|Posted by Realtimeattack on November 27, 2010 at 12:13 AM|
Who ever said east coast car culture doesn’t compare to west coast was flat out wrong! Although the Super Lap Battle and Redline Time Attack have all but banished east-coasters from competition,The Real Time Attack is on board to provide nail-biting stopwatch glory for Atlantic born hot shoes. With promises of extensive media coverage, realprizes, and timing transponders for the 2011 season, The Real Time Attack isfilling the Time Attack void here on the east coast. Their demo event held at Raceway Park’s road course November 7th 2010 was packed full of diehard racing enthusiasts sporting everything from track-capable street cars to caged wheel-to-wheel race ready machines.
Honda Challenge drivers from the northeast came out in full force including the Lo Buk racing fleet off weatherweight Hondas. Both weighing in around 2000lbs with driver, the ’85 CRX was packing a D16A6 motor sourced from the desirable ‘91 Civic Si, while the’84 Civic hatchback utilized an Integra LS B18B. Honda Challenge drivers Zypherand Stephanie Belski, having recently tied the marital knot at NJMP Thunderboltcircuit days before, chased down one another throughout the day.
This sport doesn't just bring thegrassroots competitors to the table. Their were several Porsche 911 Turbos in the mix running in the exotic-class. Equally exotic, but not nearly as costly,the field was packed with custom built forced-induced Honda chassis' from Civics to S2000. A supercharged S2000 - some of you may recall this car won the2010 NOPI/HIN Gymkhana competition at Raceway Park - driven by instructor R.Santos ran blistering fast lap after lap on Hankook RS3 tires.
The dual clutch transmission expertsat South Side Performance showcased Jeremy Rohcos’ 540 hp Mitsubishi Evolution X MR. Having recently competed at the 2010 Ultimate Track CarChallenge held at V.I.R. by Grassroots Motorsports, South Side Performance wasback on track looking to tackle the apexes at Raceway Park’s road circuit. The car’s GT35R turbo was breathing well sucking sub-50 degree air in the earlysessions. While blowing exhaust flames, Jeremy literally blasted past fansthrough the showcase banked-left-hander, all the while his BC Racing coiloversand Toyo R888 tires making short order clipping apexes.
Concerns of track itself were stifled when drivers realized the circuits technical nature is both safe andexciting. The course is not much shorter than the famed Lime Rock Park circuitand faster cars had clocked a puckering 140 mph on Raceway Park's mainstraight. Track safety is always a big concern and despite the rumors thecircuit has sufficient run off in many places. Raceway Park reports a stellarsafety record for it's in-house HPDE program stating that since the tracks opening in 2008 their have only been two minor incidents neither of which anyone got hurt.
As promised the media presence wasin place. Fueled Magazine, Local Scene Media (LSM), OMGDrift and Import2Race.com werealso on site to showcase the event. All in all, many drivers were pleased withthe demonstration and are planning their return for the 2011 competition season- but not before making the requisite off-season tweaks to their trackmonsters. Keep posted at RealTimeAttack.com for details on the 2011 seasonschedule.
Jake Namer & HamfistRacing.com