I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but I had a great time at Round 6 of the Redline Time Attack at Englishtown New Jersey.
The DSG crew headed down to New Jersey in a big way for this event with myself in the RASpec Impreza in Modified, Bill and Ramana handling the 240RS Maxi in Unlimited, Nick in the Honda Accord for street class and our friend Tony representing in the Evo X in Stock class. Nick L. also came down with his Integra to represent with a big DSG sticker. Matt came down to handle the ECU tuning, and Scot arrived to prepare the suspension setups. We shared our pits with Jeff, Rachel and crew from 240SXMotoring with their 240SX unlimited car. A small group of “Friends of DSG” also drove down for the event to hang out and provide support.
photo by Darien Nguyen
Anthony Perry did us proud at his very first track event. He won his class by 5 seconds, then took a 1 second penalty for tires that were wider than the mandated 255 width for stock class. The Evo X has minimal modifications, springs, tune by DSG’s Matt Koestner and a cat-back exhaust. His times put him into mid-pack of the Modified class.
When “street class” really is street class… Nick Grabau at his first track day of the year breaks of the cobwebs and drives the 200k mile Accord to another great finish. Nick finished mid-pack of street class with about 200 less whp than any of the other competitors. There are several videos of him reeling in some big power Evos with the Accord. This was probably one of few “street” cars actually driven to the event.
The track was fairly short and tight compared to other tracks that Redline visits. It was also a fairly slippery surface due to the rain.
With Ramana at the wheel, Bill and Scot worked hard to tune the suspension for better handling most of Saturday.
Around noon, the track had collected a pond in the center, and the fans in the grandstands were growing impatient with the rain and bored by the lack of on-track action. The Redline staff, ever creative in their use of track time decided to coordinate a “TRUCK TOUGE BATTLE” with the tow-vehicles from the various race teams.
The participants were James from the Takata Time Attack Impreza, Sherif from Forged Performance and Bill from Dent Sport Garage at the helm of Rons Ford F350 Powerstroke Turbo Diesel. There were a few other “participants” but one was a cheater in a small SUV.
On Sunday the practice sessions were wet, with the clouds clearing around noon for the time attack.
Overall, the time attack was fought hard, and there was more carnage than usual. The Element Tuning Impreza WRX STI blew an oil line with enough smoky drama to make a volcano proud, the Takata Time Attack car blew up 4th gear and possibly their 5th engine of the season, and the DSG 240RS Maxi broke a timing chain.
Later in the afternoon, spectators were treated with a time attack TOUGE BATTLE by the top teams. In this format, two cars would take to the track, first car would take 1st position and both cars would make 2 hotlaps with no passing allowed. This is followed by a lap in which they trade places for 2 more hot laps. An aggregate time is calculated to see who the winner is.
For this competition the PTuning Scion tC was pitted against the DSG / visual assault RASpec Impreza.
The RASpec took the initial lead position and was able to eek out a multiple car length lead on the PTuning Scion in the tighter back section of the course – where more grip was available to the AWD car.
We didn’t stick around to see who won, but rumor has it that technically the math says the Scion won. We’re not sure who did the calculating or exactly how the rules work. We’re happy to say the fans enjoyed it.
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