Waterfall/Area 81 Racing teammates Tim Pierce & Richard Franklin braved the heat of fierce competition to finished 4th and 6th respectively at NJMP. With a number of Waterfall Security Solution guests in attendance, the team once again put on a thrilling show of talent and perseverance. Their performance was somewhat similar on Sunday’s Race 2 as the team battled sunny 98 degree weather for much of the weekend.
5/23/13 – Area 81 Racing Team based in Wilmington, NC (www.Area81Racing.com) is announcing continued Primary Partnership with Waterfall Security Solutions through the 2013 season. The unidirectional gateway cyber security vendor will be helping the two car open wheel F1000 road racing team compete 16+ SCCA races including the US Formula 1000 Championship (www.USF1000.com) and SCCA Major, National & Regional events throughout the 2013 calendar year.
The Waterfall/Area 81 Racing team visited Road Atlanta for the F1000 Festival/USF1000 SCCA Double National. Rounds 5 & 6 of the USF1000 Eastern Championship featured an exclusive 12 car field of F1000s on Saturday and mixed class Race 2 on Sunday. Tim Pierce piloted Car 18 to 7th place on Saturday after qualifying 9th. He earned 5th place on Sunday after qualifying 8th. Richard Franklin placed 9th on Saturday, earning him the $ 150.00 Sunoco Hard Charger Award. He finished 9th in the rain-drenched Sunday race after impacting the wall. Both Area 81 Racing drivers overcame many obstacles during the dramatic weekend.
After a less than stellar showing due to cooling problems at the VIR Oak Tree Double National two weekends before, Waterfall/Area 81 Racing's Tim Pierce made a surprise appearance with intentions of setting the record straight. Teaming up with Victor Seaber of Viper for support, the record was set straight and shattered. Car 18 was the buzz of both races due to exciting battles that resulted in two 2nd Place finishes. Although he set multiple personal lap records throughout the weekend, the Sunday lap times exceeded his previous best by two seconds.
Spring is always a special time at Area 81 Racing's home track VIRginia International Raceway. The air is crisp & cool and the VIR facility is a beautiful display of springtime color. It is easy to understand that VIR is referred to as "America's Favorite Motorsport Resort ". Qualifying took place early Friday AM and Richard quickly turned his fastest lap ever. Unfortunately, Tim discovered a cooling issue which would challenge him for the rest of the weekend. During the remaining Qualifying sessions, Car 81 helped monitor the coolant leaking from Car 18, while Tim kept an eye on his gauges. Saturday Race 1 resulted in Richard improving position to 5th place after a spirited drive, while Car 18 team diligently changed a head gasket. The whole Area 81 Racing team worked thru Saturday to insure Tim got back out on track for Sunday's race. Visiting Sponsor - Frank Slightom of ElecMech/Briky Coolers was shown how Area 81 Racing can bounce back from adversity and finish strong in a field of 13 F1000 cars. For Sunday's Race 2, both drivers improved from their positions to finish Richard 5th & Tim 7th, earning the team the Sunoco / USF1000 $ 150.00 Hard Charger award.