The Redline Time Attack series visited the Summit Point, Shenandoah circuit for round 6. The track with its interesting paving and lack of grip bit back claming at least 6 (2x S2000, 2x EVO, 1x BMW, 1x Scion) major crashes the track and a few close calls.
Spirits were high going into this event but we knew there would be tough competition ahead of us with the Topspeed team, Robispec, DTM, and Forged.
James keeping the sponsors happy and setting tire pressures.
Element Tuning had one of those close calls. The story of the weekend was to either run the “jump” or to run the chicane. After the street and mod classes refused to run the chicane the unlimited guys decided that we would run the jump to ensure that the overall win stayed in the “unlimited” class. I was braking before the jump in the practice sessions to simulate running the chicane and not jumping the car but in one session I jumped it. I must have landed on one wheel because I bent the tie rod and broke the tie rod end link. Luckily I maintained control around the carousel which took out a number of cars.
Lucky for us our number one competitor Topspeed gave us a set of tie rod ends from a Whiteline kit and salvaged our weekend. You’ve heard this story time and time again and really we all try to help each other get to the main event. Thanks, Doug! Eddie and James from the Element crew went to work on replacing the tie rod ends and set the alignment the best week could. The bump steer corrections were off with this kit which made for a different feel but I managed well enough. What we failed to notice was that the wiring harness going to the ABS had rubbed the tire during the accident and tripped the ABS fault. Having very little experience racing without ABS I locked them up through the tricky 11-13 section and ran off into the grass. The track was certainly taking its toll on us and the other competitors.
At the end of day one we were lucky enough to slice our way through traffic to run a 1:32 in practice setting the fastest time of the day. On race day I elected to not even run this car in practice for fear that the track was still out to get me. LOL! I instead to the time to get some practice in our “Street” class 2008 WRX.
We didn’t have much time to get this car setup but it has an assortment of Element Tuning goodies: Hydra 2.6 EMS, GT52, Hydramist, Uppipe, Header, Downpipe, 950cc injectors, and has an STi intake manifold so I can run an STi TMIC. I’m currently running a set of off the shelf BC coilovers with some custom spring rates we were able to source at the last minute while we wait on the custom valved set. This car was raced at 19 psi on pump gas with the Hydramist using Dunlop Z Star Spec tires. As you can see we’ve fitted a 2008 Sti front bumper and fenders to the 4 door WRX. As soon as we can get some fiberglass side skirts we’ll have them molded in for a clean look.
After practice the OEM rear brake pads were gone and we were again scrambling for parts. To the rescue were some AutoZone Duralast brake pads that didn’t fit. LOL! Eddie was off to Chris Rado’s rig to grind them into shape. After that and some hand filing I had a car to race.
Doing double duty by racing two cars had me sweating but for the first competition this car did well and I was just edged out by a 10th or two by the Robi Spec EVO for 3rd place. Only being 2 seconds out of first place (1:40 to winning 1:38) I see no problems putting this car into the winning form. This is my true daily driver, baby seat and all. LOL!
For the Unlimited class and overall win, it was going to be an all Subaru show with TopSpeed running a 1:33 in there first time session to our 1:31. Both of us were sandbagging a little saving the cars for the main event but the goal was to break into the 1:20s. As we set out for the last time session it was obvious the track was in really bad shape (debris and fluid every where and the outside lines full of marbles) and the extra power added proved to be difficult to hook up. Having escaped disaster twice in one weekend I really wasn’t able to drive the car to its full potential and like Doug has mentioned, this track requires restraint. You’ll see in the video as I exit turn one where I lost the race to Luke Russell who posted a lap time 4/10ths quicker than our 1:30.xxx.
We put up a good effort and despite the setbacks came out with a strong finish, 2nd overall and only 4/10ths out of an overall victory. With our car at 2880 lbs it’s time to get serious if we want to win the overall so the car could stand to loose 200-400 lbs to run with the winning teams’ weights. Congratulations to all the winning teams and we’ll see you next time.
06 STi Mods:
Element Tuning Hydra EMS
Element Tuning Hydramist water injection
Element Tuning Time Attack Engine
Element Tuning Big Valve Heads
Element Tuning GT65 Turbo Kit
Element Tuning Fuel Surge Tank
Element Tuning 3″ SS Exhaust
1000cc Fuel Injectors, rails, regulator
TurboSmart E-Boost 2
TurboSmart Megasonic BOV
JIC Custom FLT Suspension
JIC Rear Lateral Links
JIC Rear Trailing Arms
Seibon Carbon Doors, Hood, and Trunk
Clutch Master’s Clutch, Element Tuning spec
Prodrive GC010 and GC050 18×9.5 Wheels
Hankook SC91 and SC71 275/35-18 Tires
StopTech 355mm brakes
Cusco rear diff
6 Gun Ball Joint Extenders
Element Tuning Hydra EMS
Element Tuning Hydramist
Element Tuning 3″ SS Exhaust
BC Coilovers (custom spring rates)
TurboSmart Dual Port BOV
TurboSmart Boost Tee
Whiteline Sway Bars
TR Motosports Wheels 18×8
Dunlop Z Star Spec 245/40-18
Brembo Sti front brakes
STi Intake Manifold
Modded Stock injectors