Area 81 Racing Car # 81 driver Richard Franklin returned to competition after his dramatic engine failure at the SCCA Majors at VIR. With a fresh Suzuki GSXR1000 GDRE power plant installed by Young Racing, Richard returned to his favorite track to shake down the new engine and compete in the Bud Merrill Double SCCA Major at Roebling Road. This event is sometimes known as the July Fry as temperatures are notoriously over 95 degrees, taxing both car and driver. The end result was a solid 3rd place SCCA Majors Podium finish on Saturday and 2nd Podium on Sunday.
Richard Franklin, Car 81 – Great to be back in the F1000 at my favorite track. The disappointment of the mechanical DNF at VIR was soon forgotten as we worked thru the a few bugs of the engine install on Friday’s test day. We gradually improved speed over the weekend. A slight engine fire, floor dragging at high speed, a delaminated front wing and an errant countershaft sprocket would not deter our team from successful SCCA Majors competition. Saturday’s race went well and I felt good to be battling my friends in their Formula FE’s and FC’s. I didn’t really have the speed to handle Pete & Shane in their F1000s, but I was driving consistently and didn’t put a wheel wrong. My teammate Tim suggested I stiffened the shocks to suit the Hoosier tires and for Sunday’s Qualifying I was one of the few cars that were just as quick as Saturday. For Sunday’s race, I was keeping pace with the leaders until the tires started going away. It was still a 2nd place finish and felt good putting my Stohr into the Young Racing Trailer in good shape. Many thanks to our Area 81 Racing sponsors Waterfall Security Solutions, The Franklin Insurance Agency, and Briky Coolers. Also, special thanks for my Crew Chief Denis Schembri and Chris Young of Young Racing.
The next race on the Area 81 Racing schedule will be the July 21st-23rd North American F1000 Series / Jersey Devil Majors at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. The full two car Area 81 Racing team will be competing at the event. Stay tuned to www.Area81Racing.com and our FaceBook Page https://www.facebook.com/Area-81-Racing-Team-173745692673454/ for highlights.