Inaugural Global Time Attack Breaks Off Records at WSIR in Rosamond, CA - May 21-22, 2011

By Laura Heng, Photos by David Karey  

Global Time Attack just sat down at the table to play their part in the game of time attack.  GTA's first event went down this weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway.  GTA is headed by John “Nads” Naderi, one of the most colorful industry veterans you’ll ever find.  Nads cut his teeth in the industry as the grand poobah at Super Street Magazine back in the day and has been an industry mainstay for just about forever.  Inside his head we always get a different twist on things and he is bringing his own styling touches to the sport of time attack. Who else but Nads would award a set of steak knives as the 3rd place prize.  And instead of spraying champagne at the podium some drivers were spraying Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

The field of competitors was looking thin in some classes however organizers were quick to point out that this event was an invite only affair and their focus was all about bringing the quality vs. quantity.  GTA was correct with their VIP invite strategy as 4 time attack records were broken with only 18 cars in contention.  Almost one in four cars were breaking records that weekend which goes to show that you don’t need big car counts to put on a successful record breaking event.  


The infamous 1500hp Need for Speed/World Racing Unlimited GT AWD Scion tC fell victim to electrical gremlins during a non-competition outing.  We can't wait until the Scion is able to go head to head with the GST Impreza which was looking great this weekend. 

GTA also played host to the largest ever cash prize payouts for a time attack event, over $10,000 in payout and contingency money was given out to the racers for finishing position.  In addition record bounties and wildcard prizes for other items were awarded as well.  

Four individual time attack track records were broken at the Global Time Attack:

Unlimited GT AWD - Jeff Westphal - GST Motorsports/Hankook Tire Subaru Impreza - 1:19.397

Unlimited GT FF - Chris Rado -Need For Speed/WORLD Racing Scion tC - 1:22.312

Limited GT AWD - JC Meynet -OMG Racing/Toyo Tire Subaru STI – 1:23.141

Street GT RWD - Mike Bonanni -Berk Technology/Hankook Tire BMW 135i – 1:29.041

Driver of the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza, Jeff Westphal took home the biggest prize winnings of the day totaling $2000.  $1000 for fastest overall time of the event, $500 for 1st in class, $200 for the Unlimited AWD Track Record Bounty, and $300 in AFI Turbo Contingency bucks.


The GST Motorsports Impreza was completely rebuilt in the offseason.  They were able to easily break the Unlimited GT AWD record despite only turning two laps under full power.  

The GST Motorsports Impreza may look the same but upon closer inspection you'll notice that there have been some major changes.  The roofline has been lowered almost 3 inches and the driver is sitting about 3 feet back. Mike Warfield and crew at GST were hard at work in the offseason with upgrades that include a dry sump system for better oiling and less windage losses at high RPM, a pedal box to move the driver and his weight back past the centerline of the car, and much improved aerodynamics.  Their new dry sump system was having some issues with crank case pressure which would have been an easy fix at the shop, but with the limited tools at the track Jeff R. and Keith the Pirate at GST were able to temporarily fix the problem using some trackside ingenuity.  They fabbed up a catch can using two Gatorade bottles, complete with baffling, bulkhead AN fittings, and stainless steel lines.  You can't call it crazy because it worked!

Chris Rado and his Need for Speed/World Racing FWD Scion tC was on fire this weekend!  He also ran great times in his FWD dual winged beast and reset his own record in the Unlimited GT FF class.  The smoke you see is actually just oil burning in the exhaust due to what we believe was a badly lifted head.  1500hp has its drawbacks.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:03 AM
Where was SSE? No invite for the fastest team in Time Attack?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:47 AM
It is my understanding SSE had a conflicting Ferrari Challenge event.
Matt Dennison
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 5:03 AM
Great write up Laura and even greater job on taking home the victory with track record...! Congrats to all of those that made it on the podium... Did I mention I need front aero now, Turn1 said they needed...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 5:51 AM
There was a Ferrari Challenge event up at Laguna Seca this past weekend also. When you're paid to watch over two race cars in that series, you go.

Matt, great seeing you out at the track!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:28 AM
Great write up as always Laura!

