SRT Motorsports Pre-Race Report – Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas – SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with championship implications on the line during the penultimate round of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Lone Star Le Mans race weekend, Sept. 18-20.

Having finished ahead of the GTLM class leader in each of the last three races, the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer, comes to Texas second in the championship and just six points out of first with two events remaining. Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens are tied for third in the No. 91 Viper GTS-R and sit 20 points behind the leader.

The championship battle now turns to COTA, a track where both Vipers showed speed in 2013 – and where Bomarito and Wittmer finished second – in their first visit to the Texas track.

After struggling with the combination of setup and tire compound during Wittmer’s opening stint at COTA last year, Bomarito climbed into the No. 93 Viper for the final leg of the race as pit changes made the car come to life. In the final stint, Bomarito nearly overcame a 20-second margin and raced to as high as second, but he was unable to catch the leader before the race ended.

The No. 91 Viper with Farnbacher and Goossens finished fifth at COTA in 2013.

The Lone Star Le Mans, the 10th-of-11 events for the GTLM class on the 2014 IMSA TUDOR Championship schedule, will take place at 11:35 a.m. CDT at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday, Sept. 20. The race will be broadcast live at 12:30 a.m. EDT on FOX Sports 2.

SRT Motorsports Storylines for Circuit of The Americas

VIRGINIA FINISH: The Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs finished fifth (No. 93) and sixth (91) in the most-recent IMSA TUDOR Championship race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in August. By finishing ahead of the GTLM points leader at VIR, the No. 93 Viper is now just six points back in the standings. In an event that featured just the GTLM and GTD classes, both Farnbacher (29 laps) and Goossens (22) led race laps at VIR.

COTA COMEBACK: In the 2013 race at COTA, the No. 93 Viper and Bomarito made a mad dash to catch the race leaders and finish second. Bomarito overcame a near 20-second deficit during his run to move up to second. At the time, the second-place result in Texas was the No. 93 Viper team’s best finish.

STRIKING DISTANCE: With just two races remaining in the 2014 IMSA TUDOR Championship, the Viper teams rank second (No. 93) and tied for third (No. 91) in the GTLM team and driver championship point standings with 264 and 250 points, respectively. Bomarito and Wittmer are second in the driver standings with 264 points and sit just six points out of first, while Farnbacher and Goossens are tied for third with 250 points. After nine-of-11 races for the GTLM class, SRT is third in the manufacturer standings with 273 points, just three markers behind first.

ANOTHER STREAK: With their fifth-place showing at VIR, the No. 93 Viper team recorded its fifth-consecutive top-five finish, the longest such streak in the team’s history. However, Bomarito and Wittmer finished two positions shy of their fifth-straight podium result, ending a four-podium streak that was also the longest in SRT Motorsports’ three seasons of competition. The run of top threes included two dual-podium finishes (New York’s Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park).

SNAKES SHED SKIN: SRT Motorsports returned to the Dodge Viper’s classic livery during the Watkins Glen race weekend to honor the Viper’s racing heritage. Sporting ‘Viper Red’ and ‘Race White,’ the team has now recorded one win, one pole position and six podiums in the same colors worn by Dodge Viper entries that took the overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2000, a GTS class win in the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans, and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) championships in 1999 and 2000. The team will continue to utilize the classic livery throughout the 2014 season.

SRT Motorsports Quotes for Circuit of The Americas

Dominik Farnbacher, driver, No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
How was last year’s race in Texas?
“The 93 did well with its first podium there and the Viper felt good on the track. The track is really nice and it’s a proper Formula 1 track. Everything is very wide and it’s safe. With all the colorful curbs, it really looks like the Paul Ricard circuit in France. It’s a cool race track and it has everything – fast corners and it’s really technical. You have to find the combination between the slow corners and fast corners, a good setup and you have to have speed for the long straightaway. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s important for us to finish towards the top in every race now.”

Marc Goossens, driver, No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
Do you enjoy racing at COTA?
“We struggled a bit last year at COTA, I think it can be a good track for us, but we’ll need to make the car perform better this year. The 93 car was very strong there, which Jonathan proved at the end of the race trying to catch the leader. It’s a great infrastructure and a big event last year, I’m looking forward to going back there.”

Jonathan Bomarito, driver, No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
What do you think of last year’s race at COTA?
“COTA was good and was a really exciting race. We came on strong at the end of the race, ending up second. That was our best finish up to that point. I think if I would have had another lap or two, we would have had something for the win there, but it was a good result. We like the track and it suited our Vipers and we had a good setup.  Hopefully we can go back and make some more progress.”

