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Global Time Attack 2020 Finals

Seven records fall at Buttonwillow, and Street Class cars are now as fast as Limited cars, but the overall high mark remains untouched.

Bob Hernandez
Nov 20, 2020

In a 2020 where most events were cancelled and the ones that weren't had their dates jumbled, we were relieved that Global Time Attack was able to hold its annual year-end classic on the weekend it had planned all along. The road course time trial series wasn't completely immune from the cancellations, having to call off its event this past August at New Jersey Motorsports Park, but the crew showed up to Buttonwillow Raceway northwest of Bakersfield, Calif., for the finale with 60-plus competition entries, almost making it seem like it was a pretty normal year.

Familiar faces behind the wheel at this season's closer included David Haagsma's, who was in the Unlimited AWD Class H&M Motorsports Nissan GT-R trying to take down Buttonwillow's CW13 overall GTA lap record, which was set at 1 minute, 37.308 seconds in '18 by William Au-Yeung in the Unlimited FWD PZ Tuning Vibrant Performance Honda Civic. Pro drifting champ Mike Essa was also trying to mix it up in the U-AWD debut of the CSF Mitsubishi Evolution X, a vehicle that broke cover just a few days prior at the Toyo Tires Treadpass. In Limited Class, Feras Qartouny in the twin-turbo Qart Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was aiming to match his pattern at almost every event he's done this year and nab fastest lap, and he faced stiff competition from perennial nice guy and go-getter Amir Bentatou, who was giving hell to L-RWD in the Motorsports Hardware BMW E36 M3.

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In fact, Amir was doing double duty at the GTA Final, also running his K series-powered RS Future x Koyorad Acura NSX in the Street RWD category. He faced the likes of Street Class titleholder Shawn Krebsbach in the RS Motors Evo IX, Jackie Ding in the PhD Racing Toyota GR Supra, Thomas Smith in his TSR Subaru WRX STI, and Kevin Burke in the Driver-Mod C7 Corvette Grand Sport. RS Future also backed the Spoon Sports-liveried Honda Accord Euro R in the oddball Pro/Comp Class, and speaking of outliers, this year the event even had a Chevy S10 AND a Belair (!) in Limited, both campaigned by Tony's Garage Racing.

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Seven GTA Buttonwillow records ended up falling over the course of the finale, none more authoritatively than Street Class. If you've been following Amir and watching his progress with the NSX, you know he's been building up to this, and the payoff was sweet to watch; he lopped seconds off of the S-RWD record by the end of the event's first day, and on the second day began with an opening session where he sliced another 0.9, dramatically pumping his fist in the cockpit 100 feet before the start-finish line in realization that he had brought the record down even further. But he saved the best for last; in the final session of the time attack, Amir registered an amazing 1:44.768, resetting the Street Class high mark again and, critically, putting a Street Class car in the 44s - essentially, in the same league as the fastest Limited Class cars (ostensibly a faster, more advanced category) that are currently racing.

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In fact, the entire Buttonwillow Street Class record book was rewritten this year; Shawn Krebsbach and his Evo 9 reset the high bar in S-AWD at 01:46.071, while Jose Mejia reset S-FWD (a couple times, actually) in the Art of Attack Civic Type R at 1:50.674. Noah Gaither in another FK8 - the Reyes Racing CTR - claimed a new record in Enthusiast FWD with his lap of 1:59.364, further cementing the Honda platform as a legit track contender.

Will Drees and Cory Wells eclipsed the Limited FWD record in their WRD Racing Prelude with a 1:48.312, while Feras Quartomy did indeed notch a new record in L-RWD with his twin-turbo C6, clocking an orbit of 1:44.292. Finally, David Haagsma also matched expectations in Unlimited AWD with a 1:37.76, resetting the U-AWD record set by Canadian Richard Boake in the Can-Jam STI back in '18. However, it wasn't better than Will Au-Yeung's 1:37.3, and so the GTA Buttonwillow track record stands - at least for now. Dip into the photo gallery to see all the sights from the '20 Global Time Attack Final.

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2020 GTA Finals Buttonwillow | Results

Enthusiast Class

1 | 01:57.511 | #227 | Joshua Reyes | Honda S2000 | Reyes Racing

2 | 01:57.855 | #559 | Aaron Gong | Subaru BRZ | Shining Wolf Motorsports

3 | 01:58.068 | #29 | Henry Lam | Mazda RX7 R1 | Lucky7 Racing

4 | 01:59.364 | #528 | Noah Gaither | Honda Civic Type R | Reyes Racing

5 | 02:00.650 | #420 | Jason Parraga | Honda S2000 | DIYGuys

6 | 02:01.281 | #126 | Adam Wood | Subaru Impreza Outback Sport | Wood Racing

7 | 02:02.965 | #333 | Mark Solis | Subaru WRX STI | Solis Brothers Racing

8 | 02:03.408 | #58 | Richard Klein | Subaru WRX STI | Renner Racing Development

9 | 02:04.963 | #619 | Pedro Ontiveros | Volvo V60 Polestar | Veros Performance

10 | 02:05.212 | #669 | Austin Shipley | Honda Civic Type R | Big Iron Motorsports

11 | 02:12.635 | #10 | Bret Nicoletti | Mazda Miata MX5 | Rooney Speed

Street Class

1 | 01:44.768 | #67 | Amir Bentatou | Honda NSX | RS Future X Koyorad

2 | 01:46.071 | #414 | Shawn Krebsbach | Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 | RS Motors

