has a tough weekend at Castrol Raceway!
the prior event in Mission B.C.,
Ethan had some issues with his 500 horsepower turbocharged GSX-R1000
"Eleanor" spinning on the 1-2 shift. So coming
into the 3rd National Event of the CMDRA's National series at
installed a new Penske rear shock in hopes of fixing the issue.
The team was excited to make a pass during the hour test session
on Saturday morning. The track was in great shape and things
looked promising. Ethan began his burnout in usual fashion until
a spike in oil pressure blow the oil
most of the Motul 300V engine oil came gushing out. There wasn't
any damage to the bike, but there was a significant cleanup of
would eliminate them from making a test pass. Once the bike was
cleaned up it was time to get ready for qualifying, but with
no test data the tune-up would have to be rather modest. Barkley
left the line quickly but the bike pulled hard to the right and
was forced to let off the throttle and get straightened
out. This correction hurt the elapsed time considerably posting
7.97 / 187
mph. Not long after that run the skies opened up to steady drizzle
and the days racing would be pushed to Sunday.
chassis working perfectly!
photo by: seven62media
on Sunday the teams have another 90 minute test session, but due
to Saturday's precipitation, testing was eliminated and the second
round of qualifying was put in its place. The team quickly got
the GSXR ready for the rung and had a slightly more aggressive
tune in the computer and clutch, but again the bike pulled
to the right,
this time not as bad resulting in a time of 7.75 / 188 mph. This
would be all the qualifying passes allowed and Ethan found himself
in the unfamiliar second spot, less than a tenth of a second behind
throws the clutch as "Eleanor's" Michelin grips the track!
photo by: seven62media
it was time to prepare for the upcoming elimination rounds with
the first being against Dave Burleigh on his newly purchased
650 horsepower turbocharged
Hayabusa. As Ethan began his burnout the unthinkable happened...another
spike in the oil pressure and another blow seal! It was a painful way to
lose as he watched Dave make the single pass. Ethan and his
crew chief Tom Bodrovics knew the oil spike wasn't a fluke and immediately
began to inspect the lubrication system for any discrepancies. It was determined
oil pressure relief valve was the culprit, it was corrected in time
for Ethan to enter the shootout race and try and gain some valuable data
from the event. The next two passes were decent but the track had lost
its previous grip. Ethan would go on to take the win in the Gas Shootout
and post a best time of 7.65 / 189 mph.
will be looking for redemption and valuable points in the chase
for a 15th National Championship as the EB
Speed teams heads to Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft B.C. August 22-23.
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