GST Motorsports Impreza L
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Global Time Attack’s “Superlap Battle” at Buttonwillow, California was the birthplace of Time Attack in the United States, and is recognized World Wide as one of 3 premier Time Attack Events. Jeff Westphal rejoined with his former team, GST Motorpsorts to dust off the cobwebs on their multiple track record holding Subaru Impreza L and have a go at the DOT tire (tires recognized by the Department of Transportation or street legal) record at the 3+ mile Circuit in Southern California.
Westphal and GST haven’t run the Subaru affectionately named, the L in 2 seasons, yet the car has gained some aerodynamic improvements since their last outing. “Buttonwillow is the holy grail of Time Attack in the US, and a tough event for GST in the past. We haven’t had the best luck with the car here in recent attempts at the record, usually mechanical issues seem to culminate at this place” explained Jeff. “We arrived 1 day early to put some miles on the car and shake her down, understanding what all of our changes have done, a chance to make improvements on the tire management of the car, and hopefully iron out any issues that will crop up” said Westphal
It seems like the hard work was worth it, as the L put down a 1.41.8 in the first session of the event that was just .8 seconds off the current record with a fair bit left in the car. Run 2 and 3 were aborted for various reasons, traffic being a major part, which left Westphal one attempt in the last session of the day for glory. He warmed up the car, and set out for his flier lap, crossing the line with a blistering 1.38.9, setting a new AWD record, as well as an overall DOT tire record around Buttonwillow, and winning the event overall. Only one car has made a faster lap to this date, but on a proprietary set of qualifying slicks that cannot be purchased by the public, nor are they legal on the street.
“It feels awesome to deliver the result to the GST guys and all of our partners, this event is historically challenging for us yet we emerged victorious for all of our longstanding partners, which is the best thank you of all!” elated the Californian.
Professional Awesome Evo 8
Jeff also hopped in Professional Awesome’s new Mitsubishi Evo 8 for a single lap in their Limited class car, and subsequently set the new record for the limited class tire (140 tread wear and up) as well at a 1.44.0, winning the limited class overall to boot.
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