How important are tires at COTA?
“Huge. Anywhere you go; tire wear and the compound play a big role and it was a hot weekend. There are so many corners there, so you’re abusing the tires pretty hard. The right tire choice and good tires at the end of a stint is crucial. I think that race was green the whole time, so we had no chance to cool tires down and save them. It was flat out and we saw some tires going away on some cars more than others. Fortunately, the engineers on the 93 Viper made some changes before my last stint and we were really good at the end.”

What makes COTA challenging?
“I think not losing a lot of time in traffic is very challenging; turn three through 10 are a bunch of switchbacks. It’s very fast and you get to the corners really quick in between, so you don’t have a lot of time or opportunity to pass slower traffic. If you catch a car exit of turn two and you can’t pass them, you can lose three or four seconds before you have an opportunity to pass that car again. Traffic can play a huge role at COTA and that’s an area where we made up time last year. When you’re leading the race, you can’t afford to take some of those risks and for us we we’re just catching up and doing everything we could and you can take bigger risks. That is a track where you can make up or lose a lot of time.”

Kuno Wittmer, driver, No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
How was last year’s race at COTA?
“Last year, I think we could have won. It was a short race and the same as this year – two hours and 45 minutes – and last year the team did a really good job preparing for an event that no one knew how it would turn out. There was a lot of pressure for that event. It’s the event before Petit Le Mans, so you don’t want to put the car at risk with Petit being a 10-hour race. The cars have to be ready. Last year once I handed the car over to Jonathan; it was just a matter of tire choices. I remember last year, the track temperature just skyrocketed and we had to change tires – different compounds – and that might happen again this year. It’s a hot one down there in Austin. This year, we’re winding down the season. We’re in a better position with the championship. The priority is the championship versus a win there.”

Is tire choice critical at COTA?
“Tire choice is a large factor. All the corners there are really, really high-speed. There’s a lot of tire deterioration and you have to plan for a hot race. You have to plan your specific rubber you want for that race. If it were a six-hour race, it would be pretty darn difficult. As a driver, it’s also a very physical track, but it’s also one of the nicest tracks on the calendar. It’s great to drive, the paving is beautiful, the run-off area is safe and the corners are very challenging. If you mess up in corner three or four, you’re not going to have the speed coming out of six because everything is tied together. I think it’s very technical compared to some of the other tracks.”

SRT Motorsports Team Lineup for Circuit of The Americas

No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
Driver: Dominik Farnbacher (Germany)
Driver: Marc Goossens (Belgium)
Lead Engineer: Bill Riley

No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R
Driver: Jonathan Bomarito (United States)
Driver: Kuno Wittmer (Canada)
Lead Engineer: Matt Bejnarowicz

Race Information

Name: Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas (race 10 of 11 for GTLM)
Date: Sept. 20, 2014
Time: 11:35 a.m. CDT for two hours and 45 minutes
Track: Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, 3.427-miles, 20 turns
TV Broadcast: FOX Sports 2 at 12:30 a.m. EDT
About SRT Motorsports
SRT Motorsports has partnered with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C., on the design and build of the Dodge Viper GTS-R race cars. Two identical Viper GTS-Rs compete in the production-based GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, where the various GTLM class entrants share many styling similarities to their showroom brands.

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707-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat ns EPA Highway Fuel-Economy Rating of 22 mpg

  • Ratings surpass those of many lesser-powered sports cars with price tags that
    far exceed the SRT Hellcat’s $59,995 starting sticker
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is most powerful muscle car ever

 

September 17, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful muscle car ever, now boasts a fuel-economy rating as compelling as the 707 horses hurrying from its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® Hellcat V-8.

Equipped with Chrysler Group’s segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Challenger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The new 2015 Dodge Challenger is the perfect street / strip muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge and SRT Brands. “As the fastest muscle car ever, the Challenger Hellcat can run 10-second ETs at the track, and then get 22 miles per gallon on the drive home. With a starting price of $59,995, there’s nothing else that even comes close.”

Added Bob Lee, Chrysler Group LLC Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering: “The collective benefits of the HEMI Hellcat engine and our newest TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission promise an extraordinarily rewarding ownership experience. If value is defined by the combination of price, performance and fuel economy, no car beats the Challenger

SRT Hellcat.”
The Challenger SRT Hellcat carves a unique place for itself in the lofty world of high-performance driving. Consider the price, output and 2015 EPA highway fuel-economy ratings of the following:

  • Lamborghini Aventador Roadster – $425,845; 700 horsepower; 18 mpg
  • Aston Marton Vanquish – $287,820; 576 horsepower; 18 mpg
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT – $221,580; 583 horsepower; 19 mpg

The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat benefits from content that is 91 percent new, compared with its 6.4-liter SRT cousin, better known as the 392 HEMI.

