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    Road Atlanta 2014 – Global Time Attack Pro Round 1 By Justin Banner

    Images provided by Amanda Gift Snaps Studio | Rommel Estrada Motolyric | Tony Parrish | MCV Imagery

     

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    It’s the world class circuit of the United States where many of the world’s fastest come out. From TUDOR United Sports Cars to SCCA to AMA; Road Atlanta plays host to the leaders in motorsports and it’s why it’s always an honor that Road Atlanta is home to the first round of the Global Time Attack Pro Series. Drivers came far and wide, records were rewritten, and the weather held off for a great day of Time Attack!

    Tony Parrish

    It’s always great that so many drivers show up from many parts of the US to battle in the Global Time Attack series but we can’t be Global without drivers from other countries showing up. We had our friends from the great north of Canada show up and show off the fastest cars from their side of the boarder. We had many of our west coast drivers make up the 45 plus car field. Will Wattawongkiri, Roy Narvaez, Mark Jager, and Rob Walker all made the 3,000 mile journey to set fast times at Road Atlanta.

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    One driver doing the double of Formula Drift and GTA was Tyler McQuarrie in the Platte Forme AG BMW M3 in John Player Special colors.

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    Another driver doing double duty was Rob Walker, but instead of two different disciplines, he was in two different Scion FR-S chassis: Evasive Motorsports’ and Mackin Industries.

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    However, why do so many show up to Road Atlanta? What is it about this track that makes it special? Well, for one you can’t beat the scenery as you drive the circuit.

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    Looking around the course you get to see green grass that grows along rolling hills of the red Georgia clay. The trees give you a unique sense of speed that you can’t get at many California tracks. The elevation changes are varied from steep going up the famous esses to the shallow grade leading up and the downhill going into the turn 10 a/b complex.

    Tony Parrish

    Then there is turn 11, a blind right hand corner that leads downhill at near full throttle that creates a sense of fear that no video game or simulator will ever replicate.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    While there is the fear of turn 11, it’s usually turn 10a that gives drivers trouble. Not only are you coming off of a long straight, but downhill as well. A driver who’s able to maximize their braking will do well here and those who don’t will end up in the gravel pit with lots of flair. Unfortunately, Vorshlag Motorsports driver, Terry Fair, got to see that first hand. He and the car were able to drive away but not without giving their splitter to gravel gods of racing.

    Tony Parrish

    Fortunately, as incidents are concerned, there weren’t any huge crashes like Daniel O’Donnell’s from 2013. Daniel was back out with an Enthusiast Class Evo 10 thanks to Fortune Auto but their real monster is coming. The only other incidents other than the Vorshlag Mustang were a Camaro that kissed the tire barriers with its nose and a fire under a SRT-4 of Lindsay High. Other than those three, there were the typical spinouts of driver’s pushing their tires to the limits of adhesion.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    There was also dedication of our drivers that came out in force for Road Atlanta. Roy Narvaez brought his Nissan GT-R all the way from SoCal only to have an engine bearing failure. He didn’t give up and found a Dodge Challenger R/T with a V8 and stick to still compete in Enthusiast RWD.

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    Alongside him was Miles Gunther in his Toyota Corolla. Miles didn’t just change engines but also rebuild the replacement engine all in the pits and in 4-hours! That is serious dedication.

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    At the end of the day, between Trans Am, Formula Drift, and rain; 46 drivers were able to put down laps and set times in their respective classes. 4 GTA Records were broken in Enthusiast AWD, Limited FWD, Limited RWD, and Unlimited RWD.

    Tony Parrish

    Daniel O’Donnell took home the win in Enthusiast AWD with a new GTA Record of 1:43.113.

    Roy Narvaez took home Enthusiasts RWD in the Challenger with a 1:49.783.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    In Limited AWD, Joe Ascoli turned in a time of 1:32.289 for a class win in the Evo MR.

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    Candian driver, Will Au-Yeung and his center spline Acura RSX Type-S took home a win in Limited FWD with a 1:34.113. He also set a new GTA Record for Road Atlanta.

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    Cody Kishel brought out a Chevrolet Corvette from MTI’s contingent of 3 different ‘vettes. His was able to not only win his class of Limited RWD, but take home a new GTA Record for Limited RWD at Road Atlanta.

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    Cali-native Mark Jager turned in a 1:33.407 in his Yimi Sport Subaru for a Street AWD class win for his first ever time around Road Atlanta.

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    Richard Burge’s time in Street FWD win was set with a classic Honda Prelude and a time of 1:53.084.

    Tony Parrish

    Dan Kang and his Lexus IS300 turned in a time of 1:39.207 for first place in Street RWD.

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    The ultra-prepared team of Raceco brought their A-game to Road Atlanta. Their Nissan GT-R set a time of 1:26.652.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    Doug Wind was the sole competitor in Unlimited FWD but was able to set a time of 1:45.773 in the Modern Automotive Performance Dodge SRT-4.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    Reese Cox, the man from Georgia and MTI took home the win in Unlimited RWD and set a new GTA Record with a 1:24.901, which also gave him the overall win with the fastest time of the weekend of all classes.

    Rommel Estrada Motolyric

    Road Atlanta’s Global Time Attack is in the books. Our next Pro round will be at the famous Buttonwillow Raceway for the GTA/Super Lap Battle. We’ll see you there!

    Enjoy all of the pictures from our family of talented photographers below.

    Images above by SNAPS Studio Amanda Gift

    Images above by MotoLyric Rommel Estrada

    Images above by MCV Imagery Matt Viramontes

    Images above by Tony Parrish










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