2013 SRT Viper GTS-R makes an admirable debut at the American Le Mans Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 8, 2012

The first time that the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R participated in the American Le Mans Series’ GT class was quite admirable. These two cars didn’t just complete the race at Mid-Ohio. The #91 car, which was driven by Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher, placed No. 10 in its class. Gary Johnson, Chrysler SRT’s road racing manager, believes that having the Viper GTS-R cars finish is already an achievement.

At Chrysler’s media blog, Johnson said that it had accomplished its first goal to finish the race without any major problems. He added that the cars improved and made significant progress throughout the race. He said that the race enabled them to find out the issues and where to focus. It can’t be denied that both Vipers finished behind many of their GT-class rivals like the Pratt & Miller Chevrolet Corvette C6Rs by two seconds.

But what makes this impressive is that it’s the first outing for the SRT’s race program that was basically built in shorter than six months. It’s also notable that the #91 car experienced some teething issues in practice sessions earlier in the week.

Torque News said that the #91 Viper had an engine sputter at the first practice round on Saturday, prompting it to leave both the second practice round and the qualifying session. Because of this, Wittmer and Farnbacher had to begin at the back of the 32-car field, a six-spot decline from the second-to-last GT class entrant. Marc Goosens and Tommy Kendall had driven the #93 Viper to earn a 10th-in-class starting position with a lap time of 1:22:158.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The final version of Lexus’ GT3 racer is now here at last and it looks meaner and more menacing than the namesake concept it was derived from. Welcome the new...
by - January 16, 2017
BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its...
by - December 15, 2016
M-Sport has taken the veil off its challenger for the next season of the World Rally Championship – the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC -- and it has very little in...
by - December 13, 2016
Porsche revealed that starting 2017, it will offer the 911 (991) GT3 Cup with an improved drive. Already considered as the most produced GT racing vehicle in the world, this...
by - December 9, 2016
Mercedes-AMG finally races along with other car manufacturers in the GT4 category. Since there’s an increasing trend for this segment, we think they’ve made it just in time along with...
by - December 7, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries