With Redline’s Time Attack series continuing to show growth across the U.S., the time was right for them to go international by bringing their show to Montreal, Canada, a city with a rich motorsports history. With help from TRAC Racing, whose race shop is on-site at the Autodrome St. Eustache, Redline had the makings of a great first step to expanding their series to include their neighbors to the north.
Autodrome St. Eustache isn’t a track with the pedigree of Mosport or Mt. Tremblant, Canada’s premier road race courses, but with its close proximity to Montreal and its tight and technical 1.7km long 10-turn design that includes several interesting features like the steeply banked carousel and a tight “bus stop” chicane as well as a deceptively quick s-turn at the end of the front straight it presents plenty of challenges for even the most skilled drivers. The track is quick rough in places as well, which added to the challenge the teams faced when setting up their Time Attack machines. Several teams, including AMS, opted to remove their front splitters rather than risking damaging them on the bumpy entry to the “bus stop” or the jump entering the “dog leg” bend that leads into the oval infield section of the course.
Apparently AMS knew what they were doing, since they dominated the event in record-breaking fashion. The previous track record for a closed-wheel vehicle at St. Eustache was in the 57-second range, but with hot shoe Mark Daddio behind the wheel the AMS EVO shocked the local competition by posting an astounding 54.754. We haven’t been able to confirm it ourselves yet, but from what the local experts told us the open-wheel Formula car track record is in the 55-second range, so the AMS EVO is literally the fastest machine on four-wheels to ever complete a lap around the Autodrome. There’s only one word that can adequately describe AMS’s performance at this event – badass!
The other big story from the weekend was that Robert Fuller of ROBISPEC, who made the long haul from his home base in southern California, having suffered a tow vehicle breakdown along the way. But somehow he still managed to show up with an EVO 8 that trounced the competition in both the Street and Modified groups, posting class winning times of 58.926 on Nitto NT01’s in Modified trim and a 1:00.889 on Bridgestone RE-01R’s in Street trim. So I guess the AMS boys will have to share badass status with Robi after all!
For all the results from St. Eustache and to see when the next Redline Time Attack event is, go to www.redlinetimeattack.com