Like drag racing and land-speed racing, one of the lures of time attack (at least as a fan) is watching how much can be done with a production vehicle – either as an enthusiast- or street-level machine or as a challenger in the less restrictive Limited and Unlimited classes. What most people don’t realize is we’re in a golden age of race car development, where formerly staid conveyances are transformed into over-the-top competition monsters capable of stomping on a previous generation’s accomplishments. If you follow Global Time Attack (GTA) you see this often, and it happened again recently at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., during Round 2 of GTA’s 2015 campaign.
Rick MacPherson in the Unlimited AWD class DBW Motorsports Nissan R35 GT-R put down a flying lap of 1:42.385, which we’re told is a new high mark for a production-based time trial car on NOLA’s 11-turn, two-plus-mile circuit. The orbit was some 0.6 seconds faster than the next best, Tony Szirka’s 1:42.949 in the UMS Racing Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8.5 also in UAWD, and more than 1.3 seconds faster than Cody Kishel’s 1:43.651 in the Limitless Racing Corvette Z06, which was tops in Unlimited RWD.
Other class leaders included Kevin Parlett in the BC Racing North America/Z1 Motorsports Infiniti G35, who won Limited with a 1:54.935. Dysen Pham ruled Street class in the Deft Motion Honda S2000 with a lap of 1:54.646, while the Enthusiast class’s sole competitor gets credit for being its fastest, Mitch Flores behind the wheel of the Team Solo Volkswagen GTI MK7 with a 2:26.092 flyer.
GTA was part of the 2015 NOLA Speed & Style event, which is not unlike a handful of other events that have risen to prominence over the last few years. The enthusiast festival offered something for everyone; in addition to GTA, there was a seven-acre autocross/drifting track, 15,000 square-foot indoor VIP car show area, 50-acre outdoor car show area, karting track, and bouncy houses for the kids.
The series now turns its attention to the next and last big affair of the 2015 Global Time Attack championship, Super Lap Battle, which is presented by Continental Tire and the Super Street Network and on tap for November 11 and 12 at the renowned Buttonwillow Raceway Park near Bakersfield, Calif. You can bet we’ll have a ton of coverage from the event, and if you missed Round 1 of the season at Road Atlanta you can check out our recap here.
Global Time Attack Round 2 2015
NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La.
1. 01:42.385, Rick MacPherson, DBW Motorsports Nissan GT-R
2. 01:42.949, Tony Szirka, UMS Racing Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8.5
3. 01:56.356, Yo Keutla, SubiSpeed Subaru WRX
1. 01:43.651, Cody Kishel, Limitless Racing Corvette Z06
2. 01:48.874, Phil Grabow, Element Tuning / BC Racing NA Scion FR-S
3. 01:49.583, William Kitchens, IDB Racing BMW M3
4. 01:51.491, John Jacobs, FT-86 SpeedFactory Scion FR-S
1. 01:54.935, Kevin Parlett, BC Racing NA / Z1 Motorsports Infiniti G35
2. 01:57.501, Joshua Garcia, Voodoo Racing Toyota Corolla
3. 01:58.960, David Norton, SPEC Clutch BMW 135i
4. 02:02.541, Jeremy Boysen, JB Autosports Porsche Cayman GT4
5. 02:06.805, Andrew Bonham, Team Gnarly Nissan 240SX
1. 01:55.772, Cooper Pierce, Guess Work Honda Civic
2. 02:07.968, Kameron Lopez, Order 66 Scion tC
3. 02:08.511, Fernando Sosa, Levisa Engineering Honda Fit
4. 02:11.917, Austin Cabot, SlipAngle 2014 VW TDi Wagon
1. 02:02.423, Shaun Dickson, Pompeii Motorsports Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8
2. 02:02.900, Taylor Wilson, Forge Motorsport Audi TT S
1. 01:54.646, Dysen Pham, Deft Motion Honda S2000
2. 01:58.223, Joe Ippolito, 2J-Racing Scion FR-S
3. 02:01.289, Lance Fitzhenry, Nissan 240SX
1. 01:58.468, Ian Bass, APR Motorsport VW Golf R
1. 02:26.092, Mitch Flores, Team Solo Volkswagen GTI MK7