Round Five of the 2012 Global Time Attack Championship is in the books. The time attack action at the 1.36-mile 8-turn Texas Motor Speedway infield road course broke records, cars and hearts.
The Enthusiast Class at TMS was stacked representing almost half of the entire 20-car field. Richard Dickey gave the Fiat of Ft Worth Redneck Racing Fiat Abarth Assetto Corse a workout and his 46.317 was enough to take the FWD division. Dickey also took home a lion’s share of the special $400 cash purse presented by Fiat of Ft Worth.
One of the most thrilling battles of the entire weekend marked the continuation of long-standing rivalry, that of Mitsu vs. Subie. Markos Mylonas continued to push his Snail Performance/Forced Air Technologies Subaru WRX in each session finally improving to a 41.375. But it was not enough. Jeff Tan and his Evolution Dynamics Mitsubishi Evo X took the division win with a 41.267 lap, a mere .108 of a second faster than Mylonas’ best lap.
Doug Wind brought out his Modern Performance Dodge SRT-4 and his 40.597 lap was good enough to take Street FWD. This was also the seventh fastest time of the entire event! Wind’s win (say that five times fast) also puts him firmly in the lead of the Street Class Championship Chase, breaking a long-standing tie with Daniel O’Donnell and his Professional Awesome Evo 7.
The Forced Air Technologies Snail Performance alliance brought four cars to TMS and in addition to the Tan vs. Mylonas battle in Enthusiast AWD Taylor “Dr. Koby D. Kone Killa” Wilson and his FAT Snail Subaru WRX found himself in a battle for the Street AWD crown. Joshua Dunn and his Evolution Dynamics Mitsubishi Evo 9 put down a 41.078 to hold the lead in this division. In the very last lap of the very last session Wilson put down a 40.493 to take the win. It was only a .585 differential but that was good enough. Looks like the Subaru fan bois can chalk up another win in the war with Mitsubishi.
Texas time attack fans were hoping to see Dave Norton and his Limited Class Championship Chase-leading Spec Clutch S14 at TMS until a pre-race service revealed irreparable damage to the car’s coilovers prompting Norton to bring a back up. His supercharged Z06 was a last minute replacement. But the daily-driven street car was not the ideal time attack platform. The Corvette’s FMIC blocks the radiator and while fine on the street it caused overheating issues on the track. GM’s electric nannies also prevented Norton from completely disengaging the traction control, again good for the street but not for the track. While Norton’s 42.485 is fast for this street-driven Chevrolet but the Limited Class driver has promised that his S14 will be back on track in time for Buttonwillow.
Tim Schoeppner brought his True Form Racing Mitsubishi Evo 9 out to Texas from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Schoeppner tells us his 4G63 makes about 475hp drinking E85 on a low boost setting. On high boost the car can make well over 500hp although the nine is on the portly side at a touch over 3,000lbs with Schoeppner inside. Schoeppner runs Nitto NT01s because he says its the only tire he’s ever used. What does all this mean? How about a 39.439 lap time to win Limited AWD, which was also the Fourth fastest time of the entire event.
Terry Fair’s Vorshlag Motorsports specializes in European cars but recently he’s begun to push into the domestic market. After watching his Ford Mustang go 39.975 to win Unlimited AWD and set the Fifth fastest time of the event, we’d say he’s starting to get the hang of these modern muscle cars.
Chris Rado and his 1,000hp Scion tC were noticeably absent at Texas. In fact this was the first GTA with Rado’s WORLD Motorsports team on the grid. The WORLD crew have been hard at work on some big projects that will debut at SEMA leaving them no time to prep and travel to Texas. While Rado was missed this GTA round did have a big debut in the form of Tony Szirka’s UMS Racing Evo 8. Szirka removed some 200lbs from the Unlimited AWD car and shifted some of the mass rearward. While Szirka and his UMS Racing team were still working out some of kinks on his heavily revised Evo constant tweaking over the weekend saw Szirka make steady gains ending the weekend with a blistering 37.858 to put him in Second place in U-AWD and also give him the second fastest time of the event.
Once again it was Jeff Westphal and the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza that topped the timing charts at Texas. Westphal’s 35.079 blast was the fastest time of the entire weekend by a large margin. Team principle Mike Warfield was hard at work on the L adding aerodynamic tunnels to the Unlimited AWD car’s undertray in advance of this round. Warfield promises that his car will have an even potent powerplant to match the improved aero in time for our GTA Finals at Buttonwillow.
At Texas another treat came from the good people at Fiat of Ft Worth who presented a Fiat Driver’s Cup Challenge. The dealership, which boasts the largest inventory of Fiat Abarths in the country offered up a sharp little Fiat 500 in which some invited drivers were let loose on the infield road course. Think of it as a Top Gear Star in a Reasonably Priced Car knock off only with a much, much better car.
Here are the times from the TMS:
P1 – Jeff Westphal – GST Motorsports – 52.586
P2 – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink – 53.197
P3 – Doug Wind – Modern Performance – 53.349
P4 – Tony Szirka – UMS Racing – 53.722
P5 – Chris Mills – Deatschwerks – 53.891
P6 – Nads – GTA – 55.456
P7 – Patrick David – Synergy Turbo – 57.326
P8 – Bob Apodaca – GTA – 58.857
A complete review of the event in addition to an image gallery and video playlists will be posted soon. Full results from Texas are posted here and you can see the updated Championship Chase standings here. The 2012 Global Time Attack Championship Finals will take place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in conjunction with the Super Lap Battle on November 7. Will more records fall? Of course, it’s what we do at GTA.
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