Waterfall/Area 81 Racing was back to full strength at the VIR Spring Sprints Hoosier Super Tour event over the weekend. Tim Pierce was set to continue the momentum from a 1- 2 North American F1000 Series finish at Road Atlanta. Richard Franklin was preparing to make a splash in his first appearance in the series. Tim and the Car 18 crew put together a fast setup, which helped him to a 4th place finish on Saturday and 7th place finish on Sunday. Richard battled severe brake vibrations & handling issues in Car 81 to finish 9th out of a field of 14 F1000’s in both races.
Race 1 on Saturday promised to be dramatic considering the 56 car group, considered extremely large for the 3.27 mile VIR full course. Several FE and FA cars were involved in an incident in Turn 15 within the first two laps, resulting in a full course caution for the remainder of the race. Race 2 began on Sunday afternoon with a split group and more reasonable car count. Tim reported severely degraded power from clogged fuel injectors around lap 7 while running 3rd in class. He would have no choice but to endure the next 9 laps with a wounded car while losing 4 positions. Richard caught Tim on the last lap of the race and had a F1000 competitor in his sights on the last lap, only to suffer a blown motor a few turns later.
Tim Pierce, Car 18 – “I am very proud of the team’s 4th, 7th and 9th in a Super Tour event, especially considering the number of competitors in class. My heart sank when I saw the smoke plume from Richard’s car. It’s happened to me 3 times and it’s a sickening feeling. My car was suffering from a significant understeer all weekend, which we finally resolved before Race 2. I was in 3rd and felt like I could have potentially held position had I not had issues. I only had half throttle, a maximum rpm of 8000, and no acceleration. I knew that if I pulled into pit lane I would have finished dead last. I decided to stay out and fight to the end, finishing 7th. We had a podium winning setup, considering we were in 3rd before the issues began. I feel like I let an opportunity slip away, but we’ll get it addressed.”
Richard Franklin, Car 81 – “Congrats to Tim on his solid running at VIR this past weekend. With 14 F1000 cars, the new NAF1000 series is really gaining popularity. I bet we’ll have 30 F1000 cars at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in Indianapolis. I was off the pace all weekend due to vibration and handling issues, but my new Young Racing Team crew were super helpful working through the problems. On Sunday, I passed Tim on the backstretch with one lap to go and I could tell he was lacking power. I was gaining on another F1000 as I crossed the line for the last lap. Unfortunately, my engine expired going into turn 7 and ended my weekend.”
Special thanks to our Area 81 Racing sponsors Waterfall Security Solutions, The Franklin Insurance Agency, and Briky Coolers. The next race on the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour is the 65th Annual Cumberland Classic Fire & Ice Majors at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA. In car video of the VIR Race 1 incident is located here à https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YrN1-sVe6M. Stay tuned to www.Area81Racing.com and our FaceBook Page à https://www.facebook.com/Area-81-Racing-Team-173745692673454/ for highlights.