Viper and Corvette win inaugural Whelen US TimeTrial Championship event.

Dodge Motorsports driver Kuno Wittmer wins Saturday, MTI Racing’s Reese Cox wins Sunday.

Canadian Kuno Wittmer has won the first round of the newly created Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, while Corvette tuning legend and Atlanta local Reese Cox dominated Sunday’s competition.

A huge field of cars, including BMWs, Corvettes, Dodge SRTs, Ferraris, Ford Mustangs, Mazdas, Porsches and Vipers, participated in the event held over the weekend at Road Atlanta, near Braselton, GA.

It was run in conjunction with the North American Road Racing Association’s US GT Championship and US Performance Driver Education Program.

Driving a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe prepared by Dodge Motorsports, Wittmer was testing a new Viper engine. During the TimeTrial Wittmer, who was in the TT-Unlimited class, set a new Road Atlanta USTTC lap record of 1:25.919 with an average speed of 107 mph.

He later eclipsed that time by a further 2 seconds in the US GT Championship race, setting a time of 1:23.467 to claim the USGTC lap record.

Reese Cox finished second in TT-Unlimited with an MTI Racing prepared Corvette, while A.R. Horshmandy (Corvette) completed the podium.

The TT-1 class also provided close and strong competition. Doug Wind won the category by a single tenth of a second over Booth James. Wind’s turbo-charged Dodge SRT-4 completed the 2.54mile Road Atlanta circuit in 1:35.452. David Tenney was third.

Greg Beaty won TT-2 in a Dodge Viper with a 1:38.693 lap, with Tim Marcinek (Corvette) and Mark Palmer (Viper) filling the other two steps on the podium.

On Sunday Reece Cox stepped up to take the honors in TT-Unlimited, however he couldn’t match Kuno’s time from Saturday, lapping in 1:26.925. Canadian Karl Kafaroski finished second in a Viper ACR.

Doug Wind made it ‘two for two’ taking the TT-1 win with a time of 1:33.532, setting the new Whelen USTTC TT-1 lap record. David Tenney was 2nd and Teo Hoffman finished 3rd.

Greg Beaty backed-up his Saturday performance, knocking a further 2 seconds off his time to win Sunday’s TT-2 competition and claim the new TT-2 track lap record. Jeff England (Corvette) and Tim Marcinek (Corvette) finished 2nd and 3rd.

Famous faces were also on hand to witness the inaugural Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, including Whelen Engineering owner Sonny Whelen who was competing in the US GT Championship with his son George.

Dodge President and CEO Ralph Gilles was also present along with Atlanta Falcons wide-receiver Dez White, award winning record producer Jim Jonsin, pro-skater Bucky Lasek, television personality Tom Hnatiw, renowned sports car legend Randy Pobst, Mike Skeen and Australian racing driver Tom Drewer.

The weekend’s action was captured with over 30 GoPro cameras placed both on cars and trackside, and will be webcast exclusively on GoRacingTV.com, with commentary by the voice of the Whelen US TimeTrial Championship, television motorsport identity Tom Hnatiw.

The next round the of the Whelen US TImeTrial Championship will be held March 25-27 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, California, not far from Palm Springs. For more information and event registration visit www.NARRAonline.com or call 817 829 4893.

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