3 | 01:47.839 | #86 | Jackie Ding | Toyota Supra #TA90 | PhD Racing

4 | 01:48.172 | #842 | Nik Romano | Toyota Supra | Pink Ribbon Racing

5 | 01:49.233 | #51 | Thomas Smith | Subaru WRX STI | Thomas Smith Racing

6 | 01:49.685 | #87 | Kevin Burke | Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport | Driver-Mod

7 | 01:50.024 | #97 | Matt Rojana | Toyota Supra | Art of Attack

8 | 01:50.674 | #89 | Jose Mejia | Honda Civic Type R | Art of Attack

9 | 01:50.709 | #5 | Johnny Hernandez | Subaru WRX STI | Lido Labs

10 | 01:50.820 | #6 | Kyle Robinson | BMW 1M | JMP Autowerkz

11 | 01:52.948 | #75 | David Schotz | Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 | Schotz Racing

12 | 01:54.760 | #24 | Vincent Del Campo | Honda Civic EG | Doux Work Racing

13 | 01:56.768 | #838 | Frankie Ho | Mazda Miata | Racebred Components

14 | 01:57.532 | #201 | Carlos Valenzuela | Honda Civic Type R | Autofashion USA

15 | 01:57.705 | #315 | Korey Kryder | Subaru Impreza WRX | Mom's Garage

16 | 01:59.345 | #718 | Jason Begalke | Porsche Boxster | Super Fast Racing

17 | 02:02.878 | #32 | Steven Trang | Acura Integra GSR | LCF Racing

18 | 02:03.832 | #206 | Carly Devery | Subaru Impreza RS | Renner Racing Development

19 | 02:05.277 | #17 | Ivan Carl Antonio | Honda Civic SI | Private Car Storage

20 | 02:05.637 | #9 | Nicolas Zambrano | Corey Taguchi | Honda Civic SI | Ososik Racing

Limited Class

1 | 01:44.292 | #72 | Feras Qartouny | Chevrolet Corvette Z06 | Qart Racing

2 | 01:45.463 | #107 | Amir Bentatou | BMW M3 E36 | Motorsports Hardware

3 | 01:45.905 | #81 | Damyan Tuchenishki | Subaru Impreza L | Renner Racing Development

4 | 01:46.143 | #228 | Jean Meynet | Mark Jager | Subaru WRX STI | #WokeAF

5 | 01:48.312 | #76 | Cory Wells | Will Drees | Honda Prelude | WRD Racing

6 | 01:48.823 | #50 | Dustin Dessero | Honda S2000 | Rockstar Garage

7 | 01:49.861 | #991 | Son Vo | Honda S2000 | Zero Auto Factory

8 | 01:52.858 | #38 | Tom Tang | Marc David | BMW M3 E46 | Tracspec Autosports

9 | 01:53.303 | #35 | Graham Downey | Honda Civic Type R | RyRoMax - Trackspec

10 | 01:53.487 | #240 | Johnson Mac | Mazda RX7 | Lucky 7 Racing

11 | 01:57.293 | #905 | Adam Swan | Nissan 240SX Silvia | Swan Speed

12 | 01:59.819 | #953 | Kevin Phillips | Chevrolet S10 Truck | Tony's Garage Racing

13 | 01:59.985 | #202 | Christian Bussell | Subaru WRX | Revolutions Performance

14 | 02:00.027 | #999 | Bobby Velazquez | Honda Civic Type R | dbGarage

15 | 02:00.536 | #95 | Dustin Williams | Honda S2000 | Legends Circuit Team

16 | 02:01.545 | #3 | Joshua Empfield | Mazda Miata | Empfield Paint and Body

17 | 02:03.079 | #728 | Nico Gumayagay | Acura RSX Type S | Private Car Storage

18 | 02:06.303 | #55 | Jake Graham | Subaru WRX DIT | TGA Performance

19 | 02:07.283 | #56 | Kyle Phillips | Chevrolet Belair | Tonys Garage Racing

DNF | N/T | #16 | Alex Peitz | Chevrolet Corvette Z51 | Peitz Performance Tunes

DNF | N/T | #311 | Dustin Kent | Subaru WRX | Kent Racing

DNF | N/T | #992 | Nader Sharif | Mazda RX7 GXL | Built 2 Apex Racing

DNF | N/T | #12 | Peter Bollenbecker | Subaru WRX STI | BollenFaro Racing

DNF | N/T | #46 | Ray Clantz | Honda S2000 | HK Racing

Pro/Comp Class

1 | 01:57.868 | #103 | Justin Bayliss | Volkswagen Rabbit GTI | LAG MSC

2 | 02:00.999 | #91 | Nick Bright | Therese Lahlouh | Honda Accord Euro R | RS Future

Unlimited Class

1 | 01:37.761 | #422 | David Haagsma | Will Wattanawongkiri | Nissan GTR | H&M Motorsports

2 | 01:41.551 | #187 | Sean Cagle | Chevrolet Corvette FRC | Caliber Customs

3 | 01:45.857 | #39 | Cable Rosenberg | Dodge Viper | Team Naturally Aspirated

4 | 01:45.942 | #772 | Derek Boyd | Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X | Halona Farms

5 | 01:48.123 | #881 | Gabriel Shadid | BMW M3 E90 | Epic Score

6 | 01:49.843 | #13 | Michael Essa | Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X | CSF Cooling

DNF | N/T | #969 | Calder McWhinney | Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06 |

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