The Tom Nehl National might have been better suited for boat racing after Winter Storm Q paid a visit to the “Peach State.” The team went out for three dry practice sessions on Friday when it started raining buckets and limited both drivers’ testing opportunities. Heavy rain would persist, including over three inches on Saturday, until early Sunday morning. A date with Circuit of the Americas in two weeks contributed to a conservative call by the team to forgo qualifying and start a dry race from the rear of the field on Sunday. The thought of starting from the rear had both drivers looking to quickly advance their positions.
NEWS FLASH – Area 81 Racing Team continues with Corporate Sponsors CITSCORP and Briky and welcomes new Sponsor; The Franklin Insurance Agency for the 2013 SCCA Season
1/30/13 – The Area 81 Racing Team based in Wilmington, NC (www.Area81Racing.com) has re-secured Sponsorship from two Wilmington based companies, CITSCORP and Briky and welcomes an additional corporate partner The Franklin Insurance Agency for the 2013. The firms will be helping the two car open wheel F1000 road racing team compete in a scheduled 16 races including the US Formula 1000 Championship (www.Formula1000.com) and SCCA Major/National & Regional events throughout the 2013 calendar year.
NEWS FLASH Area 81 Racing – Announces 2013 Season Schedule and enters 2-car F1000 team in USF1000 East Series
NEWS FLASH : Area 81 Racing Team based in Wilmington, NC (www.Area81Racing.com) has announced the two-car open wheel F1000 Road Racing team will compete in 16 races along the East Coast of the US. The team will be entering three SCCA race series including US Formula 1000 Championship (www.usf1000.com), SCCA Major & National races and also SEDIV SARRC Regional events throughout the 2013 calendar year. Look for the Area 81 Racing F1000 team at the following.
Area 81 Racing began the 2012 Season as a dedicated, experienced 2 car Formula Car team looking to advance to the higher speed F1000 Class in SCCA Road Racing. It took considerable amount of hard work & support, but Team Principals Richard Franklin & Tim Pierce realized their dreams and aspirations at some of the most challenging Road Racing circuits in Eastern USA & Canada.
The Area 81 Racing/Waterfall team made the trek to Road Atlanta in search of one last thrill to end the 2012 season. The historic America Road Race of Champions attracts some of the best open wheel racing competitors in the US. The Northern Atlanta region delivered beautiful sunny skies and comfortable afternoon temperatures in the mid-70s. Tim finished 4th and Richard finished 5th in F1000 Class in a battle in which the podium positions were not determined until the very end of the race.
It was a tale of two races for car 18 to start the 2013 season at Virginia International Raceway. Still recovering from the horror story that was a blown engine at Roebling two weekends prior, Tim was determined to expel the demons and find redemption in his Firman RFR-1000. Both drivers posted career best lap times on the way to a 2nd place finish for Tim and a 4th place finish for Richard. A slick track during the Saturday qualifying session left the duo struggling to apply 185 horsepower and keep their cars under control. The changes needed for the race were obvious: more down force. Sunday’s race offered the same cool, sunny conditions that are synonymous with the Goblins Go. Tim and Richard qualified 3rd and 4th respectively, but had the advantage of inside positions on the starting grid. Once the green flag was waived, the grid was three cars wide going into the kink on the front straight. Tim made a move to the right to pass the car in front and Richard was already there; barely avoiding contact by taking two wheels off track. Tim took the inside line into Turn 1 to gain a position and the class results would hold for the remainder of the race.
Oct 7, 2012 – Race Recap – SARRC Invitational Challenge – Area 81 Racing / Waterfall Team battles adversity and wins the SIC Invitational. Team finishes 2nd and 4th in 2012 SARRC Points Championship
Area 81 Racing proved they are a double threat for the F1000 SARRC Championship as the team triumphed in many ways at the Roebling Road SARRC Invitational Challenge. The SIC Invitational Race brings the top points finishers for the SARRC Regional Championship for a no-holds-barred double points season finale. Unfortunately, the weekend started with the # 18 car experienced engine trouble on the Friday test day. The challenge of an engine replacement at the track looked daunting, but soon the team banded together and worked throughout the entire weekend to change Tim’s powerplant. Meanwhile, settled into his Stohr F1000 after a season of racing, Richard returned to his favorite track and set the car on the Pole Position a full 3 seconds quicker than earlier this year. On race day, cheers were heard all around the Area 81 paddock as Tim’s new motor fired just an hour or so before the race. The field of 19 Formula cars took the Green flag in the late afternoon heat. Despite slippery track conditions, Richard ran consistent laps to score the SIC win and achieve 2nd place in the SARRC Season Championship. Meanwhile, Tim overcame many obstacles to finished 4th in the race and 4th in the SARRC Season Championship.
Aug 18-19, 2012 – Waterfall / Area 81 Racing # 81 banks maximum Championship Points on the high banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway
Area 81 Racing’s Richard Franklin secured maximum SARRC Championship points at the Daylight into Dark Double SARRC race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Over the weekend he recorded two 1st place SARRC wins on the combined oval/road course of the famed high banked NASCAR track. The event was not without drama however as a battery problem nearly cost Richard the Saturday win. Rain drenched the track Sunday morning, but later the sun appeared and all 16 laps took place under dry conditions. The wins set up an interesting 3 way battle for the F1000 (FB) SARRC Championship which will be determined at the SARRC Invitational Challenge – Roebling Rd, Savannah, GA on Oct 6-7th, 2012.
The weather wasn’t the only thing that sizzled at the Road Atlanta Double SARRC on July 14th & 15th. Area 81 Racing/Waterfall earned podiums in each race with a 1st, 2nd, and two 3rd place finishes in their first appearance in “Hotlanta.” Tim Pierce earned his 4th win of the season in Race 1 on Saturday with the #18 car while Richard Franklin placed 3rd in the #81 car with only the morning qualifying session to learn the track. Tim also drove to a 2nd place finish during Race 2 on Sunday after a fierce battle with his surging teammate which resulted in several spectacular passes between the two. Richard rounded out the podium with his second 3rd place finish.
June 9th-10th, 2012 – Waterfall / Area 81 Racing Team earns valuable Championship Points and Podiums at F1000 GP of New Jersey
Waterfall Security Solutions teammates Tim Pierce and Richard Franklin tackled the twisting New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Raceway for Rounds 3 & 4 of the F1000 Championship Series. In extremely hot conditions, with temps in the high 90’s, and under bright sunny skies, the team earned solid Championship points in each round which will improve their standing in the overall F1000 Championship. Tim earned a solid 7th place finish in Race 1 & improved to a 6th place in Race 2. Richard battled to a 6th place in Race 1 then earned a trip to podium in Race 2 after placing 2nd in a fierce battle to the finish line. Richard also won the Rilltech Hard Charger Award by gaining the most positions during Sundays race.