The 2009 American time attack season is now behind us. Following the Super Lap Battle at Buttonwillow on Wednesday, the Redline Time Attack series wrapped up their season at California Speedway over the weekend. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get out to Fontana for myself, as I was up in the Bay Area for the Hellaflush meet. You can expect some Hellaflush coverage later today, but first I'm going to finish my Super Lap coverage from Buttonwillow.
If you were to make a list of the world's most scenic race tracks, Buttonwillow Raceway just might be at the bottom of the that list – unless open fields and Interstate 5 are your idea of nice scenery. That being said, there's something kind of interesting about watching race cars shoot across Buttonwillow's featureless landscape…
Whether it's being recognized by the NHRA Hall of Fame, competing for a Formula Drift Championship, or running time attack events, the Bergenholtz brothers have been doing it all. Their RX8 drift car might not have been able to compete with the purpose-built super lappers, but the car looked right at home on the track.
It looks like the Volk TE37's on the Import Tuner/Tein Z34 just barely cover the car's giant Project Mu brakes. Like a lot of machines the wheels have actually been "inched-down" to accommodate high performance rubber – in this case Falken Azenis.
Matt Andrews once again showing what the original NA-chassis Mazda Miata is capable of. The little Miata turned in a 1:55.763 competing in the Limited FR class.
Matt's car wasn't the only Miata running, This fastback-equipped NA was also running in the Limited FR class.
A better look at the rear diffuser on the Hasport Civic. Pretty wild…
Brian Lock's Unlimited class R35 GT-R would turn in a 1:49.336 for the day's sixth fastest overall lap time. Not a bad showing at all considering the GT-R's weight disadvantage versus its competitors…
This BMW 135i was one of just a handful of non-Japanese cars competing in the event.
JC Meynet took third place in the very competitive Limited AWD class driving the AQ Motorsports (formerly Harman Motive) Impreza.
Finishing just a couple tenths ahead of the AQ car was Tim Kuo in the Evasive Motorsports Evolution.
Besides the Evo, Evasive also brought their S2000 wearing brand new Voltex aero. The S2000 would end up setting a new Street FR class record with a 1:56.762.
I can't stop myself from posting more photos of the AMS/Nos Evo. It just looks so mean…
The same goes for the 5Zigen Accord, front spoiler and all. I wonder if it made any noticeable differences to the car's performance?
Besides driving the AQ Motorsports Impreza, JC Meynet also drove the JHPUSA S2000, taking the top spot in the Limited FR class with a 1:55.024.
Another simple and functional EG Civic, running in the Limited FF class.
Another cool find in the paddock was this early model WRX on WMB-finish Emotion XD9's. There were TONS of WRX's at the event, but for some reason I liked this one (even thought it wasn't running on the track).
I'll finish with this shot of the AMS Evo sporting a nice coating of Buttonwillow mud and dust.
Alright, that does it for my 2009 Super Lap coverage.
Until next year!