The #93 Viper GTS-R ahead of a Compuware Corvette ZR1.

The 2013 SRT Viper GTSR teams struggle in debut, will race again in two weeks

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Saturday afternoon brought about the debut of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R race car in the American LeMans Series in Mid Ohio and while their 10th and 12th place finishes are a far cry from the win collected when the original GTS-R debut in the 90s – Team SRT is happy with the performance of their brand new race cars and they will make their next attempt in two weeks at Road America.

The weekend started off on the shaky side of things when Viper GTS-R #91 ran into engine problems during the first official practice session that forced the Forza Motorsport 4 car to start at the rear of the field. The #93 Pennzoil Ultra Viper GTS-S qualified in the 10th position ALMS race at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Challenge almost 3 seconds behind the top qualifying time for the GT Class turned in by the #55 BMW M3. Overall, the #93 Viper GTS-R started 24th while the #91 Viper started in the 32nd position. The 2013 Viper GTS-R teams surely would have liked to qualify better but it doesn’t matter where you qualify so long as you finish well.

Unfortunately, the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R teams didn’t finish all that well either.

The #91 Forza Motorsport 4 Viper GTS-R ran 111 laps during the 2 hour and 46 minute race which placed the Viper driven by Kumo Wittmer and Dominic Farnbacher in the 10th position in the GT Class; 23rd overall. Keep in mind this was the Viper that started after the rear of the field after being forced to change an engine, missing qualifying so after starting 32nd overall and 13th in the class, the #91 Viper moved up through the field a bit in the new GTS-R debut. This placed the #91 Viper ahead of the sole Lotus Evora (11th) in the lineup as well as the #3 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (13th).

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