In last year's coverage of Global Time Attack's (GTA) event at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. we made a point about track records for production cars and how susceptible they are to being broken when time attack comes to town. In fact, the sport is still very much in its formative era, because it seems like whoever is running and wherever they go circuit high marks are likely to tumble. Take this year's GTA contest at NOLA, for example; out of the 10 classes with entries, nine had records fall. The feat speaks to how much growth seems yet to come for those who choose to beat the clock instead of other cars.
At the head of the pack in Louisiana was Derek Eastty in the DBW Motorsports Nissan R35 GT-R. In the same platform that won it all in 2015, Eastty was able to do it again and shave another remarkable two seconds off the Unlimited AWD record, clocking a 1:40.385. High marks across all of the Limited run groups were reset, as well; Taylor Wilson in the Snail Performance Subaru WRX put in a 1:50.040 for the AWD record; Tony Fuentes in the Solo Motorsports BMW 135i recorded a 1:52.228 as the new RWD high mark; and Mitch Flores's flying lap of 2:17.066 in Limited FWD was a record setter.
The record books were also rewritten in GTA's Street Classes at NOLA, starting with AWD, where Cody Miles - not too removed from his class-winning performance at HKS's Speed Ring - went 1:48.630 in the Air Lift Performance WRX STI. In Street RWD, Tony Fuentes's best orbit was a 1:52.727 in the AutoFunction Honda S2000, and in Street FF Cooper Pierce in the Guess Work Civic was tops, laying down a 2:19.676.
The last two records to fall were in Enthusiast FF and GTA's Pro/Comp category. In FF, Anthony Cuthbert reset the group's high mark with a 2:13.407 in the Baby Ferrari Racing Dodge Dart, and in Pro-Comp, Wil Kitchens broke the track record in the IDB Racing Exomotive Apexocet kit car with a lap of 1:54.473. Global Time Attack stages its season finale at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on November 10 and 11 for the annual Super Lap Battle time attack, and you can bet more records will be threatened. Get into the gallery to see what you missed at NOLA: Round 2, and to get a refresher on Round 1 check out our coverage from Road Atlanta.
2016 GLOBAL TIME ATTACK ROUND 2
NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, LA.
Time / Driver / # / Car / Team
01:52.103 / Jeremy Boysen / 73 / Scion FR-S / FT-86 SpeedFactory
01:40.385 / Derek Eastty / 38 / Nissan GT-R / DBW Motorsports
01:43.787 / Tony Szirka / 14 / Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / UMS Tuning
01:57.437 / Yo Keutla / 74 / Subaru WRX / SubiSpeed
01:52.228 / Tony Fuentes / 88 / BMW 135i / Solo Motorsports
01:55.150 / Kevin Parlett / 44 / Infiniti G35 / BC Racing
01:57.554 / Ravi Tomerlin / 8 / Honda NSX / WDL Racing
01:58.716 / Savanna Little / 916 / Nissan 350Z / Enjuku Racing
02:07.178 / Daniel Gestewitz / 19 / Honda S2000 / Pr0jekz
02:14.721 / Kitt Hock / 12 / Cadillac CTS-V / Zen Motorsports
02:17.066 / Mitch Flores / 3 / Volkswagen GTI / Street and Track Solutions
02:23.892 / Jake Cook / 20 / Honda Civic / Pr0jekz
02:24.645 / Robert Medina / 99 / Honda Civic / Black Family Racing
01:50.040 / Taylor Wilson / 777 / Subaru WRX / Snail Performance
01:55.963 / Shaun Dickson / 315 / Mitsubishi Evolution 8 / Pompeii Motorsports
01:52.727 / Tony Fuentes / 58 / Honda S2000 / AutoFunction
01:56.479 / Dan Kang / Douglas Wilks / 15 / Lexus IS300 / Zen Motors
02:06.603 / Austin Stollsteimer / 222 / Nissan 350Z / Stollsteimer Racing
02:19.676 / Cooper Pierce / 4 / Honda Civic / Guess Work
01:48.630 / Cody Miles / 36 / Subaru WRX STI / Air Lift Performance
01:49.763 / Markos Mylonas / 555 / Subaru WRX / Snail Performance
01:55.231 / Sally McNulty / 412 / Subaru WRX / Snail Performance
2:13.407 / Anthony Cuthbert / 54 / Dodge Dart / Baby Ferrari Racing
02:31.053 / Bob Apodaca / 84 / Mazda3 / Team MCV Imagery
01:54.473 / Wil Kitchens / 0 / Exomotive Apexocet / IDB Racing