2 days of Big Willow action all ending with success!
Well our road to Superlap began in the beginning of October. Our Silver Car from last year decided to give up and throw a rod out the front of the block ending its life spilling its guts out all over Craig Peyrons wind screen.. lol
Our silver car, which we set the record with last year, was dead and the Owner did not want to continue with the project. So at the last minute we decided to bring my white car back to life. It had mods which did not fit within street rules so we had to mix and match parts from the Silver Car to the White car to make the best package possible. A week and a half later we were ready to test out at Willow Springs.
First time out at WSIR we ran a 1:29.0 which our Qstarz counted as a 1:28.8. It was amazing considering the fact that our turbo gasket failed during practice and were only pushing about 22psi ( 28psi is our Tune ). With the data gathered from testing we were able to estimate some times for Buttonwillow and were extremely pleased with what we saw.
So we went out for 3 test days at Buttonwillow with nothing but testing and tuning in mind. Each practice, our driver, Brian Bengali, became more comfortable with the car. Every day was a different story as far as trial and error but by the Final practice day we were on record pace and ready to defend our record.
Throughout the weeks between the moment we chose to run Superlap and the day we finally did, our eyes were solely on Mr. Mark Jager. He was the man to watch. We had as best possible surveillance on him as we could. Every track event he went to we made sure we had someone watching his every move as well as the components on his car. We made sure to know who he was and what he was running. If we had the budget, we would have a satellite tracking his times as well as a drone with spyshots when the car would be worked on.. LOL
Of course during this time we were all being secretive. We went as far as to delete and block him on popular social media. This was nothing personal its just the way things need to be when in competition. Did it pay off? We don’t know. But its funny to know these things later on when the dust is all settled.
Our Morning practice session went by very quickly but we were able to scrub in our new tires and set a respectable time to be on grid in a favorable spot. First Time Attack Session we were able to reset the Street Tire AWD and Overall Street Record to 1:53.068. We had nothing but smiles and we began with the high fives and hugs….. Our Celebration was cut short when one of us saw Mark Jager Pass the Finish line with an extremely close 1:53.100 on our Stopwatch. The time was so close we needed to go to the Timing Station and verify what just happened. Up in the Timing Station was both Mark and Paul waiting to see what they ran. It took about 4-5 minutes to get the time sheet however the anticipation made it feel like 3 hours. Once we saw our official times, we knew the battle was ON. All this around 10:30am. The whole day ahead of us was nothing but seriousness and trying to improve. Next session we went out and could not run faster than a 1:53.5 or so. The track temps were rising so we weren’t sure if it was possible to go any faster. Mark’s time did not improve either so it was a small sigh of relief. After lunch we decided to sit out our 3rd Time Attack Session because track temps were now in the 100 degree area. When the session was gridding we all went up to the pit wall with our stop watches ready to see what Mark can do. As they came around after their Warmup lap, Mark was not at time attack speed but slowing down and limping back to the pits. We didn’t know what was going on but thought possibly his intercooler pipe may have popped or something minor which can easily be fixed. When we didn’t see him come back out we were a little confused but the day went on. As we adjusted wing angle and some alignment we heard a rumor that Mark may have broken his Tranny. Not being the one for rumors we just brushed it off and focused on the last and final session. About 10 minutes before going into the final Session Mark and his Tuner Paul show up at our pit to congratulate us on our victory. They Confirmed that they were having some kind of Drivetrain problems that they could not fix. They were nothing but humble about everything and expressed their congratulations towards us very respectably. With that we felt the victory ever closer. Once our last session was over, we did not improve. With the track temp at 107 degrees it was not possible to get the grip we had in the AM. Once it was all over and the Champagne was sprayed it sunk in that we now have the fastest car and driver that has ever been around Buttonwillow CW13 on Street Tires. No one has ever been this fast in this class. More so than all, we were extremely impressed with Mark and his Team and his accomplishments this year. We ourselves were amazed to be able to stop the Freight Train that was Mark Jager of 2013.
