claims his 18th National Championship!
The fifth and final race of the 2018 CMDRA National
Series was held at Mission Raceway Park Sept. 22nd - 23rd. The
weather was less than optimal for racing with heavy rain the night
before and Saturday morning was equally as bad with drizzle until
about noon. However the sun came out just enough in the afternoon
to dry things up and allow the staff to begin prepping the surface.
Ethan set up his turbocharged GSX-R1000 "Eleanor"
for a really sticky surface, unfortunately the weather wasn't
co-operating so Ethan went back to his usual moderate chassis
and boost maps. In the opening test pass the bike instantly spun
at the line and provided little data
while posting an 8.38 / 179 mph. The track was still green from
all the rain and needed more rubber down
if Ethan was to make a pass that was worthwhile. In round
clean pass with minor wheel spin with a 7.49 / 188 mph. There was
still room for improvement but after reviewing the data Ethan
track would not accept any more power so the tune was left the
same for the final round of qualifying. The track was cooling
off as sun set for the final round of qualifying with the
racers made their passes under the lights. Cool fall air is great
for horsepower but not great for the track. Ethan used all his
tricks to make sure he stayed ahead of his competition and chose
to remove all the ballast
from the bike in order to assist the weight transfer to the rear
On his final pass of the day Ethan had
a nice clean run, the shift times were slowed down so as not to
overpower the tire which was constantly on the verge of breaking
loose; the scoreboards flashed 7.47/ 189 mph! A great run that
put Ethan in top spot in the High Level Motor Products Pro
Street Class but that was also the quickest
run of any class!
With Sunday morning came more drizzle and overcast
skies, but unlike Saturday the sun was not making an appearance.
inability to provide a safe racing surface due to cool
temperatures, high humidity and lack of radiant heat the officials
the elimination rounds. Not the ideal way to end a season but
with one rider crashing on Saturday afternoon the likelihood of
another incident was just too high for officials to proceed.
Ethan had accumulated a healthy lead in the Championship
standings prior to arriving in Mission and merely needed to qualify
in order to win the 2018 Championship. Overall the season was a
success with two wins and a runner up in the three completed events,
and he qualified 1st and second in the two events that were rained
out. He was the most consitent rider all season and one of / if
not the quickest bike in the entire CMDRA at every event. It's
this consistent top level performance that also earned Ethan his
Rick Davie Memorial
Award for Most Outstanding Achievement.
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