makes history at the Badland's Nationals!
final stop on the CMDRA National circuit was the Badland's Nationals
at "The Strip" in Medicine Hat, AB. This volunteer run track
is a sound facility with god track prep allowing Barkley to put
up great numbers here at previous events. Ethan had a commanding
in the title chase over fellow racer Rob Aston, but not enough
to wrap up the championship prior to the event. Both racers knew
that in order to have a shot at the title, they needed to leave
nothing on the table. Ethan struggled during the three rounds
of qualifying on Saturday and the best he could muster was a
7.64 / 190. He was having trouble getting the 500+ hp GSX-R1000
"Eleanor" to hook up at the start,
but past half-track the bike was pulling hard. Aston on the other
hand was the exact opposite, great starts
but a little down on speed. However it was good enough to qualify
in top spot with a 7.47 which was a little too close to the existing
E.T. record of 7.42 for Ethan's liking. "If Aston has a record
setting weekend and we continue to struggle, this championship
could slip through our fingers", Ethan stated at the
end of qualifying. Not wanting that to come to fruition Barkley
and his crew chief Tom Bodrovics went back to the drawing
board in order to find a soft setup that would net them
an improved elapsed time yet still keep the down track speed
up. Ethan entered the King of the Hill class at the end of Saturday
"conservative" tune up. It appeared that the team was on the
right track, posting a 7.48 / 196! Without the rear tire spinning,
the drive was smooth and consistent and that speed was well in
excess of the existing record of 192 MPH Ethan set at this very
same event 1 year ago.
puts a little heat into the rear tire!
into Sunday's eliminations the team was confident they had the
tune up that would keep them in the power the entire track. In
the semi-finals Ethan faced number 3 qualifier Dave Burleigh
who was running strong all weekend. AS the lights came down Barkley
charged forward instanlty and he kept his head down, hitting
his 13,750 rpm shift points perfectly. The scoreboards flashed
/197.70 shattering the old elapsed time and speed records! The
team was ecstatic as the years of hard work finally paid off!
Barkley faced off against Aston in the finals, the two rivals
looking forward to putting up great side by side numbers. Unfortunately
the track had gone away slightly and both bikes spun slightly.
Ethan came out on top and managed a great 7.37 /197.4 pass for
the win. That run also backed up the 1/8th and 1/4 mile
elapsed time and speed records.
to put the power down leaving the line
the event win and the Barkley's name on all 4 records, he
now had a substantial points margin over Aston, and proudly claimed
Championship! It was a perfect way to wrap up the Canadian
L-R: Tom, Ethan and Chris take home #1 for the 15th time!
EB Speed team will now head for the IDBL Fall Nationals / Pro
Streeet Battle Royale taking place October 2-4th, where the top
40 Pro Street teams from all over the globe will decend on
Raceway in hopes of taking home some of the $24,000 USD purse!
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