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Global Time Attack Rd. 1 - Road Atlanta, Ga.

The U.S.' time-attack elite are back — and hungrier than ever.

Luke Munnell
May 24, 2016

Maybe Formula DRIFT just stole the conversation. Or maybe its evening-centric, second-round competition at Road Atlanta just meshed better with enthusiasts', uh, "night owl" tendencies. But while the country's top slide rides (and fans?) rested through the recent competition weekend's mornings, after nights of attacking the facility's well-known turns 9 to 11, the U.S.'s top grip rippers got the adrenaline surging early each morning in typical time-attack fashion — by trashing their record books along the course's 2.54 miles and 13 turns.

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Back for yet another season-opening showing at Road Atlanta, run in tandem with Formula D before the organization's evening competition, Global Time Attack (GTA) opened its three-event 2016 season with some of the closest and most heated time attacking we can remember, its drivers and teams resetting nine official class records as of the final lap, with too many along the way to count.

For those not familiar, a quick explanation of the goal and strategy of time attack; the ends: clock the fastest lap in your class. The means: stretch the rules as much as possible, reinforce and refine every aspect of your build (continually repeat this step), and drive only as fast as needed to stay atop the class leaderboard - no sense in risking your car to blow a record out of the water when simply beating it will earn the win.

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Add all this up and you've got some real excitement for those willing to dig a little deeper. The cars are hands-down the most technologically advanced, well-rounded modified production cars to be found anywhere, in a discipline where power and speed, suspension, braking, gearing, grip, aerodynamics, and safety are equal parts of a winning recipe.

The drivers are true sportsmen (and women), risking just enough performance to better each other in lock step, lap after lap, until they either earn the win or go home with a broken car and/or the need for a new strategy.

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Sometimes the results can be predictable, with the most well funded teams repeatedly writing the records. But then again, sometimes a talented underdog team can continually fend off the giants, like what we saw in Atlanta when GST Motorsports and hired gun Jeff Westphal powered their faithful Subaru Impreza to a new Unlimited AWD class record, fastest lap of the weekend, and Road Atlanta track record (the previously standing record was their own, set in 2012), with a blistering 1:20.793 clocked toward the end of the second and final competition day, after a heated tit-for-tat dogfight with Lyfe Motorsports and their million-dollar (we're estimating) Nissan GT-R.

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Global time attack rd 1 GT R Photo 15/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 GT R

The other eight records that fell can all be found in the results spreadsheet below, and in case you're a "pics or it didn't happen" fellow, click through the gallery for plenty of proof.

While time attack might not enjoy the crowds, media exposure, or prize purses that some of the more popular automotive series may (ahem, drifting), its contribution motorsports and the aftermarket is without question — if you want to know which parts, shops, and tuners you can feel safe manning your own build, look no further than the names on the winningest time-attack machines.

www.globaltimeattack.com

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2016 GLOBAL TIME ATTACK ROUND 1
Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

