I started the weekend by taking the scenic route to the closest track to home, Road Atlanta. On our way we drove up to see Dave Alison of US 129 Photos.com and Greg McCoy, owner of The Hub and Sportbikes4hire.com. Both of these guys have been long time sponsors of my race program and I really enjoyed getting to chat with both of them. Once we got to the track, we met my Grandaddy and cousin from Indiana that came down to watch me race. We got our pit ready for the next day’s activities, two practices and two practices.
Even though it rained Friday night, we arrived to a dry track Saturday morning. My first round of practice went well, I got reacquainted to the track quickly and was close to my race pace. There were many red flags in other practice groups, which pushed my second practice session after lunch. Second practice session was even closer to my race pace lap times and I was feeling confident going into my first race, which was 13B.
Just like the practice sessions, there were many red flags before my race. I’d like to mention one of these red flags was the result of a terrible, single bike crash, in turn five where fellow racer, Andy White lost his life. RIP Andy White. We did not get this news until after my ESS race was complete.
My ESS race started with me on pole but found myself in second place into turn one. The whole race I was tucked behind first place. I attempted to make passes but could never quite get around him. I did improve my personal best lap time by three seconds. This helped me bring home a second place finish, I missed out on first place by only 1.015 seconds. Due to the delays, the race was shortened to four laps. I really feel that if I had the extra two laps to study the leader, I would have been able to find a way around him.
Following my ESS race, there was a riders meeting saying that my race had been the last one of the day. I was given the option to race Sunday or to cash my race in for credits. Being the racer I am, I chose option number one. Unfortunately, this meant that we had to do laundry in a hotel sink since we only packed for one day.
It rained again Saturday night but once again, luckily it had dried up by my one and only practice. My practice session was very comfortable and felt great. After an extended lunch, it was race time. This was my DSS race that was combined with lightweight superbike. I was on pole but once the green dropped, the yellow plate LWTSB passed me by turn one. I held my line and passed them on the outside of turn one. They motored by me up the hill where I was not able to get back around them in the chicane. This caused me to lose the DSS lead group but I was able to finish in fourth place.
All and all it was a good weekend, I improved my best lap times and found a faster way around the track. I’m looking forward to the next race weekend at Barber. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy church camp at Myrtle Beach. I will also be doing some extra work to help with my race fund. Thank you for taking the time to read my race report. Attached below you will find a link to the video of my fastest lap around the track, please check it out.
February 25, 2014
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!