sets new E.T. record on Canadian soil!
The TS Signs Printing & Promo backed rider Ethan
Barkley was at Mission Raceway Park for the CMDRA's 2019 Season
Finale. Once again there was a lack of racers in the Pro Street
Ethan was forced to run in the Pro Mod category whose rules differ
drastically to the Pro Street class. Most notably the Pro Mod class
is based on a purpose built dragbike with a tube chassis, massive
wheelie bars and either nitrous or turbocharger for a power adder.
It was an apples and oranges mix with Ethan in the class but that
18 time Champion one bit.
Barkley getting ready to take on the Pro Mod
During the Saturday morning riders meeting, the CMDRA
to run a full race program for the first day since Sunday's forecast
was calling for 100% rain. This abbreviated schedule meant no testing
for the pro classes along with limited qualifying runs in the morning,
then straight into
in the afternoon. Ethan was confident his turbocharged GSX-R1000
"Eleanor" was up for the task. In his opening
qualifying run Ethan instantly spun the tire at the start line.
With only one more qualifying
pass allowed he had to make the next one count and couldn't afford
Barkley drops the hammer!
Ethan went through his settings and softened the
shock and lowered his rpm at the start line in hopes of getting
off the start line cleanly. Also before his run we walked the start
line in both lanes, searching for that perfect spot to line up.
All that attention to detail worked perfectly as Ethan once again
set a new benchmark in Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing with a picture
perfect 7.192 @ 192.43 MPH pass. He previously held the quickest
pass in Canada at 7.22 set at this very track in September of 2018.
Not only that but he was now the #1 qualifier in the Pro Mod class.
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Quickest Pro Street run on Canadian Soil!
Now the focus was on eliminations and the turnaround
time was very limited. So it was all Ethan could do to get some
data downloaded and look into where he could add some more power
to shoot for a 6 second E.T. Since he qualified first he had
a bye in the opening round, so it was now or never to shoot for
glory. However in the burnout the bike was not running well and
the engine shut off as he approached the start line. Ethan knew
something was not right and elected to simply forego the run
and see if he could figure out what the problem was before round
two. After a careful investigation it was determined that an
internal connecting rod bearing had issues, thus dropping the
oil pressure below the minimum threshold set in the ecu and
that was the cause of the engine shutting off after the burnout.
This safety setting Ethan installed likely saved a catastrophic
failure which is not only costly but very dangerous because if
during a run it could potentially putt oil on the track and
on the tires. Not something anyone wants at 200 mph. The problem
now was time as the between round gap was extremely tight
there was no way for Ethan to swap in the back-up engine in
time to make it up for the semi-finals. It was a tough way to
end the weekend knowing that the quest for
pass on Canadian soil would have to wait until 2020. Even though
Ethan only made one full pass he was once again the quickest
at the conclusion of the event! It was an amazing accomplishment
given the level of competition in attendance.
Ethan with the one and only "Eleanor"
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