at the CMDRA Summer National's!
After a long off-season Ethan was finally back aboard
his trusty turbocharged GSX-R1000 nicknamed "Eleanor" at
the CMDRA Summer Nationals June 30-July 1. Even though Ethan wasn't
to make any off-season test passes he came off the trailer in Saturday's
qualifying session with a respectable 1/8th mile pass of
5.05/153 mph. From
there Ethan would keep tuning for the next couple of rounds where
ended up with 4.97 / 154 MPH which was good for second spot.
In the first round eliminations Barkley was up against
fellow EB Speed rider Danny Green. Ethan's new tune up was slightly
more aggressive that the qualifying passes on Saturday and he took
the win with a solid 4.89/156 MPH. In round two Ethan had the bye
and was able to step it up a little bit more to see what the track
could hold for the finals and posted an 4.86/157.
Ethan found himself in the finals against Dave Burleigh on
turbo Hayabusa. As the lights flashed green Ethan got a great head
start with a superior reaction time. Dave was giving chase and
had a big wheelie giving even more advantage to Ethan but unfortunately
his GSX-R spun the rear tire on the 1-2 shift and it was all over,
Ethan couldn't regain his momentum enough to catch Dave. It was
a very close finish with Ethan losing by a mere 0.02 seconds.
All in all it was a positive weekend for Ethan
as he secured valuable points in the Championship Standings and
sits in second place heading into the next event at Castrol Raceway,
Edmonton AB. July 21-22.
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