19. #34 Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen Race Performance Oreca 03-Judd LMP2 314 laps (32 stops)
    20. #73 Garcia/Taylor/Magnussen Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 312 laps (23 stops)
    21. #71 Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro 311 laps (23 stops)
    22. #51 Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro 311 laps (23 stops)
    23. #74 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 309 laps (25 stops)
    24. #41 Kimber-Smith/Lux/Rossi Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan LMP2 307 laps (31 stops)
    25. #53 Farnbacher/Dalziel/Goossens SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 306 laps (28 stops)
    26. #76 Narac/Bourret/Vernay IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 306 laps (23 stops)
    27. #55 Perazzini/Case/O’Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)
    28. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am 305 laps (23 stops)
    29. #77 Dempsey/Foster/Long Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)
    30. #50 Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor Larbre Competition Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Am 302 laps (25 stops)
    31. #96 Goethe/Hall/Campbell-Walter Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Am 301 laps (26 stops)
    32. #93 Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer SRT Motorsport Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 301 laps (26 stops)
    33. #40 Downs/Dagonneau/Younessi Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 300 laps (29 stops)
    34. #67 Gibon/Milesi/Henzler IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 300 laps (22 stops)
    35. #66 Bertolini/Alfaisal/Qubaisi JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro 300 laps (26 stops)
    36. #88 Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 300 laps (23 stops)
    37. #75 Collard/Crubile/Perrodo Prospeed Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 298 laps (23 stops)
    38. #81 Pottolicchio/Aguas/Bright 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am 294 laps (25 stops)
    39. #39 Porta/Raffin/Brandela DKR Engineering Lola B11/40-Judd LMP2 280 laps (31 stops)
    40. #12 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1  275 laps (26 stops)

     
     
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