on top of the podium in Fort St. John!
Ethan Barkley arrived at the Northern Lights Raceway
in second place in the 2013 CMDRA Championship points race. The
bike has been working well but a string of bad luck and technical
has hampered this year’s results. Ethan was hopeful that
his luck was about to turn around.
It has been five years since the CMDRA has raced in
Fort St. John B.C. and all the teams were eager to put on a great
show for the fans. The morning test session was delayed slightly
due to the previous evening's heavy rain that
left the track rather wet Saturday morning. By the afternoon the
sun was out and the track
the bikes to make their runs. The staff worked hard getting the
track up to par but the lack of rubber on the surface was preventing
the teams from making clean passes under power. Many teams, including
Ethan were simply having their tires go up in smoke instead of
accelerating properly. Afternoon qualifying
produced slightly better results but
be way off
the mark of a typical track. Barkley found himself
qualified in the number two spot at the days end.
Ethan made several changes to his bike Eleanor for
Sunday in an attempt to gain some much needed traction. The new
and improved machine is
lighter and longer, making traction even more critical than ever.
This new more aggressive setup will work wonders on the perfect
surfaces of the USA but is proving to be challenging
racing on Canadian tracks. Ethan was still spinning up a storm
on every pass but the unmatched power to weight ratio of his bike
helped him post the top speed of his class on every pass.
ZX14 easily in the semi-finals and would be facing Rob Aston in
the finals. The two racers left the start line gently
but then Ethan spun the tire early and found himself behind by
3 thenths of a second after only 330'. Never one to give up, Ethan
worked the throttle and somehow found some grip and then poured
quickly accelerated, gaining ground on his competitor. The two
crossed the finish line virtually side by side, with Barkley narrowly
out the victory, 8.90 to an 8.92 by the runner up Aston. Ethan
had gained over ten miles per hour over his opponent, which allowed
him to not
up but actually pass him just in the nick of time for the win.
This is a big boost for Ethan and his team as he heads for the
season finale at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, AB. September
7-8. The track surface is always stellar at Castrol and Ethan is
he can use all of Eleanor's new found power in his
quest for a 14th National Championship.
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