Unlimited Class at Superlap Battle

Unlimited Class is where the shops, race teams, and manufacturers go to see who can set the fastest overall lap time, with very few rules- basically, it has to be a car with a vin number (no track day specials like a radical), and depending on the event you may have to use a DOT approved tire. Way back in 2007 Nob Taniguchi took the HKS EVO out for a 1:43.523, which really kicked off the unlimited class arms race. Sierra Sierra Enterprises built their EVO and Factor X upgraded the NSX with the goal of re-taking the record. SSE finally beat that time in 2010 (1:41.046), only to have it taken away by Factor X the next year. FXMD is the current overall record holder, with a time of 1:37.520 they set last year. Right now I’d say there are very few cars capable of beating that time, and most of them are overseas. Well, that’s enough history for now, here’s what happened this year: Continue reading

SLB x GTA Limited Class Recap

This year SLB had a great turnout in Limited class, with a good mix of new cars and familiar faces, including the return of Professional Awesome to time attack with a newly built EVO after a bad crash last year.

In front wheel drive, Tim Kuo has reigned supreme in the Sportcar Motion Integra, having won SLB and reset the record three years straight. This year William Au-Yeung of PZtuning brought an Acura RSX all the way from Ontario, Canada, and the results came down to less than 2/10 of a second. Both cars beat the existing record of 1:52.886, and Au-Yeung took the win with a time of 1:51.789. I kind of like the LMP style fin:

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Three New Street Class Records at GTA x SLB Finals

Last week’s Super Lap Battle saw plenty of records fall, some of them years old. In street  front wheel drive, Ken Suen improved his previous time of 1:58.9 set at a Redline event in 2013 with a 1:55.602, driving the “hellahellafunctional” Godspeed/Sportcar Motion Big Red Honda Civic:

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photo by Kyle Lewis

Only three other street FWD cars have ever gone sub-2:00 in a time attack event, with Clint Boisdeau holding the previous record of 1:59.0 in his Ford Focus for two years until Ken came along. Continue reading

Unofficial superlap results

Updates/corrections happening as I get them. Times in Bold are new class records:

Unlimited RWD
1 – 1:48.941 – Andrei Hartanto – Hartanto S2000
2 – 1:50.975 – Stephanie Cemo – Corvette ZR1
3 – 1:55.467 – Tom Tang – Irene
4 – 1:58.299 – Jason Sharek – Essa C63
5 – 1:59.602 – Moti Almagor – Blackbird Miata

Unlimited AWD
1 – 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST L
2 – 1:40.417 – Cole Powerson – Lyfe GTR
3 – 1:51.944 – Travis Barnes – Snail Performance Subaru

Unlimited FWD
1 – 1:48.016 – Dai Yoshihara – Spoon Civic
2 – 1:53.404 – Joe De Vivo – Caliber Customs Fiat
3 – 1:59.163 – Jared Reyes – Eibach Civic
4 – 2:00.139 – Liam Downey – Romax Civic
5 – 2:03.156 – Craig Utter – JDM speedshop Civic

Limited RWD
1 – 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Corvette
2 – 1:47.474 – Rob Walker – Evasive FRS
3 – 1:48.817 – Graham Downey – Blacktrax S2000
4 – 1:48.430 – Will W – WWR 240sx
5 – 1:51.651 – Rif Dagher – Plattforme AG M3
6 – 1:53.810 – Danny George – Miata
7 – 1:55.919 – Ryan Passey – Singular Miata
8 – 1:59.456 – John Lazorack – Conquest
9 – 1:59.854 – Tony Jackson – Eibach M3
10 – 2:05.370 – Sean Thompson – Singular Miata

Limited AWD
1 – 1:44.062 – Jeff Westphal – Professional Awesome EVO
2 – 1:47.25x – Emilio Cervantes – Angry Panda EVO
3 – 1:48.582 – Ivo Mitkov – Renner GC
4 – 1:49.022 – Adam Knapic – Massimo Power EVO
5 – 1:49.4xx – John Carson – Carson racing EVO
6 – 1:50.539 – Taylor Wilson – Snail WRX
6 – 1:53.753 – Scottie Burough – Caliber GTR
7 – 1:54.938 – Roy Narvaez – RD Engineering GTR

Limited FWD
1 – 1:51.789 – William Au-Yeung – PZtuning RSX
2 – 1:51.916 – Tim Kuo – SCM ITR
3 – 1:55.241 – Kevin Courtney – Bobby Lane Accord
4 – 1:59.918 – Efrain Flores – Revo Scion Tc

Street AWD
1 – 1:50.206 – Mark Jager – Jager/Yimi STI
2 – 1:57.673 – Istvan Klag – Night Motorsports STI
3 – 1:59.752 – Tony Brown – Renner STi

Street RWD
1 – 1:51.259 – Rif Dagher – Plattform AG Corvette
2 – 1:51.777 – Rob Walker – Evasive S2000
3 – 1:52.900 – Tim Kuo – Mackin FRS
4 – 1:55.253 – Mark Tsai – Rolloface M3
5 – 1:57.166 – Nick Richards – GSR M4
6 – 1:58.179 – Mike Kang – imperious rex S2000
7 – 1:58.261 – Martin Choi – Corner 3 Nissan 370Z
8 – 1:58.556 – Matt Lambrecht – Caliber Customs Mustang
9 – 2:00.497 – Andrew Nier – Mustang
10 – 2:00.586 – Tony Jackson – Eibach M3
11 – 2:08.714 – Micheal Doscher – Hillbank Mustang

Street FWD
1 – 1:55.602 – Ken Suen – SCM/Godspeed Big Red Civic
2 – 1:59.760 – Ping Ping – Evasive/SCM Acura CSX
3 – 2:03.470 – Thomas Smith – H1 Performance Civic
4 – 2:04.599 – Yuta Akashi – Chronicals Civic

Enthusiast AWD
1 – 2:01.194 – Damyan Tuchenishki – Renner STI

Enthusiast RWD
1 – 1:58.235 – Amir Bentatou – Stanceworks M3
2 – 2:06.312 – Marlon Tecson – H1 Performance FRS
3 – 2:06.586 – Karla Pestotnik – S2000

Enthusiast FWD
1 – 2:01.883 – Lewis Liang – J&R Autosports Integra

Superlap predictions

No times this year, just top three in street, mod, and unlimited regardless of drivetrain.

Unlimited:
1. GST
2. Lyfe GTR
3. UMS EVO

Mod:
1. Cody Kishel
2. Professional Awesome
3. Zhong Cheung or John Carson

Street:
1. Mark Jager
2. Craig Peyron
3. Rifster Rif

I think Cody and Mark will set new track records. GST will be fast, but not record breaking (1:40.0?). FXMD will be at another event in January trying to better their record.