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Continental Tire FF Battle 2016 - Results

Joel Etrata nabs fastest lap in his K24-powered Integra on Conti's latest UHP rubber, the ExtremeContact Sport

Dec 8, 2016
Photographers: Luke Munnell, Jofel Tolosa, Danny Nguyen

After taking a year off from the Streets of Willow Springs circuit in Rosamond, Calif., Super Street's FF Battle (FFB) Presented by Continental Tire returned to the high-desert facility to sort out which street-spec front engine, front-wheel drive racer could register the fastest orbit around the 1.6-mile, 16-turn road course. A new tire from title sponsor Continental added to the challenge, the ExtremeContact Sport, an Ultra High Performance offering that succeeds the ExtremeContact DW, the tire used by FFB for the past few years.

Continental tire ff battle 2016 Focus Photo 2/201   |   Continental Tire Ff Battle 2016 Focus

The field for the 2016 time attack was made up of 15 entries, and unlike most years there was actually a non-Honda among them; Jonathon Lugod brought out the OS Giken 2015 Ford Focus ST, one of four cars at the event employing boost (Tyler Mikesell's DC2 Integra was also turbocharged, while the HASport DA Integra and Devyn Bandonillo's Civic were both blown). In total, we had nine Civics, five Integras, and Lugod's Focus, with fully half the group rocking an engine swap, typically to a K-series mill (although Kristian Wong dropped a SOHC D-series into his Integra - weird). Julie Yeh's 1991 Civic hatch was the oldest machine on hand, while Lugod's Ford hot hatch was the newest.

Continental tire ff battle 2016 Joel Etrata Integra sedan Photo 6/201   |   Continental Tire Ff Battle 2016 Joel Etrata Integra Sedan

Joel Etrata and his 2.4-liter K-powered Integra quickly rose to the top of the time sheets with a blazing lap of 1:25.427 in the second session of the day and remained untouched for the remainder of the event, eclipsing the high time by Lewis Liang and his ITR - a 1:27.963 - two years earlier at FFB6 by some 2.5 seconds. Mikesell with a 1:28.014 in the final session of the day, and Lugod with a 1:28.558 in the fourth session of the day (out of six) came home second and third, respectively. Ken Suen in the Godspeed Civic Si, Oscar Jackson, Jr. in the HASport Integra, and Kristian Wong and Yuta Akaishi in their matching Integra and Civic finished throughout the top eight, but the invited guests' laps were exhibition, as their cars did not fall within the mandated rule set.

Logo conti gold on black WEB Photo 10/201   |   Logo Conti Gold On Black WEB

FF Battle 2016 - Streets Of Willow Springs, WSIR, Rosamond, Calif.

11:25.4271994 Acura Integra RSJoel Etrata
21:25.5272013 Honda Civic SiKen Suen*
31:25.6181993 Acura IntegraBrian Gillespie*
41:28.0141995 Acura Integra GS-RTyler Mikesell
51:28.5582015 Ford Focus STJonathon Lugod
61:28.6322002 Honda Civic SiPhil Nguyen
71:28.6911994 Acura Integra RSKristian Wong*
81:28.8411993 Honda CivicYuta Akaishi*
91:30.6161998 Honda CivicLance Uchida
101:31.0271991 Honda CivicJulie Yeh
111:31.3662001 Acura Integra LSJoey Sengsavat
121:34.9742000 Honda Civic DXAlbert Donkor
131:35.3752006 Honda Civic EXDevyn Bandonillo
141:35.5622000 Honda CivicHenry Fierros
151:42.3531992 Honda Civic CXMike Ghalimi
*Exhibition
Continental tire ff battle 2016 Extreme Contact Sport Photo 11/201   |   Continental Tire Ff Battle 2016 Extreme Contact Sport

As for those new Conti tires, they received glowing reviews across the board. Competitors lauded the amount of grip from the ExtremeContact Sports in Willow Springs' dry conditions, stickiness that persisted throughout the day. We're pretty confident when the tires launch in February of 2017 they're bound to be a hit among enthusiasts.

Continental tire ff battle 2016 continental tire logo Photo 12/201   |   Continental Tire Ff Battle 2016 Continental Tire Logo

Enjoy the photo gallery from the event, and be on the lookout for a video to drop soon recapping FF Battle 8.

Bob Hernandez
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