Global Time Attack Shift S3ctor Pro-Am Details:
- October 19, 2013 season finale at Willow Springs, CA
- Ride along in Matt Dennison’s 500hp 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9
- Fastest lap of day: 1:26.820 by Ultd. AWD #24 Snail Performance Subaru Impreza
- Tony Szirka UMS Racing Evo wins unlimited class
These events are about going fast as you possibly can, it’s about breaking records.
22 registered cars from around the region and neighboring states made the journey to Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA on October 19th for the round four Global Time Attack (GTA) Shift-S3ctor 2013 season finale. Unlike the more costly and established GTA Pro Championship, the GTA Pro-Am series allows local-region up and comers a chance to battle the clock and rise through the ranks in a more grassroots format. The famously fast Big Willow is the 2011 birthplace of Global Time Attack and location of this meeting.
Jason Dienhart, Global Time Attack CEO, “The GTA Pro-Am is lower cost, space isn’t limited, there is no prize money but we give away trophies and are focused on getting new people into time attack. It’s a little bit more of a grassroots situation. To grow the sport and be a purveyor of time attack we felt working with Shift S3ctor was a great idea. These events are about going fast as you possibly can, it’s about breaking records – that is what time attack is about.”
Pro-Am series uses a points system for each of the four classes: Enthusiast, Street, Limited and Unlimited. As an added bonus, points winners from each class get a free entry/invite into the Source Interlink hosted Super Lap Battle event. Run session times are 20-30 minutes each with five to six sessions a day, depending on event.
In an effort to bring likeminded drivers together and increase exposure GTA teamed up with track day provider Shift-S3ctor Jason Dienhart, Global Time Attack head, “Today, we have the fourth and final round of the GTA Pro-Am with Shift-S3ctor. The Shift-S3ctor guys do an airstrip attack event at the Coalinga Airport, CA – it gets a lot of attention, it’s really cool. They do four track days a year. Earlier this year we got together and decided apart from the two major time attacks GTA does (Road Atlanta with Formula Drift and the Super Lap Battle with Source Interlink at Buttonwillow Raceway) we would also have some local filler events and collaborated. Our first one was at Buttonwillow in February earlier this year, Round 2 and 3 were at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway and now the fourth one here at Willow Springs.”
Participants ranged from local tuners to established shops and time attack nuts. 2013 Pro-Am unlimited class series winner Tony Szirka of UMS Tuning in Mesa, AZ set the pace in an Evo while GT-Rs, BMW coupes, Corvettes and a Porsche GT Cup car took turns attacking the long straights and elevation changes of Big Willow.
Not every Pro-Am season finale team was out for podium. Others joined in to test and tune. Ken Suen, GodSpeed Project S14 Nissan 240SX owner and time attack street FWD class record holder, showed up to break in a new JDM ride, “This is a limited rear-wheel drive class car with a Toyota 2JZ-GTE in it making about 430hp on a Garret turbo. I’m still running my FWD Honda car. This is actually my company’s car. It was meant for drifting but we decided to take it out to GTA for a first time ever shake down today. We’ve found a couple of issues and are running 1:35s right now – heating and boost issues. We were hoping to run at least 33s.”
We also had the opportunity of riding shotgun with a time attack veteran and Speed Ventures track instructor. During the final session of the day, we strapped up in Matt Dennison’s track-dedicated Evo 9:
“I drive a Garrett turbocharged 2006 Mitsubishi EVO 9 with 500hp on a E85 tune from Road Race Engineering. This car runs the Street AWD class with Federal 595RS-R tires (255x40). I’ve been time attacking my specific car since 2008. Granted I love teams sports but this is just you verse machine, tarmac and environment so you’re able to put the petal to the medal and hopefully steer it straight.
My best time here at Big Willow is low 1:30s. Today though its test and tune with all new aero and suspension bits so really not trying to kill the time today. My car is mainly setup for Global Time Attack and I will be at this year’s Super Lap Battle. Professional Awesome has been helping out with brakes and Robert Fuller of Robispec has been doing all the suspension work for these KW coilovers.”
The full session ride along offered a glimpse into the speeds and driver skill found within this series. It is a dance between brake markers, corner traction, and keeping a correct line under wide-open throttle. For tuners looking to benchmark not only their skills but also the modifications made to a car, time attack is for you.
BEST TIMES OF PRO-AM FINALE
Ultd. AWD: Travis Barnes #24 Snail Performance Subaru - 1:26.820
Ultd. RWD: Stephanie Cemo #43 Corvette - 1:30.995
Ltd. AWD: Alex Lewandowski #9 JDM Factory Evo - 1:31.137
Ltd. RWD: Clint Boisdeau #61 Godspeed AEM DTM Autobody Nissan - 1:32.569
Ltd. FWD: Craig Utter #46 JDMSpeedshop Honda Civic EG -1:35.337
Str. AWD: Mark Jager #148 Yimi Sport Subaru - 1:27.569
Str. RWD: Will Wattanawongkiri #107 Nissan 240 Wattanawongkiri Racing - 1:28.189
Str. FWD: Thomas Smith #133 H1 Performance Honda Civic - 1:36.744
Ent. RWD: Powei Huang #79 BMW M3 - 1:34.563 3
Ent. AWD: Michael Jantz #88 Subaru - 1:34.252
1. Tony Szirka UMS Racing Evo - 64 points
2. Travis Barnes Snail Performance Subaru - 50 points
3. Kyle Schick RaceCo Nissan GT-R - 36 points
1. Don Pastor JMP Autoworks - 61 points
2. Alex Lewandowski JDM Factory - 59 points
3. Ricky Kwan R’s Tuning GT-R - 28 points
1. Will Wattanawongkiri Nissan - 84 points
1. Powei Huang BMW M3 - 31 points