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Japanse Autosport 2009 Festival

Scene: Japanese Autosport Festival; TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

Brian Klifman
Jan 29, 2010
Photographer: Courtesy Of AutoMaxx Magazine

(Here's one typo we're not responsible for. - Staff) Close to a hundred of the most well-known car clubs in The Netherlands were present at the recent Japanese Autosport Festival, held this past fall. Crowding the two paddocks with the best and fastest member cars of Japanese makes they could find, it was a true joy to see the finishing quality of all those cars. It was abundantly clear that the very extreme ways of styling are quickly losing ground to performance tuning. It's all about the punch a car can pack nowadays.

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Participants could join in on the action by drag racing at the Toyo Tires Shootout over an 1/8th of a mile, book some time on the track to test their own cars or go head-to-head with other competitors in the Toyo Tires Time Attack: it all required the best and fastest cars to participate. Talk of the event: the two British Time Attack Evos that quite literally destroyed the Dutch competition. Unfortunately the team's fourth car died at the Nürburgring the day before, while the team of Car Planet Racing was doing a final shakedown test. Clive Seddon already proved to be much faster than most Dutch in the warm-up. But while his teammate chose to stay on regular fuel in the finals, Clive wanted to see what race fuel would do to his lap times. He managed to shave close to five seconds off his previous best time, easily making him the fastest man on the track. Needless to say, a jaw-dropping performance for a team that has never raced on this racetrack before.

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It was a shame that the one Dutch man who might have been up to the challenge, Kevin Go with his very fast R33, suffered from a mechanical malfunction and had to give up very early in the race. The Dutch were taught an important lesson: that even though Time Attack may be popular there, they will need to ante up their game next season. Perhaps they will then be able to face the menace of the pro UK drivers.

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