With a record number of cars coming from all over the US for the Global Time Attack (GTA) Road Atlanta round in May, the annual Super Lap Battle x GTA finale had big expectations for excitement and competitor counts. The Time Attack, presented by Continental Tire, would live up to that and more. Drivers pushed, records fell, and there was a return of a fan favorite -- so this year's final was one to remember.
Drivers compete for more than just bragging rights and plaques (well, except Enthusiast Class; they just get plaques). Street, Limited and Unlimited class first and second finishers get cash prizes of $500 and $200, respectively. If there is a record broken that day, the record-setting driver wins an additional $200 along with a MSTR (Meister) watch, and the guy with the fastest time of the day overall (no matter the drive or class) gets $300 and a MSTR watch. So there is a potential for the fastest guy of the day to take away $1,000 and a MSTR watch and that is a big chunk of prizes for Time Attack.
Enthusiast FWD saw a single competitor with Lewis Liang in the J&R Autosports Acura Integra turning in a time of 2:10.883.
Enthusiast RWD set a new record with the Marvelous Tune/StanceWorks E36 BMW M3 driven by Amir Bentatou with a time of 1:58.235, while Jason Kim recorded a time of 2:04.824 in the DC Sports Honda S2000. Karla Pestotnik rounds out the podium with the Cheworks-Karla Pestotnik Racing S2K turning in a 2:05.670.
In Street FWD, the "Legend" lived up to his name as Ken Suen and the Godspeed Project "Big Red" Honda Civic set a new record with a 1:55.602 run. Pradana Willanto and the Evasive Motorsports-Sportcar Motion Acura CSX Type-S grabbed second spot with a 1:59.639 and Thomas Smith?s H1 Performance Civic rounded out the podium with a 2:02.311.
Street RWD had a big class and included a brand new 2015 Ford Mustang from Hillbank Motorsports. However, it would be the brand new Chevrolet Stingray Corvette Z51 that would take the top spot and new class record driven by Rif Dagher and tuned by Platte Forme AG with a time of 1:51.089. Legendary time attack driver and team, Robert Walker and Evasive Motorsports, took home second with their Honda S2000 with a time of 1:51.777. Mar Tsai brought out the Rolloface Performance BMW M3 and turned in a 1:55.253 to round out the class.
Street AWD brought back Mark Jager and Yimi Sport Tuning with an updated 2006 Subaru STi and took another record with them. Their time of 1:50.206 was the fastest time in the Street Class. Despite a big fire, NightMotorsports Istavan Klag was able to bring home second place with a time of 1:57.673, while Tony Brown in the Renner Motorsport Subaru WRX finished third with a 1:59.752.
Limited FWD brought Canadian Time Attack driver, William Au-Yeung, and the PZTuning.ca Acura RSX. The cold north must really show drivers how to handle as he was able to take away a record-breaking run with 1:51.789, though Tim Kuo was very close with a 1:51.916 in the SportCar Motion DC2 Type R. Finally, the big coupe made its presence known with Kevin Courtney in the Bobby Lane Racing Accord taking third with a 1:55.241.
Limited RWD was another class that had a large field and a Corvette taking top honors. Cody Kishel dropped the record to 1:44.456 in the 2013 Z06, while Robert Walker brought the Evasive Scion FR-S to the group's second step with a 1:47.474. Graham Downey and the Blacktrax-Redstone S2000 continued to show that the roadster is still no slouch with a 1:48.118.
Limited AWD would foreshadow what was to happen in Unlimited, with Jeff Westphal breaking a class record in the Professional Awesome-Fortune Auto Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8, stopping the watch at 1:44.062, while Emillio Cervantes in the FFTEC-Angry Panda Racing EVO 8 claimed second with a 1:47.425. Ivo Tuchi in the Renner Motorsport Subaru Impreza RS was able to bring home third with a 1:48.582. That 1:44.062 of Westphal was also the fastest in the entire Limited Class.