Engineered in-house, the Hellcat engine is designed for optimum durability in the face of the enormous loads that accompany its prodigious power. Its forged-steel crankshaft has induction-hardened bearing surfaces that contribute to its capacity to withstand firing pressures of 1,595 psi (110 bar) – the equivalent of five sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions.

The HEMI Hellcat further benefits from premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for thermal conductivity. These are topped by a twin-screw 2,380-cc/rev supercharger that features integral charge coolers and an integrated electronic bypass to regulate boost pressure to a maximum of 80 kPa (11.6 psi).

A separate low-temperature cooling circuit with two air/coolant heat exchangers integrated into the supercharger housing keeps air temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius), while enabling air flow of up to 30,000 liters per minute.

So effective is this feature that engine power will not be derated due to cooling demands, even after 20 laps of a grueling 3.1-mile road course where the ambient temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

The HEMI Hellcat does not lack for style, either. Its die-cast aluminum rocker covers echo the block’s Street HEMI Orange motif.

The car’s new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission boasts maximum engine-torque capacity that is 30 percent greater than any eight-speed previously offered by Chrysler Group. To ensure its responsiveness matches the demanding expectations of SRT customers, the transmission features one additional pinion gear in each of the 1st and 3rd gear sets, and five more clutch-pack disks – two in clutch E and one each in clutches A, C and D.

The defining benefit of the gearbox is its 7.03 ratio spread, which enables the powerful HEMI Hellcat to operate in its most efficient mode, more frequently.

Not to be outdone, the Challenger SRT Hellcat earns an EPA highway fuel-economy 21 mpg when equipped with its new-for-2015 six-speed manual transmission. The sporty gearbox boasts an internal cooling pump and external, vehicle-mounted oil cooler and its beefier 258-mm heavy-duty clutch affords easy access to HEMI Hellcat’s prodigious power.

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TOP TO BOTTOM TRUCK PROTECTION FROM XPEL

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Keep your truck looking better longer by protecting its two most damage-prone areas from daily wear and tear with XPEL’s durable paint protection film kits for rocker panels and bed rails.

To protect rocker panels from road and tire debris, XPEL’s Rocker Panel Guards kit safeguards this large, vulnerable area of the vehicle. Rocker Panel Guards kit contains nine inches by 30 feet of rugged  protection film which can also be used to shield doors, bed sides and fender flairs.

Truck bed rails can be shielded from loading and unloading scrapes and chips using XPEL’s Bed Rail Guards kit, a cost-effective alternative to installing metal or other bed liner products. Each kit contains four inches by 17 feet of tough, removable film, enough to cover two bed rails.

XPEL Rocker Panel and Bed Rail Guards kits are easy to install and are available in two styles:
* Clear Guard features 8 mil polyurethane film with a clearcoat finish that is virtually invisible when applied and provides maximum shine and durability.
* Black Guard, made of embossed 13 mil PVC, hides existing damage and helps protect against new scratches and abrasions.

XPEL high-quality protection films are designed to withstand years of wear and tear, but can easily be removed if needed.

For more information, call 800-447-9928 or email support@xpel.com. XPEL offers a number of DIY products, as well as films for applications requiring installers. For a list of installers in your area, visit http://locator.xpel.com/.

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NEW PalmScope IS WORLD’S SMALLEST FULL-FEATURED VIDEO INSPECTION SYSTEM

Has Numerous Vehicle Maintenance Applications; Fits in Pocket or Clips to Belt; Specs Rival Far More Expensive Units

The new PalmScope (DCS950) from General Tools & Instruments (General®) is more than the world’s first full-featured pocket-sized video inspection system. It’s also built to survive the harsh environments of vehicle maintenance and repair, not to mention any rigorous tasks DIY mechanics might subject it to. The PalmScope’s clamshell design allows the camera-tipped probe to be coiled safely and conveniently inside the device. Plus, it can be operated with one hand, leaving the other hand free to use tools. Retailing for less than $150, the PalmScope sets a new affordability standard and outshines competitors in utility, convenience and bang for the buck.

