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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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

Buttonwillow CW13 Time Attack Track Records

Overall:
1:37.520 – Billy Johnson – Factor X Motorsports Development NSX

Street
AWD – 1:50.206 – Mark Jager – Jager Racing / Yimisport 06 STI – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:51.259 – Rif Dagher – Plattform A.G. C7 Corvette – 11/14/14
FWD – 1:55.602 – Ken Suen – Godspeed/SCM Civic – 11/14/14

Modified/Limited
AWD – 1:44.062 – Jeff Westphal – Professional Awesome EVO – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – 11/14/14
FWD – 1:51.789 – William Au-Yeung – PZtuning Acura RSX – 11/14/14

Unlimited
AWD – 1:38.976 – Jeff Westphal – GST Motorsports Impreza – 11/14/14
RWD – 1:37.520 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – 12/8/13
FWD – 1:46.736 – Chris Rado – World Racing Scion – 3/28/10

Buttonwillow CW13 top 50 times

A few people asked for more times, so I added some.

Updated 11/26/16

01 – 1:37.520* – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – U RWD – ETA 2013
02 – 1:38.967 – Jeff Westphal – GST Motorsports Impreza – U AWD – SLB 2014
03 – 1:40.417 – Cole Powelson – Lyfe Motorsports GTR – U AWD – SLB 2014
04 – 1:41.046 – David Empringham – SSE EVO – U AWD – SLB 2010
05 – 1:41.309 – Mark Jager – Lost art/Yimi/Jager STI – U AWD – SLB 2016
06 – 1:41.612 – Steven Aghakhani – Steven racing Lambo – pro/comp – SLB 2016
07 – 1:41.925 – Cody Kishel – Corvette – U RWD – SLB 2015
08 – 1:42.594 – Ken Dobson – Professional Awesome EVO – L AWD – SLB 2016
09 – 1:43.365 – William Au-Young – Vibrant/PZ tuning RSX – U FWD – SLB 2016
10 – 1:43.523 – Nob Taniguchi – HKS EVO – U AWD – SLB 2007
11 – 1:43.559 – James Haughton – K-Tuned – U FWD – SLB 2016
12 – 1:44.372 – Tarzan Yamada – Cusco STI – U AWD – SLB 2008
13 – 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – L RWD – SLB 2014
14 – 1:44.788 – Anthony Szrika – UMS Tuning – U AWD – SLB 2016
15 – 1:45.541 – Graham Downey – Blacktrax S2000 – U RWD – SLB 2015
16 – 1:45.552 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford Performance STI – U AWD – SLB 2009
17 – 1:45.585 – Dai Yoshihara – Spoon Sports Civic – U FWD – SLB 2015
18 – 1:45.973 – Cameron Rogers – Donate Life RX7 – U RWD – SLB 2016
19 – 1:46.119 – Mark Jager – Lost art/Yimi/Jager STI – L AWD – RTA 2016
20 – 1:46.370 – John Carson – JD Motoring EVO – L AWD – SLB 2015
21 – 1:46.736 – Chris Rado – World Racing Tc – U FWD – RTA 2010
22 – 1:46.829 – Paul Gerrard – AMS Performance EVO X – U AWD – SLB 2009
23 – 1:46.868 – Paul Brown – JIC Magic GT2 – U RWD – SLB 2008
24 – 1:46.893 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U RWD – SLB 2008
25 – 1:47.295 – Mike Chang – Evasive GTR – U AWD – SLB 2016
26 – 1:47.425 – Emilio Cervantes – Angry Panda Racing EVO 9 – L AWD – SLB 2014
27 – 1:47.472 – Rob Walker – Evasive FRS – L RWD – SLB 2015
28 – 1:47.758 – Ivo Mitkov – Renner Motorsports RS – L AWD – SLB 2015
29 – 1:47.791 – David Haagsma – SP Engineering GTR – L AWD – SLB 2016
30 – 1:47.987 – Tim Kuo – Evasive EVO 9 – U AWD – RTA 2010
31 – 1:48.038 – Tyler McQuarrie – Platte Forme AG M3 – L RWD – SLB 2013
32 – 1:48.072 – Kip Olson – Driving Ambition NSX – U RWD – SLB 2009
33 – 1:48.430 – Will Wattanwonkiri – WWR Racing 240SX – L RWD – SLB 2014
34 – 1:48.464 – Tony Fuentes – Honda S2000 – L RWD – RTA 2015
35 – 1:48.471 – Billy Johnson – M-Workz 350Z – U RWD – SLB 2008
36 – 1:48.550 – JC Meynet – AQ Motorsports STI – L AWD – SLB 2010
37 – 1:48.597 – Jack Mardikian – Twins Turbo RX-7 – U RWD – SLB 2007
38 – 1:48.766 – Tyler McQuarrie – JIC Magic 240SX – U RWD – RTA 2007
39 – 1:48.772 – Paul Gerrard – AMS Performance EVO 8 – U AWD – SLB 2007
40 – 1:48.802 – Tony Fuentes – Honda S2000 – S RWD – SLB 2015
41 – 1:48.817 – Graham Downey – Blacktrax S2000 – L RWD – SLB 2014
42 – 1:48.897 – Brian Lock – COBB Tuning GTR – L AWD – RTA 2010
43 – 1:48.906 – Tarzan Yamada – Sun Auto Cyber EVO – U AWD – SLB 2004
44 – 1:48.941 – Andrie Hartanto – Hartanto Racing S2000 – U RWD – SLB 2014
45 – 1:49.019 – James Sofronas – GMG Racing GT3 – U RWD – SLB 2006
46 – 1:49.102 – Michael Chang – Evasive EVO – L AWD – SLB 2013
47 – 1:49.115 – Ernesto Roco – Hoosier Tire Mustang – U RWD – RTA 2009
48 – 1:49.210 – Tarzan Yamada – XS Engineering GTR – U AWD – SLB 2006
49 – 1:49.287 – Adam Knapik – Massimo Power EVO – L AWD – SLB 2014
50 – 1:49.366 – Brian Lock – GOTO: Racing GTR – U AWD – SLB 2009

*some people don’t like that FXMD set their record at an extreme speed time attack event instead of SLB, GTA or RTA. Their next fastest time is 1:40.379 at SLB 2012.

