breaks records at the Oil City Nationals!
off the stellar performance of the previous event in Rimbey,
Ethan was more determined than ever to keep up the momentum as
for the CMDRA's Oil City Nationals single day event. His Parts
Canada backed GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" was
running better than ever and was ready to tackle the full 1/4
mile strip. Minor chassis improvements were made for the race
including new offset triple clamps and another inch of wheelbase.
"Everything was working really well in Rimbey"
Ethan said, "I
only want to make subtle changes going forward as not to upset
tucks in and holds the throttle wide open on his way to another
record setting 7.2 second / 190+ MPH 1/4 Mile pass!
to the forecast the race was in jeopardy with showers expected
on and off throughout the day. In the morning test session the
tune up was kept very mild in order to get a feel for how much
grip was available and how the new triple clamps felt at full
speed. Ethan cruised to a effortless 7.6 / 182 mph pass, the
perfect, time to turn it up! The single day event produced some
challenges as the tighter schedule makes for less testing time
and only two rounds of qualifying so the team couldn't afford
to waste any runs.
Even in the cloud of tire smoke, Ethan remains
focused on the task at hand!
opening round of qualifying was set for mid-day, and Ethan wasted
little time making his mark. With a more aggressive tune-up
he left the line very cleanly and accelerated incredibly quick
and at the finish line the
scoreboards flashed 7.28 / 186! This would eclipse his best ever
pass and was now the quickest CMDRA Pro Street pass ever! Ethan
and his crew chief Tom couldn't celebrate long as they needed
to get back to the pits and prepare for the second round of
qualifying. With only 60 minutes, they had to check the clutch
and also find out why the speed was so low as they were expecting
190+. For round two Ethan made some fuel changes to the Motec
ECU and hoped to get some of the down track speed back. The second
qualifying pass was practically a carbon copy of the first. The
elapsed time came up; 7.26/190 a new CMDRA 1/4 Mile E.T. Record!
The chassis working perfectly!
With the new record in the books Ethan focused on the tuning
for the eliminations. The next two rounds of eliminations
were a little slower than the records at 7.37/191 and
7.32 / 190 respectively. Still great passes but not what
Ethan was expecting. It seemed that the high humidity was
sapping some power from
as quickly as earlier in the day. Ethan studied the data
from the day and decided to increase the amount of boost
in the first 3 seconds of the run. Ethan lined up against
Rob Aston aboard his turbocharged Hayabusa. The tree lit
up and Ethan was gone like a shot. The run was clean and
the increased power lofted the front tire over a foot in
the air as he shifted into second gear! It was a straight
pass and Ethan stayed in his tuck until the finish line
where the time flashed 7.24 / 192.88 vs. Rob's 7.52 /
185. Ethan reset the 1/4 Mile E.T. record for a third time
in one afternoon! It was an epic way to finish an amazing
at the races!
Barkley leaves the line enroute to a record
setting 7.24 / 193!
Oil City Nationals were a complete success with the two qualifying
passes and the three eliminations runs all within a tenth of
is more to come Ethan explains; "At the moment the chassis
is still rather modest, if the conditions
are right in the next events Eleanor will be longer and lower
allowing more boost to be applied earlier". Next up, team
EB Speed heads back to the MHDRA's Strip in Medicine Hat August
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