Formula Drift 2013 Round 2 Road Atlanta : Global Time Attack

Back with the second part of Formula D Round 2 coverage.  This time we are gonna share some of the photos from the Global Time Attack even that was held along side the drifting. I went in with the mind set to cover the Global Time Attack more this year.  Mostly because most of the drivers were local and like the drifters they put in just as much time and money into the sport. 

We had planned to get their every morning at 8am and catch all of the action, and we also had planned on getting a hotel closer to the track so we would not have to take the hour and a half trip back to our houses every night.  But i never made it up there before 9:30 both Friday and Saturday, the field was pretty small so we  still got majority of the drivers on track.  We spend a lot of time around slammed non functional cars its great to be around the same type of cars that are built to perform and run hard.  

Global Time Attack is doing a good thing by taking a grassroots style of Motorsports to professional tracks, and they make it really easy for anyone to jump on in and start their racing career.  We recommend anyone that is looking to start getting into Time Attack check out Global Time Attack and join the community. 

Photos by: Jon Davis – Jason Scott – Joseph Dale

Donald Squirek’s Miata from Rspeed Motorsports  ran a 1;53 placed 3rd in Enthusiast RWD class.

Doug Wind’s SRT4 from Modern Performance in Limited FF rand a 1:34 , set a new record and finished 1st.  Doug’s SRT4 won last years GTA Limited FF class, looks to be on the way to taking it all home again this year.

Daniel Walters S2000 from Deft Motion ran a 1:41 placed 3rd in Street Rwd.

Dyson Pham ran a 1:42 from Im In Trouble Racing and placed 4th in Street RWD.  The Hondas were very well represented during the event, they got more track time than anyone with out any breakdowns and set some good times.

Vince Spadea’s Lexus IS300 from ZEN Motors ran a 1:38.2 placed 1st in Street RWD.  Zen Motors was disqualified last year because of forgetting to have a catalytic converter, but came back and did very well.

Tony Szirka’s Mitsubishi Evo from UMS Tuning/UMS Racing  ran a 1:31 and placed 2nd in Unlimited AWD 

Travis Barnes 03 WRX from Snail Performance ran a 1:32 and placed 3rd in Unlimited AWD.  Travis took a spill early in the day at Turn 2 and 3, but handled it very well and did not hit the wall or damage the car.  And managed not to get any dirt on the track.  

Istvan Klang’s 06 Subaru STI ran a 1:37 in the Street AWD class 

Whit Staples Mitsubishi Evolution from Fortune Auto/Atlantic Motorsport ran a 1:29 and set the fastest time of the day and took home first in Unlimited AWD.  Whit was tearing it up in the Evo, it was not a surprise to see him place 1st in the Unlimited AWD class and set the fastest time for the day.

Phil Grabow’s Scion FR-S from Element Tuning ran a 1:43 and placed first in Enthusiast RWD class

Andrew Meeks Integra Type R from WE-Todd_Did_Racing  ran a 1:51 and placed 3rd in Limited FF class

Cooper Pierce’s 94 Honda Civic from Cooper Racing ran a 1:44 and placed first in Street FWD and set a new track record.  One of the favorites of the day was Cooper and his EG hatch.  He really gave it hell on the track.  The coolest part was that he drove the car from Kansas competed won, set a new record, and drove the car home….bravo! 

Steve Ruyan’s Nissan 350Z from SOHO motorsports ran a 1:45 and placed 6th in Street RWD class

Robert Paszkiewicz’s Acura Integra ran a 1:27 and placed 2nd in Limited FF class.  Robert’s Integra was powered by a stock B18B and held its own.

Joe Ippolito’s Nissan 370z from Z1 Motorsports ran a 1:39  

Sharif Abdelbaset’s GTR from Forged Performance ran a 1;30 in Exhibition.  

Daniel O’donnel’s Mitsubishi Evo 7 from Professional Awesome ran a 1:31 in the Limited AWD class.

Daniel O’Donnel took a bad spill off the high speed Turn 1.  Turn 1 is a really high speed turn that can make or break your lap, coming off the front straight you want to push it to the max to keep your straight speed throughout the turn.  Daniel caught a bit of the outer turn and lost it into the barrier.  Daniel was not injured at all and walked away from the accident.  At the end of the event some of the drivers that won prize money, donated their winnings to Daniel.  All of this went on as 98% of the crowd was watching top 16 FD qualifying as a true sign of class and sportsmanship.  

Austin Cabot’s Scion FR-S from GT Motoring / Challenge USA ran a 1:48 in the  Enthusiast RWD class

Pierre Paniagua’s Nissan S14 from BRE Motorsport ran a 1:48 doing test and tune with their new LS7 setup.  Pierre was pretty much cruising around the track and breaking in the new car.  I really wanted to see what it could do in full force.  

Kevin Parlett’s G35 from SOHO Motorsports ran a 1:48 in Limited RWD,  only ran a few laps and had some issues with the car.  Kevin Parlett made his return back in the G35 that was wrecked last year at the same event.  His day was really short with some minor gremlins so we never got any solid pictures of him on the track.  

Tony Wiesenhahn’s Subaru WRX faced some crank issues early in the day and never saw much track time after the first few runs on friday.

That covers our Global Time Attack coverage for now.  We had planned to follow the series down to Palm Beach like last year.  But they are skipping Palm Beach this year. The next stop for GTA is Button Willow Springs, so if you are out that way and are interested in getting involved check out GLOBAL TIME ATTACK.  We hope that GTA can grow and have more events we really need more of this.

 

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Joseph Dale SF Owner/Editor Born in Houston, Texas Lives in Atlanta, GA Mazda Lover