With temperatures soaring over 100 degrees throughout the day the competitors would have their work cut out for them to figure out the right combination to be able to keep themselves cool, their cars running optimally, and lay down a great lap on demand. Redline helped out competitors listening and understanding their concerns via their Facebook group and changed the Time Attack time to earlier in the day to help try and get everyone on track in somewhat cooler temperatures.
A new record was set in AWD Enthusiast Class as well as an Overall Enthusiast Class Record thanks to Craig Peyron and his Robispec 2006 Subaru STI, he was able to get his car around the track in 1:58.332 with a fresh set of Hankook RS-3’s, the time Craig was able to put down was even more impressive considering he was able to accomplish it during the afternoon time attack session where the temperatures were at their highest! This then makes you wonder what Craig will have in store for us later this year. This also marks Craig’s 5th straight Redline Time Attack victory this year as well as his 4th straight Enthusiast class overall win. You can check out all the Time Attack records on www.timeattackforums.com.
Another record that was in jeopardy was the Enthusiast RWD from Amir Bentatou, in the morning practice session he was on pace to break the record but with the addition of the extra heat he fell just off pace but still was able to take 1st place in class with a 2:01.024 in his 4 door M3.
Jason Lee came out in his 2007 Honda Civic SI poised to take a 1st place finish in Enthusiast FWD and he was able to push his Godspeed car on Hankook RS-3’s to their extreme and take home the victory. Although his tires had some excessive heat cycling and the overall heat we expect Jason to see about cracking into an Enthusiast Class record in the near future so make sure to keep an eye on his progress via his Facebook racing page.
Here are some laps from Jason and make sure to follow him on YouTube:
Will Wattanawakiri started out the time attack exactly where you never want to, with an injured car! In the last practice session on Saturday he started feeling the car down on power and noticed he was getting some light indicators on his dash. So Will went to work during the night to see if he could breathe fire back into his 240 beast. Will the help of other teams and a few handy zip ties he was able to get the car running enough to go out on Sunday and put in 1 hot lap! Just how time attack is supposed to be ran, so with his single lap he was able to get a 2:00.725 which was good enough for the win in Street RWD, although he expected for far better times Will was content to outcome.
Street Class AWD was once again dominated by Mark Jager and his Yimi Sport tuned 2006 STI, he was able to put a 1:55.210 lap time in the morning TA session on his Hankook RS-3’s. Which was good enough for the AWD Street class crown as well as the Street class overall victory. This makes it 5 out of 5 events for the Jager Racing Team in AWD Street Class and the Street Class Overall.
Here is a video of Mark’s winning lap:
photo courtesy of Byron Yoshida Photography
Another 240 had a great showing with Adam Knapik behind the wheel from FRSport, putting down the fastest time of the day from the entire field with a 1:54.762 which earned him the Modified RWD Class Champ as well as Overall Event Champion utilizing the Hankook TD’s as his tire of choice. This car is even more impressive as it changes from grip to drift on a regular basis competing in the Top Drift Series.
Right on Adam’s bumper was Zhong Cheung in his FFTec 2006 Evo which he daily drives! Zhong was able to put in a 1:54 in his morning practice session on his new Hankook TD’s but struggled in the TA session to get a good lap in leaving him with a 1:56.361. Although he was able to come back in the afternoon session and put in a 1:55.167 with all the heat he was only able to complete one lap before he had to shut it down leaving him just out of reach of Knapik and the Overall Mod Class victory, but Zhong did take 1st Place in AWD Modified Class. Making this his 3rd AWD Modified class win of the season.
Clint Boisdeau had a good showing in Frank Chen’s BM Autosports EK Civic hatchback with a 2:00.770, this car tends to get an abundant amount of attention based on it being a type R and right hand drive. Clint is a long time TA driver who has piloted many AWD and FWD cars over his career and always is an intense competitor as well as a great sportsman.