 

The PalmScope saves time and money by accelerating analysis and diagnosis—enabling the speedy and precise inspection of engines, cooling systems and any other densely packed, hidden or inaccessible areas without the need for disassembly.

  • detecting and diagnosing problems, defects or damage in chassis, suspension, transmission and more
  • inspecting internal engine components (e.g., gas and diesel cylinders) for carbon deposits, wear, corrosion and component failure
  • easily accessing under dash, A/C and heating systems
  • checking brakes without removing the wheel
  • inspecting gear boxes, fuel injector nozzles, hydraulic assemblies and more
  • detecting cooling system leaks or blockages in radiators and engine blocks

 

With just five control buttons—power on/off, brightness up, brightness down, video zoom and video flip— the PalmScope is incredibly user-friendly. The video zoom button allows the user to zoom up to 4X, increasing the odds of spotting elusive problems. The 180-degree video flip function makes it easier to read upside-down labels and serial numbers by instantly turning them right-side up.

 

The PalmScope’s easy operation is complemented by superior specs and safety features. The integral 2 ft. (0.6m) long probe with a 0.35 in. (9mm) diameter camera tip enables users to maneuver in very narrow, tight spaces. It’s also water-, oil- and dust-proof to IP67 standard. The camera offers a depth of field of 1 in. to 10 ft. (25mm to 3m) and a 60-degree field of view. Four LEDs on the camera head produce bright, crisp video on a 2.7 in. (69mm) high-contrast color LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution (QVGA). Featuring thermoplastic rubber (TPR) housing, the unit is certified drop-proof to a height of 3.4 ft. (1m). The PalmScope includes four probe tip accessories—45-degree mirror, pickup hook, magnetic pickup and thread protector—plus a nylon pouch with belt clip.

 

 

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Encore Automotive Systems, Introduces the New E1 Remote Start System

The E1 remote start system includes both, a mini 2 button and a standard 4 button transmitter. This full featured value oriented system incorporates multiple functions such as lock, unlock and a trunk release output that typically would not be available on one or two button remote systems.

This unit also has an antenna mounted LED that acts as a status indicator. The ultra-bright blue LED will look great in any vehicle. The two remote controls included give the installing dealer options that they do not have with other systems.  They can be combined multiple ways, giving the dealer options for greater versatility and to maximize profit potential.  The E1 has an effective range of up to 2000 Feet using FSK stability in its RF design.

These units will ship in October and like all Encore products are sold exclusively through Memphis Car Audio, and any other distribution or sales are unauthorized.

For sales or dealer inquiries please contact Memphis Car Audio at (800) 489-2300.

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AIR LIFT COMPANY MARKS 65TH ANNIVERSARY WITH COMPANY EXPANSION PLANS

LANSING, Mich. – As Air Lift Company marks its 65th year of business this year, the industry-leading air suspension provider announces the addition of a 40,000-square-foot addition to be built at the company’s Lansing headquarters. The new space represents a significant expansion of Air Lift’s manufacturing capacity. The company has also recently added engineering support in response to the growing demand for Air Lift air suspension products.

These positive developments underline the company’s 65 years of successful product development and efforts to increase consumer awareness and demand for air suspension systems. Today’s achievements have their roots in the original vision of the company’s founders, who set out in 1949 to create a suspension solution  to provide safe towing and improved ride quality.

One of Air Lift’s success strategies is a dedicated focus on the company’s core business segments. Air Lift provides a range of load assist products for trucks, RVs and SUVs, and the company has seen significant growth in this category. The market for the company’s automotive performance suspensions has also expanded, with notable sales increases in European markets including the U.K.

Along with sales revenue increases, employment has also grown from the original staff of six in 1949 to a team of 120 people today. Three members of the current Air Lift board, James Parsons, Jack Scripsema, and Brian Todey, represent the third generation of the family-owned company.

“In our 65th year of business, the entrepreneurial spirit of Air Lift’s founders can be seen in the continuing pursuit of providing suspension products that help create better lives,” said Kevin Mehigh, president, Air Lift.

The company has received numerous product patents and awards for their innovative consumer and performance products. There are five patents pending on Air Lift controller technology, and the company was recently recognized as a top five supplier for Stag-Parkway, one of North America’s largest RV aftermarket parts and accessories distributors.

Mehigh noted, “We take pride in our ability to produce the industry’s most comprehensive line of products. Our goal is to continue to honor the vision of the past and respond to the challenges of today and the future.”