Willow Springs top 40 time attack cars

Updated 11/2016, class records in bold.

01 – 1:18.555 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – U-RWD – RTA 2009
02 – 1:18.742 – Mark Jager – Jager Racing STI – U-AWD – RTA 2016
03 – 1:19.317 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – U-AWD – GTA 2011
04 – 1:20.210 – Cole Powelson – Lyfe Motorsports GTR – U-AWD – GTA 2014
05 – 1:20.454 – Jonathan Bomarito – SSE EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2009
06 – 1:20.838 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U-RWD – RTA 2009
07 – 1:22.097 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford STI – U-AWD – RTA 2009
08 – 1:22.312 – Chris Rado – World Racing Scion – U-FWD – GTA 2011
09 – 1:22.591 – Russ Warr – LIC Motorsports STi – U-AWD – Subiefest 2009
10 – 1:22.647 – Cody Kishel – Z06 Corvette – M-RWD – GTA 2014
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Buttonwillow CW13 track records

Here are the updated Buttonwillow Track records after Superlap/GTA Final 2012. New records in bold

Unlimited
AWD: 1:41.046 – David Empringham – SSE EVO
RWD: 1:40.379 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX
FWD: 1:46.736 – Christian Rado – World Racing FWING Scion 1

Modified
AWD: 1:48.550 – JC Meynet – OMG/AQ STI
RWD: 1:50.755 – Tarzan Yamada – Plattforme M3
FWD: 1:54.222 – Tim Kuo – Sportcar Motion Type-R

Street
AWD: 1:54.725 – Alex Peng – Massimo EVO
RWD: 1:53.990 – Rob Walker – Evasive S2000
FWD: 1:59.086 – Clint Boisdeau – Apollo Performance Focus

And the top ten times ever:

1. 1:40.379 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX
2. 1:41.046 – David Empringham – Sierra Sierra EVO
3. 1:43.523 – Nobuteru Taniguchi – HKS EVO
4. 1:44.372 – Tarzan Yamada – Cusco/Tomei STI
5. 1:44.586 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza
6. 1:45.552 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford STI
7. 1:46.736 – Chris Rado – World FWD Scion 1.0
8. 1:46.829 – Paul Gerrard – AMS EVOX
9. 1:46.893 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000
10. 1:47.354 – Chris Rado – World FWD Scion 2.0

Willow Springs top 20 update

This weekend was the first Global Time Attack event, and my time attack records list has a couple of new updates:

New additions are in bold. The GST Impreza cranked out a 1.19 and Mike Warfield says the car is only running at a portion of it’s full potential due to the drastic changes made this year. They were only able to run two hotlaps the entire weekend and will surely go much faster once the crankcase scavenging, aero, and suspension are sorted out. Plus the car was running on a low boost setting all weekend. Chris Rado improved on his time in the FWD Scion by a few tenths and also ran a few laps in the AWD car during a NASA session. JC Meynet set a new record for Modified/Limited class, beating the time set by the Cobb GTR last year at Redline Time attack. Dr. Russ Warr also improved on the previous fast time set by James Elterman in the LIC Motorsports car.

1 – 1:18.555 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – U-RWD – RTA 2009
2 – 1:19.317 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – U-AWD – GTA 2011
3 – 1:20.454 – Jonathan Bomarito – SSE EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2009
4 – 1:20.838 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U-RWD – RTA 2009
5 – 1:21.91 – Christian Rado – World Racing Scion tC – U-FWD – NASA TT 2/7/10
6 – 1:22.097 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford STI – U-AWD – RTA 2009
7 – 1:22.591 – Russ Warr – LIC Motorsports STi – U-AWD – Subiefest 2009
8 – 1:22.744 – Joey Scarillo – Group A GTO – U-RWD – CB 2011
9 – 1:23.146 – JC Meynet – AQ Motorsports STI – M-AWD – GTA 2011
10 – 1:23.300 – Tim Kuo – Evasive EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2009
11 – 1:23.488 – Brian Lock – Cobb GTR – M-AWD – RTA 2010
12 – 1:23.527 – Gary Sheehan – Fontana 350Z – U-RWD – CB 2011
13 – 1:24.062 – Lou Gigliotti – LG WC Corvette – U-RWD – CB 2011
14 – 1:24.533 – Paul Brown – K&N G35 – U-RWD – RTA 2011
15 – 1:25.277 – Christian Miller – 034 Audi – M-AWD – RTA 2010
16 – 1:25.336 – Trent Choi – Touge Factory EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2010
17 – 1:25.423 – Russ Warr – LIC Motorsports STI – M-AWD – GTA 2011
18 – 1:25.779 – Cort Wagner – Fontana GTR – U-AWD – CB 2011
19 – 1:26.506 – Ryan Gates – Gates 311 EVOX – M-AWD – RTA 2010
20 – 1:26.815 – Thomas Smith – Zenkai/Crawford STI – ?-AWD – Subiefest 2010