BMW Z4 GT3
It has been two months since the last race of the TUDOR United Sportscar Racing Series to allow the teams to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The next race is the Six Hours of the Glen and BMW is looking to build on their early success this season.
The BMW Team RLL has managed two victories and two second place finishes in the first four races of the season. Thanks to this BMW sits atop the manufacture points standings in the GTLM class ahead of Corvette.
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Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper SRTs Fight for First Place
Endurance racing has historically been dominated by European cars. Manufactures like Porsche, Audi, BMW and Ferrari normally win their classes. Although there have been exceptions from Dodge Vipers, Corvettes and who could forget the Ford GT-40.
This past weekend was the running of Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen and it was a good one for American racing fans. Perhaps it was that the European manufactures were focused on the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Pikes Peak (or at least that is what some would say).
No matter the reason, the weekend before America’s Independence Day saw an all American podium in the GT Class. Watkins Glen was the scene of a fight between a Corvette and two Dodge Viper SRTs.
After a hard fought battle, the two Viper GTS-Rs wearing their retro livery weren’t able to get past the Corvette C7.R.
So, will America dominate endurance racing for a while, or was this just a one race fluke? The GT field has so many good cars and drivers that any of them could finish on top, so it should make for some interesting finishes.
How do you think the remainder of the United Sportscar Racing season will turn out? Let us know in the comments.
Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
We told you last week that Dodge was bringing back their retro racing livery for Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs will wear the retro look for the remainder of the United Sportscar Racing season.
We told you that you could expect for the Viper to get back to the dominance that it had in the ’90s thanks to the new look. After all, if a turbo sticker adds 200 horsepower to a Honda Civic how much more will a retro racing livery add?
Well, changing the scheme of the cars appears to have worked. The two Viper GTS-Rs managed a double podium finish in their class at Watkins Glen. They didn’t quite get the class win (Corvette managed the win, more on that later), but managed a very good second and third place finish.
So, perhaps SRT should have changed the livery earlier, then they would be dominating the series by now. Having said that, they have been pretty consistent, being the only manufacture that has managed a podium finish in each race so far this season.
How do you think the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs will do the rest of the season and how much horsepower did the new / old livery add? Let us know in the comments.