Unlimited FWD nearly saw the record set by Chris Rado in the F-Wing tC get broken by a smaller, less powerful car, but the Spoon Sports FD2 Civic driven by Daijiro Yoshihara broke a splitter and could only best 1:48.016. He was just 1.28-seconds slower than Rado's record time with a car with less aero and "only" 460-horsepower. Joe De Vivo in the Caliber Customs-FiatTech.com Fiat 500 Abarth showed how the cute car has a lot of potential with a 1:53.404 and second place, while the Eibach Civic tuned in a time of 1:59.163 with Jared Reyes behind the wheel for third.
Unlimited RWD broke the Corvette domination of the RWD classes when Andrie Hartanto ripped around Buttonwillow CW13 in the Prima Racing-Supertech Performance S2000 in 1:48.849. Stephanie Cemo was able to bring another podium to Corvettes in her factory-supercharged-bonkers 2013 ZR1 model and a time of 1:50.975. Tom Tang in the Blacktrax Performance-CT Engineering S2000 took third with a 1:50.975.
Finally, the class that is the fastest of all and reported the fastest time of the day overall. Third place went to the Snail Performance Subaru WRX driven by Travis "Sauce Bauce" Barnes and turned in a time of 1:51.944. Cole Powelson and Kyle Schick brought out the Lyfe Motorsports GT-R to drop a time of 1:40.967, but that was only good enough for second place. First would be fan favorite driver and body double to David Beckham if he drove a racecar, Jeff Westphal.
After a year of sanctuary away from GTA/SLB, he and Mike Warfield brought out the historic GST Motorsports Subaru "GST-L" and its chopped top glory back to battle, and did it slay the field. With a 1:38.967 time, Westphal, Warfield, and GST set a new lap record for Unlimited AWD, set fastest time of Unlimited, and set fastest time of the day overall, bringing home $1000 and a MSTR watch.
That 1:38.967 also breaks the GTA/SLB Unlimited record set in 2012 by the FXMD NSX -- with Billy Johnson behind the wheel -- by 1.412-seconds. So, will Johnson and FXMD have an answer to that in 2015? We'll have to wait and see, but time is on everyone's side.
|2014 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack Presented by Continental Tires|
|November 14, 2014, Buttonwillow Raceway Park CW13|
|Results by Class|
|01:39.0||7||Jeff Westphal||GST Motorsports Subaru L|
|01:40.4||23||Cole Kyle||Lyfe Motorsports Nissan GTR|
|01:51.9||24||Travis Barnes||Snail Performance Subaru WRX|
|14||Tony Szirka||UMS Tuning Mitsubishi EVO|
|Conrad Grunewald||HSU Racing Mitsubishi EVO|
|Canaan O'Connell||Jet Black Racing/Road Race Engineering EVO|
|01:48.8||5||Andrie Hartanto||Prima Racing/Supertech Honda S2000|
|01:51.0||43||Stephanie Cemo||Stephanie Cemo Racing Chevy Corvette ZR1|
|01:55.5||17||Tom Tang||Blacktrax/CT Engineering/Hankook S2000|
|01:58.3||4||Jason Sharek||Essa Motorsports Mercedes AMG C63|
|01:59.6||22||Moti Almagor||Blackbird Fabworx Mazda Miata|
|01:48.0||6||Daijiro Yoshihara||Spoon Sports USA Honda FD2 Civic|
|01:53.4||10||Joe De Vivo||Caliber Customs x FiatTech.com Fiat Abarth|
