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2014 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack - Results & Gallery

Astonishing 8 records fall at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, including overall track high mark

Justin Banner
Nov 21, 2014
Photographers: Bob Hernandez, Sean Russell

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.

Continental logo Photo 2/221   |   Continental Logo

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.

Integra Enthusiast FWD Photo 6/221   |   Integra Enthusiast FWD

Enthusiast FWD saw a single competitor with Lewis Liang in the J&R Autosports Acura Integra turning in a time of 2:10.883.

StanceWorks BMW M3 01 Photo 13/221   |   Stanceworks BMW M3 01

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.

Civic Street FWD champ Photo 20/221   |   Civic Street FWD Champ

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.

Platte Forme AG Corvette C7 01 Photo 27/221   |   Platte Forme AG Corvette C7 01

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.

WRX STI Street AWD champ Photo 34/221   |   WRX STI Street AWD Champ

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.

RSX Limited FWD champ Photo 41/221   |   RSX Limited FWD Champ

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.

Corvette Limited RWD champ Photo 48/221   |   Corvette Limited RWD Champ

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.

EVO 8 Limited AWD champ Photo 55/221   |   EVO 8 Limited AWD Champ

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.

Civic FD2 Unlimited FWD champ Photo 62/221   |   Civic FD2 Unlimited FWD Champ

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.

S2000 Unlimited RWD champ Photo 69/221   |   S2000 Unlimited RWD Champ

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.

Lyfe Motorsports Nissan GTR 03 Photo 76/221   |   Lyfe Motorsports Nissan GTR 03

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.

Subaru L GST podium.JPG Photo 83/221   |   Subaru L GST Podium

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
 
UNLIMITED AWD
Lap time No. Name Vehicle 
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
 
UNLIMITED RWD
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
 
UNLIMITED FWD
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 
 
LIMITED AWD
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
 
LIMITED RWD
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
 
LIMITED FWD
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
 
STREET AWD
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
 
STREET RWD
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
 
STREET FWD
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
 
ENTHUSIAST RWD
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
 
ENTHUSIAST FWD
02:10.9 49 Lewis Liang J & R Autoparts Acura Integra

By Justin Banner
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2014 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack - Results & Gallery
2014 Super Lap Battle x Global Time Attack by Continental Tire Details:
  • Biggest event of its type in USA held Nov. 14, again @ Buttonwillow Raceway
  • Overall record reset by Jeff Westphal in the GST Subaru L at 1:38.967
  • 7 additional records broken, including all in Limited & Street classes

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