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.
May 27, 2012 – Area 81 Racing’s Tim Pierce Wins, Takes 1st Overall and sets Track Record at the CMP Memorial Monster SCCA Regional Race.
Having just returned from the Hooters F1000 Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), Area 81 RacingWaterfall Security Solutions car #18 took to local flavor in the Memorial Monster SCCA Regional at Carolina Motorsports Park on Sunday. After qualifying on the outside pole, Tim Pierce pushed the Firman to a 1st place finish in Class, 1st overall and took home the CMP track record in FB Class. It was an unscheduled event for the #18 team, but necessary to earn an invitation to the SARRC Invitational Championship race in October.
As a young F1000 team, the Area 81 Racing / Waterfall Security Team made a respectable showing for Rounds 1 & 2 of the SCCA Pro Racing F1000 Championship Series in front of thousands of spectators at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport). The event was part of the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend, which is the Canadian Independence Day. The NASCAR Canadian Tire series, Trans Am and Porsche Cup also put on a show for attendees. Fireworks, live bands, great food, and corporate promotions were abundant during the event and the weather was unseasonably warm for the great White North. The enthusiasm and appreciation the Canadian fans had for Open Wheel racing was evident during each session.
April 28-29, 2012 – Area 81 Racing’s Richard Franklin Wins Jim Stark Memorial Race at Roebling Rd. Places 2nd in thrilling Race 2
SARRC Race Recap : Waterfall / Area 81 Racing driver Richard Franklin won his 4th ever SCCA race at Savannah, GA’s Roebling Road Raceway. After qualifying 2nd, he overtook a fellow Stohr F1000 driver in turn 1 and cruised to victory under very hot conditions, with temps in the upper 90’s. Richard qualified 1st on…
April 22nd-23rd, 2012 – Waterfall / Area 81 Racing Team Earns Podium Finishes at SCCA Oak Tree National
Waterfall / Area 81 Racing drivers Tim Pierce and Richard Franklin each earned a trip to the podium at the 2012 SCCA Oak Tree Double National Race at Virginia International Raceway. Both drivers were ready for an exciting weekend against a large 40 car field of formula and sports racer drivers, including a former F1000 National Champion. Tim drove a heady race on Saturday Race 1 to finish 3rd under warm & sunny conditions. On Sunday Race 2, Richard claimed his first SCCA National Podium as heavy rain fell for much of the day.
Tim Pierce – “We installed a new WRD limited slip differential on Thursday night, so both qualifying sessions on Friday were spent learning the new handling characteristics. My qualifying times were not what I expected, mainly because I was still getting used to the car and competitors went off on seemingly every turn. However, it paid dividends during on Saturday Race 1, because I could put the power down in places that I had not been able before. On lap 1 I passed several cars, including my teammate Richard on the back straight while he was passing another competitor. At one point we were 3 wide, but I had a good run and went through without incident. The remainder of the race provided me with good experience dealing with traffic.