History of the Buttonwillow Track Record

The first Super Lap Time Attack event in the US was way back in 2004 at Buttonwillow raceway. I wasn’t there, but if you were to track down an old guy like John Naderi and get him liquored up I’m sure he would tell you all about it.

Since then Buttonwillow has been the benchmark for fast time attack cars in the US. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to time attack if they had picked a different track. Something not in the middle of nowhere, with better facilities and nearby hotels and entertainment (spring mountain?). Would we have something more like WTAC by now or would RTA have imploded earlier and set things farther back. Maybe the cheap track rentals and $40 motel 6 rooms help keep things accessible. It’s not Eastern Creek or Tsukuba, but  Buttonwillow is what we have.

Ok back to that first Superlap in 2004. The Sun Auto Cyber Evo was there with Tarzan driving, and crushed the competition with a time of 1:48.906. The next fastest time was 1:54.2 (also by Tarzan, he was driving a bunch of cars that day).

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1:48.906 – Tarzan Yamada – Cyber Evo – 2004-2007

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Top Times at Buttonwillow CW13

Yeah, I know I have the top 40 already, but that leaves out many of slower categories and class records. So here are the top 5 in each class. Some of them go way back

Unlimited AWD

1 – 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – 11/14/14 SLB
2 – 1:40.417 – Cole Powelson – Lyfe Motorsports GTR – 11/14/14 SLB
3 – 1:41.046 – David Empringham – Sierra Sierra EVO – 11/9/10 SLB
4 – 1:41.309 – Mark Jager – Jager Racing/ Yimisport STI – 11/11/16 SLB
5 – 1:42.594 – Ken Dobson – Professional Awesome EVO – 11/11/16 SLB

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Buttonwillow time attack track records

Unl RWD: 1:37.520* – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – 12/8/13 ETA
Unl AWD: 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – 11/14/14 SLB
Unl FWD: 1:43.365 – Will Au-Yeung – PZ Tuning Civic – 11/11/16 SLB

Ltd RWD: 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – 11/14/14 SLB
Ltd AWD: 1:42.694 – Jeff Westphal – Pro Awesome EVO – 11/12/15 SLB
Ltd FWD: 1:49.834 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic – 11/11/16 SLB

Str RWD: 1:48.802 – Tony Fuentes – Honda S2000 – 11/12/15 SLB
Str AWD: 1:49.864 – Cody Miles – Airlift STI – 11/11/16 SLB
Str FWD: 1:52.122 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic – 11/14/14 SLB

Ent RWD: 1:55.518 – Dom Bautista – Honda S2000 – 11/12/15 – SLB
Ent AWD: 1:56.325 – Craig Peyron – Outlaw STI – 11/14/13 SLB
Ent FWD: 2:01.314 – Pradana Wilianto – Godspeed CSX – 11/14/13 SLB

*some people don’t like that FX did it at an extreme speed time attack event instead of SLB/GTA or RTA. Their next fastest time is 1:40.379 at SLB 2012, which would also be a URWD record.

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

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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

GTA Super Lap Battle results

Went through some more time sheets, think I have everything right:

New records in bold.

Enthusiast FWD
1 – 2:01.314 – Pradana Willianto – Evasive/SCM Acura CSX

Enthusiast RWD
1 – 1:58.338 – Rif Daghter – M3
2 – 1:58.458 – Amir Bentatou – StanceWorks M3
3 – 2:01.680 – PoWei Huang – Bobs Donut M3
4 – 2:01.733 – Chris Reber – Mustang GT

Enthusiast AWD
1 – 1:56.509 – Craig Peyron – Robispec/Yimisport STI
1 – 1:58.228 – Tony Fuentes – Evo X
2 – 2:03.895 – Michael Jantz – STI
3 – 2:19.503 – Michael Cruz – Massimo EVO

Street FWD
1 – 2:01.695 – Chris Boersma – Boersma Racing Civic
2 – 2:03.654 – Jason Lee – SCM/Hankook Civic
3 – 2:06.271 – Ken Suen – Civic si

Street RWD
1 – 1:54.969 – Will Wattanwonkiri – 240SX
2 – 1:58.181 – Ricky Kwan – R’s Tuning M3
3 – 1:59.504 – Mike Kang – CounterSpace Garage Subaru BRZ
4 – 2:00.041 – Ron Chang – R’s Tuning M3
5 – 2:00.461 – Terry Liu? – Platteform AG Z4M
4 – 2:04.794 – Ashton Stander – Hillbank Mustang
5 – 2:04.994 – Andrew Nier – Nier Racing Group Ford Mustang GT
6 – 2:15.587 – Terry Liu – Air Rex Nissan 370Z

Street AWD
1 – 1:53.068 – Brian Bengali – Massimo EVO
2 – 1:53.207 – Mark Jager – Jager/Yimisport STI
3 – 1:55.398 – Breck Haggerty – AQ Motorsports STI
4 – 1:56.734 – John Carson – KTMotoring/Robispec/ETS EVO
5 – 1:56.835 – Spencer Li – R’s Tuning GTR
6 – 1:57.031 – Taylor Wilson – Snail Performance 09 WRX
7 – 2:01.468 – Matt Dennison – RRE/Robispec EVO
8 – 2:01.898 – Istvan Klag – Night Motorsport STI
9 – 2:03.882 – Todd Earsley – My Shop Assist EVO

Limited FWD
1 – 1:52.886 – Dr. Tim Kuo – Sportcar Motion ITR
2 – 1:55.685 – James Houghton – R Division Integra
3 – 1:59.158 – Kevin Courtney – Bobby Lane Accord
4 – 1:59.273 – Tony Jackson – Eibach Civic
5 – 2:00.081 – Doug Wind – Windspeed SRT-4

Limited RWD
1 – 1:48.038 – Tyler McQuarrie – Platteform AG M3
2 – 1:50.152 – Adam Knapik – FRSport 240SX
3 – 1:53.639 – Cody Kishil – Kishel racing M3
4 – 1:54.565 – Ricky Kwan – R’s Tuning S2000
5 – 1:56.274 – Tom Tang – Blacktrax/Tunerplayground S2000
6 – 1:58.820 – Derrick Lee – A&J racing BRZ
7 – 2:03.165 – Kevin Parlett – SOHO Motorports G35
8 – 2:08.784 – Larry Chen – Speedhunters 240Z
9 – 2:09.531 – Dai Yoshihara – Lexus IS
10 – 2:15.971 – Reid Yoken – Whiteline Mustang

Limited AWD
1 – 1:49.102 – Michael Chang – Evasive EVO
2 – 1:50.029 – Clint Boisdeau – Novak Racing GC Impreza
3 – 1:51.791 – Ryan Gates – Gates 311 EVO X
4 – 1:53.079 – JC Meynet – AQ Motorsports STI
5 – 1:53.396 – Zhong Cheung – FFTEC EVO
6 – 1:54.287 – Tim Pu – R’s Tuning GTR
7 – 1:55.242 – Alex Lewandowski – JDM Factory EVO
8 – 1:57.812 – Roy Narvaez – RD Engineering GTR
9 – 1:58.192 – Ivo Mitkov – Renner Motorsports GC Impreza

Unlimted FWD
1 – 2:05.072 – Craig Utter – JDMspeedshop Civic

Unlimited AWD
1 – 1:52.781 – Anthony Szrika – UMS Tuning EVO
2 – 1:58.663 – Texas Dave – Rally Ready EVO
3 – 2:00.492 – Coco Zurita – RRE EVO X

I can’t believe how fast street AWD is going- last year that was unthinkable!