From a driver’s point of view, having a full
season racing with the SRT Viper GTS-R
under our belts was something that we
needed in order to really understand where
we stood. We have so much talent in this
team, from the top of the organization
down, and there’s so much experience, too,
but all of that doesn’t mean you will
automatically become successful the
minute you hit the track. We had to learn
the car and how to win with each other.
The four races in 2012 gave us some
pointers on where we needed to be heading,
but we were looking to the 2013 season to
complete something meaningful, and I’d say
we did that in a way we can all be satisfied
with. But satisfaction isn’t a place where
we spend very much of our time.
Where we did spend time was being
very honest about how to make our cars
better, how to make ourselves better. The
good thing was that we didn’t have any big
the drive to succeed
Same goes for the rest of the car,
obviously. There’s no magic formula for
winning in this class; it’s all about the
constant work and effort being put in by
everybody to make everything just that
little bit better – the aerodynamics, the
suspension, the brakes, the drivetrain.
Added together, it can become the winning
formula. I won’t say we have that formula
perfected yet, but I feel like we are close,
and we’ll soon find whatever is missing.
For a successful 2014, it’s definitely
championship time, nothing less. Success in
the GT Le Mans class Drivers’ Championship
and Manufacturers’ Championship is our
top priority. We aren’t aiming low.
Among the drivers, we plan to keep
pushing as hard as we can. We’re always
together, we’re training together, improving
together; we’re physically ready to go out
there and finish one-two. That’s our vision
for the 2014 championship.
For Viper GTS-R driver Kuno Wittmer and every member of the team, constant improvement is the key
weaknesses or deficiencies, but there were
many details we could improve. From where
I sat (literally), maybe the biggest was driver
comfort and seating for the longer races.
The molding of the seat, the way the
steering wheel is positioned, each switch
on the panel – every little detail is
important from a driver’s perspective. It’s
something we improved a lot over the
season, and it’s still ongoing. We’ll still be
looking for improvements as we head to
Daytona in January, because everything we
do to help the drivers extract the ultimate
performance from our SRT Vipers makes us
faster and more consistent, every single lap.
“there’s no magic formula
for winning in this class; it’s
all about the constant work
and effort being put in”
“Satisfaction isn’t a place where
we spend very much of our time,”
says Kuno Wittmer (LEFT). After
a promising 2013 season, he’s
only focused forward.