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Continental Tire VW Golf Tuner GP 2015 Results (w/Video)

ec staple event hits new facility, takes a one-make approach for 2015

Dec 31, 2015
Photographer: Danny Nguyen

It was a transitional year for the european car Tuner GP presented by Continental Tire. For one, the event was set at a different place, leaving behind the familiar confines of Willow Springs International Motorsports Park for the 13-turn, 1.45-mile infield track at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in Fontana, Calif. Furthermore, since the ACS facility has a drag strip – Auto Club Dragway – we decided to ditch the dyno this year and opt for drag racing. Finally, instead of opening the event to all European makes and models we narrowed down the field to just Volkswagen Golfs, and were rewarded with a pretty robust roster of entries.

Continental logo Photo 5/126   |   Continental Logo

HPA Motorsports were the ones to beat, mopping up all-wheel drive (AWD) competition with their 2013 Golf R. With Jeff Altenberg at the wheel, it was more than 3.5 seconds faster in the road course time trial than the next fastest, which also happened to be Altenberg in HPA’s 2004 R32. The HPA R also had a 1.4-second edge on the 1320, putting down a 10-second pass in a field of 12- and 13-second cars.

In front-wheel drive (FWD) there was a bit more parity, as Thomas Emmanuele in the Emmanuele Design 2015 GTI won the road circuit by less than a half second, eclipsing the EuroCode ’15 GTI of Ian Baas; Raffi Kazanjian in the Euro Sport Accessories GTI was another three tenths adrift of Baas. On the strip, David Marsh in a 2011 GTI bested everyone with a run of 12.8, followed by Mark Rhodes in his ’15 GTI at 13.1 and Baas in his EuroCode GTI at 13.2.

VW Golf TGP 2015 01 copy Photo 12/126   |   VW Golf TGP 2015 01 Copy

Keep an eye out for more comprehensive coverage from the event in print and online. Until then, peep results below and our gallery from the 2015 Continental Tire VW Golf Tuner GP.

2015 european car Tuner GP Presented by Continental Tire
Auto Club Speedway Infield Road Course

AWD CLASS
Pos. # Car, Name, Best Lap
1 50 HPA Motorsports 2013 VW Golf R, Jeff Altenberg, 1:12.823
2 45 HPA Motorsports 2004 VW R32, Jeff Altenberg, 1:16.536
3 44 EuroCode 2016 VW Golf R, Ian Baas, 1:17.478
4 43 Parts4vws.com 2012 VW Golf R, Michael Potter, 1:19.158
5 52 Page One Automotive 2015 VW Golf R, Boris Said, 1:19.331
6 46 Euro Sport Accessories 2004 VW R32, Viken Kazanjian, 1:21.684
7 51 2015 VW Golf R, Sherif Hamid, 1:21.829

FWD CLASS
1 41 Emmanuele Design 2015 VW GTI, Thomas Emmanuele, 1:18.659
2 53 EuroCode 2015 VW GTI, Ian Baas, 1:19.086
3 49 Euro Sport Accessories 2015 VW GTI, Raffi Kazanjian, 1:19.358
4 55 Auto Union Tuning 2011 VW GTI, Karla Pestotnik, 1:20.054
5 56 SW2 Tuning 2015 VW GTI, Sterling Sackey, 1:21.869
6 58 The ID Agency 2015 VW GTI, Brandon Scarpelli, 1:21.885
7 54 2015 VW GTI PP, Mark Rhodes, 1:22.146
8 42 VW of Murrieta/Pure Motorsports 2011 VW GTI, Joel Ofrecio, 1:24.777

EuroCode 2015 GTI 01 copy Photo 16/126   |   Eurocode 2015 GTI 01 Copy

Auto Club Dragway

AWD CLASS
# Car, Driver, Best e.t., Best MPH
50 HPA Motorsports 2013 VW Golf R, Jeff Altenberg, 10.720, 130.95
45 HPA Motorsports 2004 VW R32, Jeff Altenberg, 12.198, 120.19
51 2015 VW Golf R, Sherif Hamid, 12.802, 103.85
44 EuroCode 2016 VW Golf R, Ian Baas, 13.090, 112.72
43 Parts4vws.com 2012 VW Golf R, Michael Potter, 13.509, 102.53
52 Page One Automotive 2015 VW Golf R, Mike Febbo, 13.523, 100.37
46 Euro Sport Accessories 2004 VW R32, Viken Kazanjian, 13.791, 105.32

FWD CLASS
55 Auto Union Tuning 2011 VW GTI, David Marsh, 12.848, 113.70
54 2015 VW GTI PP, Mark Rhodes, 13.116, 112.50
53 EuroCode 2015 VW GTI, Ian Baas, 13.296, 109.49
41 Emmanuele Design 2015 VW GTI, Thomas Emmanuele, 13.425, 109.94
42 VW of Murrieta/Pure Motorsports 2011 VW GTI, Joel Ofrecio, 13.566, 109.56
49 Euro Sport Accessories 2015 VW GTI, Raffi Kazanjian, 13.791, 108.10
58 The ID Agency 2015 VW GTI, Brandon Scarpelli, 13.885, 104.59
56 SW2 Tuning 2015 VW GTI, Sterling Sackey, 13.934, 104.35

HPA Motorsports 2013 Golf R 01 copy Photo 17/126   |   HPA Motorsports 2013 Golf R 01 Copy
EuroCode 2016 Golf R 01 copy Photo 51/126   |   Eurocode 2016 Golf R 01 Copy
The ID Agency 2015 GTI 06 copy Photo 58/126   |   The ID Agency 2015 GTI 06 Copy
2015 Golf R 05 copy Photo 92/126   |   2015 Golf R 05 Copy
Euro Sport Accessories 2004 R32 05 copy Photo 126/126   |   Euro Sport Accessories 2004 R32 05 Copy
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