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Las Vegas Motor Speedway set the scene for the second Super Lap Battle event of the year as we inch toward the 2010 Super Lap Battle Finals in November. In conjunction with the time attack action, XDC held their drift competition for would-be drift superstar-hopefuls to get their Formula D license, along with Remix putting on a car show for the local 702 enthusiasts.
In typical Las Vegas fashion, we set out to make this event a title fight, bringing the heavyweights together in each class to go head-to-head with each other. For the Unlimited Class, we had the AWD-powerhouse, Crawford Performance in their Subaru STI match up with the Unlimited FR record holder, Cricket/FX Motorsports in their Acura NSX. At last year's SLB Finals at Buttonwillow, the FX team was able to get a 1:45.247 with Crawford a few tenths behind with a 1:45.552. During the off-season, the guys at FX took some time to refine their NSX and it really showed with them getting the overall win with a blistering time of 1:43.145. The Crawford team, on the other hand, had other projects to work on, so their GRB hadn't seen action on a track for the past seven months. Even with the downtime, they were still able to post a very respectable 1:48.714 for 2nd place overall and fastest Unlimited AWD.
Battle Of The Ffs
While we had planned to match up the look-alike EGs owned by Tage Evanson (Ksport/Hasport) and Loi Song (Sportcar Motion), respectively, things didn't work out quite as planned. On the very first session, the Sportcar Motion EG had to pull into the pits without a lap time. Turns out the last event they ran in, the oil pump started to fail so when they took it out for the warm-up lap at this event, it completely died and starved the motor of its much needed oil. Even though Tage didn't have a direct competitor to go against he went out to test a new front aero design. It still has some dialing-in to do, but he was able to record a time of 1:53.620.
Taking a cue from boxer, Manny Pacquiao, the Evasive Motorsports team has been training to move up a class to Unlimited AWD after holding the Limited AWD title from 2007-08. With a last-minute dropout by the UMS team in Limited AWD, we asked the Evasive guys to move back down to the Limited AWD class to match up with AQ Motorsports' Subaru STI. Evasive had their Evo setup for Unlimited Class tires, so most of the weekend was spent trying to dial their suspension in for the harder tires that the Limited Class requires. After making numerous suspension changes, Evasive was able to pull off a 1:52.740 but were edged out at the end by AQ's STI, which pulled out the win with a 1:52.527.
With a one-year hiatus from competition, Nils Leufven brought out his street-driven Evo 8 (current Super Lap Battle Street AWD record holder), keeping it old school as he drove his car on the street to the track without a trailer in sight. To go up against Nils, we had a newcomer to the scene: Zenkai Motorsports and their Subaru STI. This was the first time the Zenkai car had seen the track, and in its debut event, was able to post a 1:55.960, just edging out Nils' time of 1:56.278. After this close contest, we know that the Street AWD class will be the class to watch at this year's SLB Finals in November. - Elliott Moran
|1||Cricket/FX Motorsports Development||Billy Johnson||1991 Acura NSX||Unlimited FR||1:43.145|
|2||Crawford Performance||Thomas Smith||2010 Subaru Impreza STI||Unlimited AWD||1:48.714|
|3||AQ Motorsports||JC Meynet||2006 Subaru STI||Limited AWD||1:52.527|
|4||Evasive Motorsports||Michael Chang||2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX RS||Limited AWD||1:52.740|
|5||KSport/HASport||Tage Evanson||1995 Honda Civic||Unlimited FF||1:53.620|
|6||Subaru Zenkai Motorsports powered by Crawford||Thomas Smith||2008 Subaru Impreza STI||Street AWD||1:55.960|
|7||Robispec/AMS performance||Nils Leufven||2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII RS||Street AWD||1:56.278|
|8||Evasive Motorsports||Tim Kuo||2002 Honda S2000||Street FR||2:03.305|
|9||SportCarMotion - MAR Financial Inc||Renzo Marsano||1994 Honda Civic CX||Limited FF||DNF|
|10||UMS Tuning||Anthony Szirka||2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII||Limited AWD||DNS|