The time to shine has come and passed for those that stepped up to stake their claim for a spot in the final invitation-only round of the Time To Attack later this year, and the fastest will be lining up on the grid come December. Here's a real quick review of the event while we process the rest of the stats!
All eyes were on the time sheet, specifically the still-standing fastest time from the first round that was set in damp conditions and stood strong through the second round, even though track conditions were favorable for a faster lap time then.
This time around though, not only was the time beaten, it was grinded into the asphalt by the Kazama Autoworks Honda Civic Type-R that blitzed the Sepang International Circuit in a time of 2:28:249, obliterating the 2:30:421 that was set by Farriz Fauzy in the Links Nissan GT-R on a damp track during Round 1 of the TTA.
Right from the get go, it was obvious that it was only a matter of when, not if, Farriz's time would be smashed. Even the first round of hot laps produced times in the 2:32 range.
Fresh off the blocks, Ling Ken Ji in his time attack prepped Garage R Nissan Silvia S15 set a blazing lap of 2:28:720 that left the rest of the field in the dirt. But the Kazama Autoworks boys knew they had it in them and went all out in the final round of their group to get the top time.
It was the Final Session that netted them the 2:28:249 in a FD2-R Civic under the Time Attack Machines / Racecars category that was well prepared for the task at hand. Although it didn't sport a roll cage, the car was running on full slick tyres and had some choice engine mods to push up the power. The interior had been semi-stripped too for weight saving.
So as it stands in the Time Attack Machines / Racecars category, the fastest time belongs to the Kazama Autoworks' Civic followed by the S15 Silvia of Ling Ken Ji at 2:28:720.
The final class was the turbo and forced induction cars. If anybody had to hazard a guess on where the car to beat the fastest time would come from, they would have put their money on this class. Not only were the times so close to each other, they were consistent throughout the entire session.
Following the disappointment of the second round that didn't see anybody break the fastest time of the first round that was set in the wet, it was a blast to not only see the time finally broken but for such a large amount of the drivers to come close to it.
It was a delight to see the event live up to expectations. Check back soon for the final classifications on the Hall of Fame and more shots of the trackside action as we shift through the gigabytes of data and images, hang in there.
- Text by Dinesh
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