UNLIMITED AWD
20.793Jeff WestphalSubaru Impreza LGST Motorsports
21.258Cole PowelsonNissan GT-RLYFE Motorsport
23.543Rick MacPhersonNissan GT-RDBW MOTORSPORTS
24.778Mark JagerSubaru WRX STILost Art Liquids / Yimi Sport
25.232Tony SzirkaMitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8UMS Tuning
28.732Daniel O'DonnellMitsubishi EvolutionProfessional Awesome/ Fortune Auto
32.961Vincent MeyerSubaru WRX STILyfe Motorsport
Global time attack rd 1 C6 front three quarter Photo 17/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 C6 Front Three Quarter
UNLIMITED RWD
24.340Cody KishelChevrolet CorvetteVengeance Road Racing
28.185Dez WhitePorsche 911Pull-A-Part Racing
30.333Phil GrabowScion FR-SElement Tuning
35.442Jeremy BoysenScion FR-SFT-86 SpeedFactory
38.115Chris StoneNissan 350ZLYFE Motorsport
Global time attack rd 1 Integra Photo 18/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Integra
UNLIMITED FWD
27.292James HoughtonAcura Integra Type RK-Tuned/R-Division
28.056William Au-YeungHonda Civic SIRPZtuning
43.369Jose MercadoAcura RSXMercRacing
Global time attack rd 1 WRX STI Calabrese Photo 19/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 WRX STI Calabrese
LIMITED AWD
29.311Anthony CalabreseSubaru WRX STIPURE TUNING
36.868Roy NarvaezSubaru STINarvaez Racing
37.934Alex LiSubaru ImprezaNV Auto/NEO Motorsport
41.498John DeniseNissan GT-RAAC
43.499Shaun DicksonMitsubishi Evolution 8Pompeii Motorsports
45.196Austin LandonSubaru WRXLandon Racing
Global time attack rd 1 S13 Photo 20/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 S13
LIMITED RWD
32.129Erin SanfordNissan 240SXKoruworks/GTEast
32.301Tony FuentesHonda S2000AutoFunction
35.401John De BarrosChevrolet CorvetteAll Out Auto Motorsports
35.468Kevin ParlettInfiniti G35BC Racing
36.309Alexander GallardoNissan 350ZCheck6 Garage
37.457Chinchi ChiangToyota SupraUnited Speed Racing
38.690Savanna LittleNissan 350ZEnjuku Racing
39.618Kenneth HarperNissan 370ZVRR
39.983Ravi TomerlinAcura NSXWe Don't Lift
44.557Daniel GestewitzHonda S2000Team Gnarly
45.893Yo (FT86)Scion FR-SFT-86 SpeedFactory
50.980Benjamin FennerBMW MMidlands Motorworks
Global time attack rd 1 Civic SiR Photo 21/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Civic Sir
LIMITED FWD
32.963Chris BoersmaHonda Civic SiRBoersma Racing
35.738Conrad FalkenbergAcura RSXUnit2 Motorsports
40.625R.J. CoffmanHonda CivicBattle Ready
44.548Brian TysonFord Focus STJST Performance
52.230Chris VeraHonda Civic DXProject One Motorsport
Global time attack rd 1 Subaru WRX front three quarter on track Photo 22/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Subaru WRX Front Three Quarter On Track
STREET AWD
31.262Cody MilesSubaru WRX STIAir Lift Performance / Enjuku Racing
35.835Markos MylonasSubaru WRXSNAIL PERFORMANCE
37.823Sally McNultySubaru WRXSNAIL PERFORMANCE
39.885Adam JamesSubaru WRXTopSpeed Motorsports
Global time attack rd 1 IS300 Photo 23/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 IS300
STREET RWD
33.349Fuentes KangLexus IS300Zen Motors
38.155Patel WaltersNissan 350ZShort Stop Garage
40.280O'Brien TobinChevrolet CorvetteGran Turismo East
44.520Matthew BrueckBMW 330iiTrack Motorsports
Global time attack rd 1 SRT4 Photo 24/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 SRT4
STREET FWD
31.938Douglas WindDodge SRT4Modern Performance SRT4
38.418Cooper PierceHonda Civic SIGuess Work
45.625Jason OwensHonda Fit SportUnited Speed Racing
47.348Chrys ZourasMini Cooper SMidlands Motorworks
Global time attack rd 1 C7 Photo 25/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 C7
ENTHUSIAST RWD
35.219Steve GreeneChevrolet Corvette StingrayAuto8 motorsports
42.984William CodyBMW M3GermaroSport
44.099Rod SummersInfiniti G35Z1 Motorsports
44.181Ryan GrafBMW M3Team Germaro
55.415Paul TrostleScion FR-SProAuto LLC
56.302Johnny DeniseScion FRSAAC
57.321Chris KnightScion FR-SPatriot Project Motorsports
Global time attack rd 1 Cobalt SS Photo 26/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Cobalt SS
ENTHUSIAST FWD
52.592Jamil FieldsChevrolet Cobalt SSSlow Patrol
PRO/COMP
23.896Brian FaesslerFord MustangPaul's Automotive Engineering
EXHIBITION
40.569Simmy SandhuNissan GT-RTeam Slow
Global time attack rd 1 EVO pits Photo 27/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 EVO Pits
Global time attack rd 1 WRX STI Civic Photo 37/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 WRX STI Civic
Global time attack rd 1 E46 Photo 47/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 E46
Global time attack rd 1 370Z pits Photo 57/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 370Z Pits
Global time attack rd 1 240SX pits Photo 67/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 240SX Pits
Global time attack rd 1 refueling Photo 74/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Refueling
Global time attack rd 1 RSX Photo 81/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 RSX
Global time attack rd 1 GTR pits Photo 91/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 GTR Pits
Global time attack rd 1 Nissan 370Z Photo 98/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Nissan 370Z
Global time attack rd 1 Subaru WRX rear on track Photo 108/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Subaru WRX Rear On Track
Global time attack rd 1 S13 rear Photo 118/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 S13 Rear
Global time attack rd 1 STI Photo 128/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 STI
Global time attack rd 1 Corvette Photo 138/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 Corvette
Global time attack rd 1 WRX Snail Performance Photo 148/148   |   Global Time Attack Rd 1 WRX Snail Performance
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