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Area 81 Racing Driver Bios

Richard Franklin – F1000 Car #81

Richard Franklin Richard became interested in motorsports at an early age when his father took him to a modified dirt oval race. After watching the professionals in NASCAR, INDYCAR and FORMULA 1 from the sidelines, Richard joined the Sports Car Club of America in 2003.He quickly developed keen driving skills and 2005, 2006 and 2007 Cape Fear Chapter Solo Series Championships were a result. After obtaining a SCCA Road Racing license in February 2008, Richard has excelled in competition in SCCA Club Racing, Hill Climbs, Time Trials and Solo events.

Southern Driver Interview

Richard Franklin - Career Highlights

2013 Highlights

2nd place in Southeast Division SCCA National Points (out of 11 cars)
4th place in SCCA Major Eastern Conference Points (out of 22 cars)
5th place in USF1000 – East (out of 23 cars)includes 2 – Sunoco Hard Charger Awards.
7th in National USF1000 Standings (out of 38 cars) includes 2 – Sunoco Hard Charger Awards.

Richard’s results earned him an invitation to the prestigious 50th Anniversary
SCCA Runoffs at Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI where he finished 15th out of 23 cars.

SCCA Road Racing South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC)

2013 SARRC Championship – 7th Place
2012 SARRC Championship – 2nd Place
2012 SARRC Invitational Challenge – 1st Place
2010 SARRC – FC Class – 4th Place (Tied)
2009 SARRC – FC Class – 2nd Place
2008 NC Region SCCA Club Racing Rookie of the Year

NCRSCCA Cape Fear Autocross Championship Series

2007 B Street Prepared Solo Champion
2006 A Stock Solo Champion
2005 A Stock Solo Champion
2005 NC Region SCCA Member of the Year Award

Tim Pierce – F1000 Car #18

Tim Pierce Speed has always been a passion for Tim. That passion began in his father’s garage helping to restore early model Corvettes and Camaros. It was very evident whether he was driving dirt bikes on the farm, jet skis on the lake, or a number of sports cars and motorcycles. Looking for a safe, legal option, Tim joined the SCCA in 2004 with an eye on Autocross.He earned two Cape Fear Chapter Solo Series Championships in 2005 and 2006 while planting the seeds to a now budding road racing obsession. Since earning a competition license in February 2008, he has quickly developed into a formidable competitor in SCCA Road Racing.

Southern Driver Interview

Tim Pierce - Career Highlights

2014 Highlights

2014 SARRC Champion – FB
North Carolina Region Driver of the Year
Earned podiums in 7 races, including 5 race wins
Finished 2nd at the SARRC Invitational Challenge
Earned top 10 finishes in the F1000 Championship Series events and two 4th place finishes in Majors events at NJMP

SCCA Road Racing South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC)

2014 SARRC Championship – 1st Place
2013 SARRC Championship – 2nd Place
2012 SARRC Championship – 4th Place
2011 SARRC – F1000 Class – 2nd Place
2010 SARRC – FC Class – 4th Place (Tied)
2009 SARRC – FC Class – 5th Place

NCRSCCA Cape Fear Autocross Championship Series

2006 A Stock Solo Champion
2005 A Stock Solo Champion

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