|01:59.2||25||Jared Reyes||Eibach Honda EG Civic|
|02:00.1||31||Liam Downey||RoMax Auto Group Honda EG Civic|
|02:03.2||55||Craig Utter||JDM Speedshop Honda EG Civic|
|01:44.1||777||Jeff Westphal||Professional Awesome/Fortune Auto EVO 8|
|01:47.4||9||Emilio Cervantes||Angry Panda/FFTEC/949 Racing EVO 8|
|01:48.6||21||Ivo Tuchi||Renner Motorsport Subaru RS|
|01:49.3||37||Adam Knapik||Massimo Power White Shadow Mitsubishi EVO|
|01:49.5||16||John Carson||JD Motorsports/Carson Racing EVO 8|
|01:50.5||124||Taylor Wilson||Koby D/Snail Performance Subaru WRX|
|01:53.8||1||Scottie Burough||Caliber Customs Nissan GT-R|
|01:54.1||50||Roy Navarez||Narvaez Racing Nissan GT-R|
|01:44.5||28||Cody Kishel||Excelsior Motorsports 2013 Chevy Corvette|
|01:47.5||8||Robert Walker||Evasive Motorsports Scion FR-S|
|01:48.1||18||Graham Downey||Blacktrax x Redstone Honda S2000|
|01:48.3||107||Will Wattanawongkiri||Team WWR Nissan 240SX|
|01:51.7||30||Rif Dagher||Platte Forme AG x Maxxis Tire 2015 BMW M3|
|01:53.8||29||Danny George||DG & Friends Mazda Miata|
|01:55.9||19||Ryan Passey||Singular Motorsports Mazda Miata|
|01:59.5||3||John Lazorack||Lazorack Mitsu/Chrysler Conquest Tsi|
|01:59.9||41||Tony Jackson||Eibach BMW M3|
|02:05.4||27||Sean Thomson||Singular Motorsports Mazda Miata|
|01:51.8||13||William Au-Yeung||PZtuning.ca Acura RSX|
|01:51.9||38||Tim Kuo||SportCar Motion Acura Integra Type-R|
|01:55.2||11||Kevin Courtney||Bobby Lane Racing Honda Accord|
|01:59.9||32||Efrain Flores||Revo Race Team Scion tC|
|01:50.2||149||Mark Jager||Jager Racing/Yimi Sport Subaru WRX STI|
|01:57.7||808||Istvan Klag||NightMotorsports Subaru|
|01:59.8||52||Tony Brown||Renner Motorsport Subaru WRX|
|02:00.3||44||Damyan Tuchenishki||Renner Motorsports Subaru WRX STI|
|Craig Peyron||Outlaw Motorsports Subaru|
|Clint Boisdeau||HG Motorsports Mercedes CLA45 AMG|
|01:51.1||12||Rif Dagher||Platte Forme AG Corvette Z51|
|01:51.8||35||Robert Walker||Evasive Motorsports Honda S2000|
|01:55.3||39||Mark Tsai||Rolloface Performance BMW M3|
|01:55.9||57||Tim Kuo||Mackin Ind. Time Attack Club Scion FRS|
|01:57.2||40||Nick Richards||GSR Autosport BMW M4|
|01:58.2||60||Ted Park/Mike Kang||ImperiousRex Racing Honda S2000|
|01:58.3||36||Martin Choi||Corner3 Garage Nissan 370Z|
|01:58.6||0||Mathew Lambrecht||Caliber Customs Ford Mustang|
|02:00.5||42||Andrew Nier||Nier Racing Group x Hillbank Mustang GT|
|02:08.0||15||Michael Doscher||Hillbank Mustang|
|01:55.6||20||Ken Suen||Godspeed Project Honda Civic|
|01:59.6||517||Pradana Wilianto||Evasive/Sportcar Motion Acura CSX Type-S|
|02:02.3||45||Thomas Smith||H1 Performance Honda Civic|
|02:04.2||46||Yuta Akaishi||The Chronicles Honda Civic|
|01:58.2||67||Amir Bentatou||Marvelous Tune/StanceWorks 1997 BMW M3|
|02:04.8||2||Jason Kim||DC Sports Honda S2000|
|02:05.7||48||Karla Pestotnik||Cheworks-Karla Pestotnik Racing S2000|
|02:06.3||47||Marlon Tecson||H1 Performance Scion FR-S|
|02:10.9||49||Lewis Liang||J & R Autoparts Acura Integra|