April 20-21, 2013 – Area 81 Racing /Waterfall Team goes from Hard Luck to Hard Charger at VIR Oak Tree SCCA Major/USF1000
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.
At less than three hours tow, Carolina Motorsports Park is the closest active road racing track to the Waterfall/Area 81 Racing home base. It also played host to the Buck Muse Memorial Double SARRC this Easter weekend. Tim Pierce and the Car 18 crew made the short drive to Kershaw SC to defend the FB track record, set less than 10 months ago at the Memorial Monster. The team felt right at home while taking Pole Position during Saturday qualifying and 1st in Class during the Saturday race (2nd overall). Sunday was more of the same, with Car 18 qualifying 2nd overall and finishing the race 1st overall and 1st in Class.
Area 81 Racing / Waterfall Team posts solid results at the Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
The Area 81 Racing / Waterfall Security Solutions Team traveled over 2600 miles round trip to compete in the 1st ever SCCA race to take place at the new Formula 1 Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The team entered the BF Goodrich SCCA Majors/USF1000 Event with plenty of excitement and high expectations for the historic weekend. The F1 circuit itself did not disappoint, but the challenges of accomodating 500+ racers for the weekend proved a bit much for the organizers. The team posted solid results in Saturday Race 1 with Richard placing 11th and Tim 14th out of 19 cars in the shortened race. Sunday proved even more challenging for the organizers as a few cars spun and locked together, causing an extended yellow flag period. In the end, Richard placed 7th and Tim 11th officially.
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.