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 Redline Track Events: Round 2 Race Report - Firebird Raceway

By Laura Heng

 

Redline Track Events made its way down to Firebird International Raceway for Round 2 of the Circuit Battles, Pro Time Attack, MotoIQ MPTCC, and Lotus Cup Races.  Though bad weather and a busy motorsports weekend resulted in a lighter turnout than usual in some of the classes - the weekend still treated fans to tight individual on-track battles and a number of record breaking lap times.

 LG Corvette Lou Gigliotti circuit battle timeattack

Lou Gigliotti made good on his promise to return with 100 more HP.  His Corvette was making over 700hp at this event and took it all the way home for the win in the Circuit Battles competition.

As the race teams began showing up for Saturday practice they were met with heavy rain and most opted to sit out and wait for the weather to clear up.  The front straight at Firebird utilizes the actual drag strip where top fuel cars and the like lay down two paths of rubber.  The rain combined with the layers of rubber on the straight made for an extremely slick surface that claimed a few front bumpers and made for more than a few close calls.   

 ABF Tech Division Mini Cooper Dez Ballard Circuit Battles Time Attack
Dez Ballard in the ABF Tech Division Mini Cooper suffered a broken tranny during Saturday's practice.  By some miracle they were able to locate a used tranny and get the car back in contention the next day.

 

In the Pro Time Attack series 2009 and 2010 Redline Time Attack Champion, Clint Boisdeau in the Apollo Performace Ford Focus and Apollo Performance Subaru WRX broke both street FWD and AWD records in the same event.  A feat that has never been done before.  Hats off to Clint and the crew at Apollo Performance who have really paid their dues to get to this point.

 

 Clint Boisdeau Ford Focus STI record breaking
Clint Boisdeau was able to break two records in one event.  The street AWD & FWD records now belong to the Apollo Performance Subaru WRX & Ford Focus.

 

UMS Tuning Mitsubishi EVO Anthony Szirka Time Attack
 UMS Tuning, Mitsubishi EVO with driver Anthony Szirka, takes 1st in the Super Mod AWD.

 

KSport Acura RSX
The KSport, Acura RSX ran unopposed in the Super Mod FWD Class for the win. 

 

 

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Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 7:55 AM
I could probably write a small page of all the neat stuff I learned from this event while working with the Redline crew, meeting the drivers/teams, etc. When the episodes start airing on Versus, it should be must see TV because as much as I got to witness was AMAZING!

If any of you ever wondered/worried about Cosworth stuff, which you shouldn't have in the first place, the Fontana 350z and its Cosworth V6 will make a convert out of you. Simply amazing and without that extra pony power, Lou doesn't win that battle!
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:20 AM
The Fontana 350Z is putting out 550hp NA? what fuel are they running?
JDMized
JDMizedlink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:12 AM
I saw the Fontana 350Z two years ago at Willow Spring.
Immaculate work, a true race car ! It really doesn't get any better than that.
Now, if they participate in EVERY event, and get more consistent, they might have a shot in the RWD Unlimited class.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:29 AM
@warmmilk - I'm 97% sure that all of the Circuit Battle race cars are running race fuel.

@JDMized - I saw no indication that Fontana had any intention to run their cars in the Time Attack portion. The wheel2wheel racing is going to get most, if not all, of the TV time. Despite my love for Time Attack, I'll totally admit the MPTCC and Circuit Battles was very exciting to watch. VERY!
Laura Heng
Laura Henglink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:30 PM
# warmmilk - The Fontana 350Z is putting down 420 whp and is running C16 leaded race gas.

Laura Heng
Laura Henglink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:32 PM
# Der Bruce - the battle between Clint in the Focus & Robert in the Eclipse was actually very cool to watch. Every time I saw them they were jousting for position. Pass Re-pass Pass Re-pass. Really cool!
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12:43 PM
Laura - Absolutely, I feel bad I didn't get a chance to introduce myself at the event. I only saw you briefly and introduced myself to Martin over at the Lotus group while we were collecting transponders. He was taking pictures. The battle between Clint and Robert was great, especially on the last stretch when Robert screwed up and Clint almost caught him to the checkered! Clint's earlier and only pass before the final straight was also pretty epic!
spdracerut
spdracerutlink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:19 PM
Paul Brown was driving like an animal in the Circuit Battles! Lars Wolfe in the WORKS Evo and Tarzan in the Garage GT Evo were giving it everything they had too. Watching them in the twisty backside of the track, they would catch up to whomever they were racing, but loose ground on the straight. They both need more power to play in this crowd. Hopefully they'll both have that for the next round.
warmmilk
warmmilklink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:45 PM
I was under the impression that the Z was around 420 also, but the quote under the first pic on page 7 says about 200 less than the LG vette, which is putting out 750...
spdracerut
spdracerutlink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:05 PM
@warmmilk, 550crank, 420whp, give or take.
JDMized
JDMizedlink
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 10:20 PM
Is the Fontana 350Z still using the VQ35 or they switched to the new VQ37HR?
I don't know how much R&D Cosworth did on the new powerplant but I would assume the new VQ37 could held more power.....
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