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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Buttonwillow CW13 Time Attack Records

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 sub-50 club

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 Powerson – Lyfe Motorsports GTR – U AWD – SLB 2014
04 – 1:41.046 – David Empringham – SSE EVO – U AWD – SLB 2010
05 – 1:43.523 – Nob Taniguchi – HKS EVO – U AWD – SLB 2007
06 – 1:44.062 – Jeff Westphal – Professional Awesome EVO – L AWD – SLB 2014
07 – 1:44.372 – Tarzan Yamada – Cusco STI – U AWD – SLB 2008
08 – 1:44.456 – Cody Kishel – Excelsior Corvette – L RWD – SLB 2014
09 – 1:45.552 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford Performance STI – U AWD – SLB 2009
10 – 1:46.736 – Chris Rado – World Racing Tc – U FWD – RTA 2010
11 – 1:46.829 – Paul Gerrard – AMS Performance EVO X – U AWD – SLB 2009
12 – 1:46.868 – Paul Brown – JIC Magic GT2 – U RWD – SLB 2008
13 – 1:46.893 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U RWD – SLB 2008
14 – 1:47.425 – Emilio Cervantes – Angry Panda Racing EVO 9 – L AWD – SLB 2014
15 – 1:47.474 – Rob Walker – Evasive FRS – L RWD – SLB 2014
16 – 1:47.987 – Tim Kuo – Evasive EVO 9 – U AWD – RTA 2010
17 – 1:48.016 – Dai Yoshihara – Spoon Civic – U FWD – SLB 2014
18 – 1:48.038 – Tyler McQuarrie – Platte Forme AG M3 – L RWD – SLB 2013
19 – 1:48.072 – Kip Olson – Driving Ambition NSX – U RWD – SLB 2009
20 – 1:48.430 – Will Wattanwonkiri – WWR Racing 240SX – L RWD – SLB 2014
21 – 1:48.471 – Billy Johnson – M-Workz 350Z – U RWD – SLB 2008
22 – 1:48.550 – JC Meynet – AQ Motorsports STI – L AWD – SLB 2010
23 – 1:48.582 – Ivo Mitkov – Renner GC Impreza – L AWD – SLB 2014
24 – 1:48.597 – Jack Mardikian – Twins Turbo RX-7 – U RWD – SLB 2007
25 – 1:48.766 – Tyler McQuarrie – JIC Magic 240SX – U RWD – RTA 2007
26 – 1:48.772 – Paul Gerrard – AMS Performance EVO 8 – U AWD – SLB 2007
27 – 1:48.817 – Graham Downey – Blacktrax S2000 – L RWD – SLB 2014
28 – 1:48.897 – Brian Lock – COBB Tuning GTR – L AWD – RTA 2010
29 – 1:48.906 – Tarzan Yamada – Sun Auto Cyber EVO – U AWD – SLB 2004
30 – 1:48.941 – Andrie Hartanto – Hartanto Racing S2000 – U RWD – SLB 2014
31 – 1:49.019 – James Sofronas – GMG Racing GT3 – U RWD – SLB 2006
32 – 1:49.102 – Michael Chang – Evasive EVO – L AWD – SLB 2013
33 – 1:49.115 – Ernesto Roco – Hoosier Tire Mustang – U RWD – RTA 2009
34 – 1:49.210 – Tarzan Yamada – XS Engineering R32 – U AWD – SLB 2006
35 – 1:49.287 – Adam Knapik – Massimo Power EVO – L AWD – SLB 2014
36 – 1:49.476 – John Carson – Carson Racing EVO – L AWD – SLB 2014
37 – 1:49.591 – Anthony Szrika – UMS Tuning EVO 8 – U AWD – GTA 2014
38 – 1:49.804 – David Kern – racekern EVO – U AWD – SLB 2012
39 – 1:49.805 – Ryan Gates – Gates311.com / AMS EVO X – L AWD – SLB 2009
40 – 1:49.875 – Christian Miller – 034 Motorsports A4 – L AWD – SLB 2010

Willow Springs top 40 time attack cars

Updated 10/2014

01 – 1:18.555 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – U-RWD – RTA 2009
02 – 1:19.317 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – U-AWD – GTA 2011
03 – 1:20.454 – Jonathan Bomarito – SSE EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2009
04 – 1:20.838 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U-RWD – RTA 2009
05 – 1:22.097 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford STI – U-AWD – RTA 2009
06 – 1:22.312 – Chris Rado – World Racing Scion – U-FWD – GTA 2011
07 – 1:22.591 – Russ Warr – LIC Motorsports STi – U-AWD – Subiefest 2009
08 – 1:22.648 – Eric Ovlatt – HRGruppe GT3RS – U-RWD – GTA 2013
09 – 1:22.744 – Joe Scarallo – Group A GTO – U-RWD – CB 2011
10 – 1:23.141 – JC Meynet – AQ Motorsports STI – M-AWD – GTA 2011
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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

Willow Springs Top 20 Time Attack Cars

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I tracked down all the time attack results since 2007 thanks to Mike Bonnani (you got BONNANIED!) who’s in charge of the course records section on the time attack forums and has kept impeccable records since the start of time attack in the US. Nik Malechikos of Redline also provided me with all the records he has personally and on the redline website, so now I have everything I need to make make lists of all the fastest times put down in Time Attack. I’m visualizing a database that you can search by track, date, driver, class, etc, but until that’s done here’s another top 20 list, this time from Willow Springs International Raceway. Like before I’ve omitted all but the fastest time put down by a specific time, with one exception where the LIC car ran in unlimited class with a different driver at subiefest a few years ago and got itself pretty far up the list, even though it’s normally a mod car.

1 – 1:18.555 – Billy Johnson – FXMD NSX – U-RWD – RTA 2009
2 – 1:20.454 – Jonathan Bomarito – SSE EVO – U-AWD – RTA 2009
3 – 1:20.759 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – U-AWD – RTA 2010
4 – 1:20.838 – Tyler McQuarrie – C-West S2000 – U-RWD – RTA 2009
5 – 1:22.097 – Tarzan Yamada – Crawford STI – U-AWD – RTA 2009
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Buttonwillow Top 20 Time Attack Cars

I’ve recently noticed that it is very hard to track down results and times from past Time Attacks, especially the Redline events. Buttonwillow is what many consider the most important venue for time attack in the country, and you would think it’d be easy enough to find a database of lap times from there. Turns out such a thing doesn’t exist, so I’ve set out to create one. Eventually it will be a separate page outside of this blog with all the times for all time attack events since 2007 or so, but until then here’s what I’ve managed to dig up tonight. Since so many cars have run at different events with different drivers, I’ve omitted all but the fastest time by a specific car. If I noted, for example, FXMD’s fastest time for every trip out, they’d be on the list 5-6 times. So here’s the top 20 at Buttonwillow CW13:

1:40.986 – Tyler McQuarrie – FXMD NSX – unl rwd – SLB 2011
1:41.046 - David Empringham – Sierra Sierra EVO – unl awd -SLB 2010
1:43.523 – Nobuteru Taniguchi – HKS EVO – unl awd – SLB 2007
1:44.372 – Tarzan Yamada – Cusco/Tomei STI – unl awd – SLB 2008
1:44.586 – Jeff Westphal – GST Impreza – unl awd – SLB 2010
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