It was a weekend of firsts for the F1000 drivers, the majority of whom had never driven the Mosport circuit. The Hooters F1000 Grand Prix at Mosport marked the inaugural race of F1000 Championship Series and the first professional race for many of the competitors. It was also the first major spectator event for the F1000 class. If the racing action was not thrilling enough for race fans, the weekend produced a few dramatic moments. Three cars crashed and came in on the hook. Three engines were blown, in which oil ignited. Corner workers quickly extinguished the flames and cleared the accidents. No one was injured.
The F1000 field consisted of at least four SCCA National Champions and even more SCCA Divisional Champions.
Richard Franklin who finished 9th and 7th for the weekend, was very happy with the accomplishments of our young F1000 team. ” Tim & I used the Friday test day to learn the Mosport track. Personally, it was not only humbling, but a great thrill to race on a former Formula 1 track where historic drivers such as: Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, James Hunt and Dan Gurney won races. The elevations were a big surprise because the videos I watched never showed how extreme the hills & valleys of the circuit. Qualifying on Saturday went well and during Race 1 I managed to pass a few cars. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the ignition switch in turn 1 and lost a few places to finish 9th. Sunday’s Race 2 took place right after qualifying. At the start, a car in front stalled and I made my way by him and up to the rear wing of Tim’s Firman. We battled nose-to-tail lap after lap until a caution came out. On the restart, I followed Tim thru turn 1 and again I was directly on his tail. In the turn 2-3 complex, I showed him my nose, but could not get completely alongside. Tim drove a great race and held off my last lap, last turn surge. We finished nearly side-by-side with my front tire equal to his rear tire. I was pleased to learn I went faster than my qualifying pace by over 2 seconds. On the cool-down lap, both Waterfall teammates pulled alongside in formation and Tim & I waved to the thousands of Canadian spectators. They showed their appreciation for our fierce battle by cheering and waving back. “
Tim Pierce, who finished 10th and 6th, beamed with excitement. “What a fantastic track! It is widely regarded as one of the top three most technical courses in North America. The high speed off-camber turns and elevation changes really test a driver’s faith. It took a little longer than expected to learn the track, as all four test sessions on Friday were plagued by red flags. I could not get into a rhythm because as soon as I got the tires up to temperature, there would be an accident and the officials would bring us into the pits. By the time the course went green, the tires were cold. We’d go back out for a lap or two to get the tires up to temp and then get the checker. The shortened practice sessions also limited the amount of setup testing that could be done. I fought the car the duration of the Saturday race because it would not go where I wanted. We did not get a comfortable setup until Sunday. What a difference it made because I shaved over two seconds off my lap times and finished much higher in the field. The full course caution made things interesting because it allowed the field to bunch up again. Richard and I were close after the restart. He was filling up my mirrors, but I did not make any mistakes and was able to come out ahead. He had a lower gear coming onto the front straight and made it a very interesting finish. He and I have come up through the SCCA Club Racing ranks as teammates and competitors, so we’re used to battling it out.”
The Area 81 Racing / Waterfall Security team will be competing the entire F1000 Championship season. The next event is the F1000 Grand Prix of New Jersey on June 8-10th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.
A more info is available on www.Area81Racing.com and the team’s Face Book page –> http://www.facebook.com/pages/Area-81-Racing-Team/173745692673454
The complete F1000 Championship Series will be professionally produced in streaming video on www.SpeedCastTV.com. Check the site a few weeks after each event.