Don Pastor is a fan favorite with his Valencia European E36 BMW, letting his driving do all his talking and his driving did quite a bit of it! He was able to walk away with a RWD Unlimited Class and Overall Unlimited Class Victory with a 1:56.907. Although his car is still is a very developmental stage he continues to impress along the way with great times as well as putting together Super Session victories and maybe a few doughnuts along the way.
Overall it was a Hot event in more ways than one, with 36 competitors many looking to break records despite the devastating effects of the heat which Buttonwillow continually pushed onto competitors each did what they could but only one was able to accomplish. Congratulations to Craig Peyron for his astonishing performance and congratulations to all those who competed.
Our good friend Martin Choi answered some questions for Redline Time Attack and how the series is going so far this year.
Car: 2012 Nissan 370Z
Class: Enthusiast RWD
Car Name: 50 shades of black
Engine: VQ37VHR, Stillen Gen3 Long Tubes Intake, ARK DT-S Exhaust, Momentum Headers.
Suspension: M7 Coilovers, Whiteline F+R sway bar, SPL PRO, Front lower arm bushings, front impact bushings, rear camber links, rear traction links, Kuckly monoball bushings,F+R sway bar end links, Subframe Bushings, Differential bushings.
Random info: First year doing Time Attack
Specs: Recaro Pole Positions, Schroth 6 point Harness, The R’s Tuning Harness Bar, Racepak IQ3 DASH+Obd2 Datalogger, Qstarz LT-Q6000 Lap Timer, Stillen Front Bumper, Seibon TS CF Hood, Seibon NSM Spoiler, Project Mu Club Racer F+R brake pads, Project MU G-Four brake fluid, SS Brake Lines, Setrab 34 row Oil Cooler, Setrab power steering cooler, OS Giken LSD,
Corner3 Garage www.corner3garage.com
SPL Pro Suspension http://www.splparts.com
M7 USA http://www.m7japan.com/m7usa/
Source Total Car Performance https://thesource-usa.com
CounterSpace Garage http://counterspacegarage.com
Nissan Motorsports http://www.nissan-motorsports.com
Which is your favorite track?
Martin-Buttonwillow Raceway Parkway
Best Brp time: 2:02
What’s your favorite perk driving with Redline Time Attack?
Martin-This is my first years competing and doing Time Attacks so it’s great to see friends at the track and compete against them as well.
What is your impression of how this years Redline Time Attack is going?
Martin-I think they are doing a pretty decent Job actually, just doesn’t sound like a lot of the GTA guys are running, which makes competition seem watered down.
What do you like about time attack?
Martin-The idea of time attack is perfect to get into motorsports as a beginner and be able to compete.
Check out more info on Redline Time Attack at www.redlinetimeattack.com
June 16th 2013 marks the day when a new Street Class Time Attack Record was set as Willow Springs International Raceway. The previous record was 1:28.8xx which has stood since 2009!
The new record was produced by Mark Jager in his 2006 Subaru STI with a time of 1:28.360 at the Redline Time Attack event. The entire team stepped up to prep the car and ensure that all items were ready on the hot summer day at willow springs. With temperatures pushing towards 100 degrees it would take a dedicated team to allow any sort of record attempt. With practice going well on Saturday, that is to say no off track excursions or any malfunctions the team was poised for a better set of Hankook tires to be put on the car so that the car could really hook up. Paul Leung from Yimi Sport Tuning was on hand as well as Paul Yim (owner of Yimisport) to ensure that the Tune was spot. Ken Kasitz dialed in the suspension setting up the alignment as well as the corner balance which Anthony from Vaughn Performance provided to allow the car to really hook up. With added feedback from Ken about the tracks conditions for the final Time Attack round approaching Shane Wiggins, Mike Bushrod and Joe Klee ensured the car was ready to go out checking over the entire car and setting up the tires enabling Mark to have the confidence he needs to be able to push it to these limits.
At the end of the lap you can see the reaction from the information the QStarz Lap Timer tells Mark by the excitement with a fist pump and a **** YA!
Now the question is will it be reset again when they all head back to WSIR in October with the better weather conditions?
Yimi Sport Tuning