Have to correct something though, whilst The pirate had is hands in all things being rigged the credit for the over-engineered gatorade 1 lap bottle falls squarely on Jeff R!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:46 AM
Nice write up Laura!
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:05 AM
Yes, SSE was at a Ferrari Challenge event. Otherwise the EVO is in a mid-development stage at the moment anyhow and would not be able to make it even if there was no FC race.

Great write up Laura. When you say that individual time attack track records were broken, did you forget about Billy Johnson in the FX motorsports NSX back in 2009? From Redline Time Attack @ WSIR from May 31, 2009:

1. FX Motorsports/Cricket NSX, 1:18.555, Billy Johnson, Yokohama slicks

2. Sierra Sierra EVO 8, 1:20.454, Jonathan Bomarito, Hankook C91

3. C-West S2000, 1:20.838, Tyler Mcquarrie, Hankook C91

Sure, Billy's time was on slicks, but still is a unlimited class time attack track record. I'm sure GST would have gone quicker with more boost. Mike never cranks it up until he has to.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:42 AM
haha that picture of me is hilarious.

Rado was smoking there because they lost a turbo Saturday morning. JC's STi broke a whole slew of parts in the shortblock that I believe all started with a cracked cylinder wall letting water into the chamber.

here are the top time attack cars at WSIR after last weekend if anyone wants to know:
Der Bruce
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:01 AM
Laura: Total props for the Bergenholtz reference! You'll notice that Rado has the front spoiler oriented in an F1 or Indy configuration on his new car. MUCH nicer!

Someone needs to tell Casey that exhaust off his turbo is killing the aero on his S2k.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:34 AM
I would have thought SSE would step up to the plate and battle it out with GST and World Racing, but they are showing up to Redline next weekend where they will EASILY dominate with no competition. I love time attack, but just going for the track record with nobody else to battle against, is pretty boooooring to me. Am i wrong to assume SSE has different teams for Ferrari and time attack? If so, why didnt SSE show up at GTA? Questions questions questions!!!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:42 AM
SSE has one crew that oversees the maintaince/setup/race support/etc of the Ferrari's as contracted by two car owners, and also oversees the TA car. And as Eric mentioned, the TA car was not ready yet regardless.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 10:58 AM
Yeah i believe i missed that critical piece of information. It would be necessary to have a working car :P
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:22 AM
So SSE is going to RTA this weekend? Where did you hear that?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:23 AM
Its on their schedule. http://www.sierrasierra.com/schedule
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:49 AM
Eric would know better than me but I am betting that schedule is about as much use as a chocolate ash tray on a motorbike right now.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:56 AM
Your thoughts sound about right the more i think about it. Congrats at GTA btw.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:06 PM
Thanks, you know what they say "Better to be lucky than good!"
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:09 PM
I very seriously doubt SSE will be out this weekend. Mike where do I get a chocolate ashtray?
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:24 PM
Chocolate ashtrays for everyone! SSE will not be making it to RTA next week.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:32 PM
Sorry Jamal it's one of those comments that my old man used to use towards me typically phrased with something else like "Your as much use as a fart in a space suit"
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:19 PM
Mike: Congrats on the win, although, I'd rather have your good than my luck! I knew the GST looked different and then I read about the chop top. Old school, NICE!
Laura Heng
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 3:32 PM
Thanks guys, it was a great weekend of racing.

GSTMike - added corrections for the true mastermind behind the baffled dual Gatorade bottle racing bits.

Eric Hsu - I didn't forget about the old records set back in 2009. The Unlimited AWD & FWD records were broken at this event.

GST took the UNL AWD record only, Billy still has the UNL OVERALL + UNL RWD.
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 7:52 PM
Ah I see. My bad, I didn't catch that.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:20 AM

AQ Motorsport/OMG Racing with JC driving were the only guys to not only break their division record (Mod/Ltd awd) but were the only team to break their overall class record. The previous Street and Unl overall records did not change. The Carlos shirt was the special edge needed.....
Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:04 AM
Great write-up Laura! Good seeing all you maniacs over the weekend. Hey Eric, is SSE going down under again this year for the World Time Attack Challenge?
Eric Hsu
Eric Hsulink
Friday, May 27, 2011 4:33 AM
PeeWee: That is being determined at the moment. We'll see...
Friday, May 27, 2011 10:46 AM
Snail Performance would've won the Cadillac Eldorado if they had the Glenngary leads. :)

Coffee's for closers only!
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