comes out on top at the Badland's Nationals!
a long winter Ethan was back on his record setting turbocharged
GSX-R1000 at the CMDRA season opener, the Badland's
Nationals in Medicine Hat Alberta. EB Speed has
stepped up to sponsor the class and this increased purse has
helped entice a few new faces into the mix.
warms up the tire before his first run of 2017!
the off-season Ethan updated many key components on his
including the turbocharger, boost control,
swing arm as well as a new engine. It's all in the pursuit of
staying on top of this increasingly competitve class. Unfortunately
Ethan was unable to test any of these new parts on
prior to this event, so he was going into it with an
unproven setup. Even with this challenge he came out swinging
in the opening
round of Saturday's qualifying session but had the bike set up
a little too aggressive and spun at the start line. For round
two Ethan softened the initial boost and made a clean getaway,
a respectable 7.68 / 183. Round three was late in the evening
which made for great cool air but the track surface was also
very cool, this prevented Ethan from improving
the run.. He ended up qualifying #2 behind arch rival Rob Aston
who posted an impressive 7.58 / 179 earlier in the day.
tucks his head down enroute to the #2 spot in qualifying
poured over what little useable data he had from Saturday in
hopes of improving his times come Sunday's eliminations. Number
one qualifier Aston had
in the first round but he was nursing a hurt motor and would
only be able to break the starting line beams to earn his 20
round points but his weekend was over. Ethan was lined up against
rider Danny Green who is new to Pro Street but not new to turbos
or drag racing. Danny was off pace on Saturday but had found
some issues and was running low 8's in Sunday morning's test
Ethan couldn't take him lightly as anything could happen with
the ever improving rider. Putting in a moderate tune, Ethan cruised
to victory with a 7.73
178. Even though the run wasn't a record setting time or speed,
the team gained
very valuable data on "Eleanor's" new configuration.
This was really the first "clean" pass of the weekend, something
and could build on. In round two Ethan had a bye run, so he elected
new parts, a lightweight version of the MTC Engineering Gen II
clutch he has used for a few years now. The rest of the tune
the same as he wanted some back to back data to see how the new
unit worked. He left the line smoothly and posted 7.71 / 183.
It was clear the new clutch was better than its predecessor due
to the improved elapsed time and speed. Ethan wanted
up the boost
the fans but he also noticed the very high track temperatures
were wreaking havoc on the start line with rubber beginning
to peel off the concrete surface...not good! At this point Ethan
had to make the call to play it safe and go for the win, not
a record. A modest tune was left in the bike as he faced off
Henault aboard his turbocharged Hayabusa. Ethan had another
clean launch and the bike was very stable the entire run and
flashed his best pass of the weekend; 7.61 / 184 for the win!
of his next move before he heads up for the finals!
was a great way to end the challenging weekend. Although the
times weren't as quick as Ethan had hoped for, all in all
it was a productive weekend. Ethan was already looking forward
which is only two weeks away where he looks to turn
in his quest for more hardware!
Ethan and Chris take home the victory!
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