Waterfall/Area 81 Racing withstood severe weather at the SARRC/MARRS Challenge at VIR during the weekend to dominate the SARRC MARRS Challenge podium. Tim logged his third race win of the season on Saturday and also a 2nd place finish on Sunday. Richard would finish 3rd both days.
A dry qualifying session on Saturday morning gave way to lightning, heavy winds, and rain, as well as marble size hail in the afternoon. Tim qualified 1st in class and 4th overall but developed a steering vibration issue during the rain soaked race. It forced him to nurse Car 18 until the circuit became littered with cars and the race was finished under a full course caution. He would take his third race win of the season. Richard, who qualified 3rd in class, had moved into 2nd place before Car 81 was struck during an ill-advised pass attempt by another F1000 competitor. The incident sent both cars into the wet grass between turns 3 and 4. Faced with only minor damage, he would end up finishing 3rd. Hot, dry Sunday weather produced a much less dramatic race as the team took 2nd and 3rd steps on the podium.
Tim Pierce, Car 18 – “I was able to build a lead early during the Saturday race before the steering issue forced me to let up. There were so many cars off track by that time and no one could pass after the full course caution came out. The car was fantastic during the shortened race on Sunday. I was able to gain on the leader at the end, but couldn’t get close enough to make a move in only 8 laps.”
Richard Franklin, Car 81 – “I really had high hopes for the weekend, but they were dashed by a competitor T-boning my car in the turn 3 left hander in Sunday’s rain-soaked race. Thankfully, the damage was not severe. I still had clutch and battery issues to deal with throughout the weekend. Tim loaned me his spare rectifier and that component swap took care of the loss of voltage at the end of each session. All clutch components have been replaced with new and I’m still getting air in the hydraulic lines, so a design re-think is necessary there. On Saturday, the car performed well and top speed was decent, but I could not turn that into anything more than a distant 3rd.”
The team continues their SCCA Regional schedule with the Memorial Monster at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC on May 24-25th. Stay tuned to www.Area81Racing.com and Facebook –> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Area-81-Racing-Team/173745692673454 for updates.