dominates the Northern Nationals!
After a missed opportunity for the win at the last
event due to inclement weather, Ethan was determined to make up
the championship standings at the Northern Nationals August 11-12.
Northern Lights Raceway
is a great facility, but it's seldom used which leads to a rather
"green" surface and makes for challenging
bit of time and walked the entire 1/4 mile in both lanes in order
best gauge his plan of attack for the weekend.
Ethan's turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor" was shortened
to a mere 67.5" total wheelbase and all the ballast was taken off
the front of the bike in order to better transfer the weight to
the rear tire while using less power when compared to other tracks.
Ethan also adjusted his AMS2000 boost controller to a more gradual
power delivery. There was an opportunity for a morning test run
but Ethan opted out, citing the surface needed more rubber before
he would attempt any testing. By the afternoon the track temperature
was up nicely and the track staff was doing their best to make
it good enough for the high powered Pro Street bikes. In his opening
pass Barkley made a great run with an elapsed time of 7.68 while
the rear tire was spinning badly at the finish only netting 171
mph. The rest of the field wasn't even in the 7's. Next up was
qualifying and Ethan had made some key adjustments to the down
track power delivery. This track has a pronounced dip at the transition
from concrete to pavement at the 1/8th mile and once a tire starts
spinning it's hard to get it back under control. Ethan incorporated
a boost reduction five seconds into his run in hopes that this
would quell the tire spin and help keep the bike accelerating.
hard work paid off as he posted 7.66/183 mph in round one of qualifying
and an even better 7.64/183 in round two. He left things alone
for round three but the sun was now low in the horizon and the
track was cooling off quickly; the grip just
there anymore as he posted a tire spinning 7.73/168 mph. Ethan
was the quickest bike in all three rounds of qualifying thus adding
3 bonus points to the
standings. He was over 2 tenths quicker than number two qualifier
and fellow EB Speed rider Danny Green aboard his turbocharged Hayabusa.
Ethan worked hard through the night reviewing all
the data form the four runs, trying to find a little something
extra for Sunday. Again there was a morning test session that the
other racers attended but Ethan refrained as
he felt there was not enough heat in the track. He would try his
luck in the opening round of eliminations. It turned out to be
a wise decision as his competitor Rob Aston wouldn't make the call
due to a hurt engine so Ethan had a bye run. Always looking
to gain valuable data, Ethan chose to make a full pass and left
the line very smoothly and ran an incredible 7.58/183! On the other
side of the ladder fellow EB Speed rider Danny Green was making
excellent progress running 7.73/180 mph taking the win over Gary
Henault making for an all EB Speed final. While reviewing the data
from the previous run Ethan noticed
on his shifts, so he elected to reduce the power and soften the
clutch slightly going into the finals.
This is not what most would do but he anticipated the track would
be similar to yesterday and overpowering the track would lead
to increased wheel spin and potentially a loss. As
the two EB Speed riders lined up, the rev's came up and the lights
were both gone. Ethan had a sizeable advantage in reaction time
and kept moving forward while Danny spun slightly then began to
wheelie as his chassis was now out of sorts. Ethan kept his head
down in a full tuck with the throttle locked and clicked off the
weekend with a 7.54/ 183 mph
take the win over Danny's 8.09 / 171.
It was a perfect weekend for Ethan as he proved that
the lightest bike could get the most grip on the less than perfect
track. Ethan was extremely consistent as well; his slowest time
of the weekend eclipsed the best run of his nearest competitor.
power delivery and years of experience paid off as Ethan now has
a significant lead in the Championship standings in the High Level
Motor Products Pro Street Series. The next stop on the schedule
will be September 8-9 at "The Strip" in Medicine
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