takes the win and nearly sets E.T. Record!
was more focused than ever coming into Mission Raceway Park for
the CMDRA Pacific Coast Nationals June 20-21.
The previous two weeks were busy for Ethan as he had to replace
the damaged engine that resulted from a broken cam chain in Medicine
Hat. A new motor was installed and the old engine was fully repaired
in order to have on hand as a backup in case the inevitable happened
again. All that hard work paid off as his opening pass on Saturday
morning’s test session of 7.58 / 186 was outstanding! That
run was by far his quickest opening run and picked up right where
he left off at the last event. The times just kept coming down
throughout the afternoon and by the time qualifying was over, Ethan
was on top with a 7.41 at 192 MPH. The current CMDRA elapsed time
record is 7.42; so this was one half of a potential record and
20 bonus points! A second run would have to be made within 1% to
make it official. Ethan went back to the trailer that evening to
review the data in order to make sure no stone was left unturned
Barkley slowly stages "Eleanor" and brings
up the revs
Sunday morning’s test session was equally impressive with
a 7.42 at 190 MPH, but only runs made in qualifying and elimination’s
count towards the record so it was nothing more than bragging rights.
All the team needed to do was repeat the run and collect the record
and likely move on to the finals as Ethan had a substantial advantage
over his competition. Unfortunately that’s not how racing
works and he would struggle to make a clean pass in the scorching
afternoon heat. It was obvious the track was becoming a bit greasy
as everyone’s times were suffering and rear grip was hit
and miss at best. Ethan found himself against Rob Aston in the
finals and with the hopes of backing up the 7.41 record fading,
the decision was made to set the bike up soft at the start and
try to drive around Rob in the last half of the track. That plan
worked to perfection as Ethan spun early and found himself trailing
until about half track where Rob had clutch issues and Ethan sailed
by using the superior horsepower of his turbocharged GSX-R1000
to take the win.
Barkley pulls ahead of Aston enroute to a 7.41
@ 192 mph!
Even though the record couldn’t be reset, Ethan came away
from Mission with his head held high. He proved that the new
clutch and tuning setups could work and produced amazing elapsed
right away with minimal power. He has worked tirelessly
on efficiency of the entire bike and now the benefits are starting
to show. Stay tuned as Ethan heads to Castrol Raceway for the
CMDRA Oil City Nationals July 25-26th.
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