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McLAREN 650S SPRINT TO MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUT FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION OF GLOBAL RACE ELIGIBILITY

The new 650S Sprint by McLaren GT is set for its global competitive premiere this weekend at the penultimate round of the GT Cup race at Donington Park, UK. The 650S Sprint is developed and optimised for the track, and eligibility has now been confirmed to race in the NARRA US GT series, the SCCA GT Championship and the UAE GT series. McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell will be joined by German-based journalist Dale Lomas, for the weekend’s triple-header.

The covers were pulled off the McLaren 650S Sprint at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last month, and the race this weekend marks the European debut of the car, in the most public of arenas. Racing with McLaren GT customer team Von Ryan Racing, the 650S Sprint will contest three races during the weekend – one sprint race incorporating a driver-change on Saturday, followed by two shorter events on Sunday, with the drivers contesting one complete race each.

McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell returns to the Von Ryan Racing team after running at this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa in the 12C GT3. In addition, Bell has been involved in the development of the 650S Sprint so has extensive knowledge of the track-only racer. Bell will share driving duties with experienced Nürburgring-racer Lomas, who has shown good pace in testing ahead of the event.

Based on the road-going 650S, the aerodynamically enhanced design of the 650S Sprint offers increased levels of downforce, and the revised air intakes offer optimised cooling of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo M838T engine. In the 650S Sprint, the proven powerplant is retained from the 650S road car, with a unique engine and transmission calibration to further enhance on track drivability and driver engagement.

Managing Director Andrew Kirkaldy commented: ‘The 650S Sprint is an evolution of the successful 12C GT Sprint, and moves the game on as the 650S road car has done. The 650S Sprint is an easier car to fully exploit and enjoy for a driver, and the levels of engagement and refinement have been optimised. The development programme for the car has been extensive so far, with many thousands of kilometers completed on various tracks, but this will be the ultimate test – a real race situation with a highly competitive grid.  

‘The team at Von Ryan Racing has shown themselves to be world class over the years in GT racing, and Rob has been heavily involved with the development of the 650S Sprint, so knows the car very well. It should be a great weekend of racing, and with the recent announcement that the car is now eligible for championships in North America and the Middle East, this marks the next exciting chapter for McLaren GT.’

The 650S Sprint is priced at £198,000*, and available from all official McLaren retailers worldwide or direct from McLaren GT.  Visit: retailers.mclaren.com to locate your nearest retailer. 

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Blancpain Endurance Series season finale full of highlights for Audi sport customer racing

•   Audi R8 LMS ultra to battle for the title at the Nürburgring
•   Four teams with seven GT3 race cars from Audi on the grid
•   Skiing world champion Didier Cuche to celebrate Audi racing debut

Blancpain Endurance Series season finale full of highlights for Audi sport customer racing

Ingolstadt, September 16, 2014 – In GT racing, Audi will be celebrating the finale of the Blancpain Endurance Series on September 21 with several attractions. The 1,000-kilometer race on the Nürburgring will not only be about the decision between the four Audi drivers at the top of the standings and their immediate rivals. In the closing event of the season, the Swiss Ski World Cup winner Didier Cuche will also be celebrating his debut in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. At the same time, Audi will be looking at a four-digit number of racing commitments of the successful customer sport program in the Eifel.

This will be a Swiss stunner: Super-G world champion Didier Cuche will be tackling his first car race in an Audi. The 40-year-old race rookie will be relying on the support of two compatriots, as Rahel Frey, who has been clinching success in motorsport with Audi since 2011, and Nico Müller, who is in his first year of racing in the DTM with Audi, are sharing the cockpit with the former professional ski racer from Le Pâquier. The prominent entrant is the most recent example of a number of newcomers receiving professional training by the Audi race experience. They complete a systematic educational program for race drivers, from license training through to actually competing in a race.

Whereas the racing action will be a thrilling Audi premiere for Cuche, Laurens Vanthoor is looking forward with eager anticipation to round five of the season as the leader of the standings. In July, the 23-year-old Belgian at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS ultra won the Spa 24 Hours, the Blancpain Endurance Series season’s pinnacle event, for the first time. Now he is fired up for clinching his first title in the series. On achieving his triumph in his home round, the driver of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT gained a seven-point advantage. 33 points are awaiting the race winner at the Nürburgring. Breathing down Vanthoor’s neck are three brand colleagues from another Audi customer team: Grégory Guilvert/Stéphane Ortelli/Edward Sandström (F/MC/S) are competing for Saintéloc Racing from France, were the best Audi driver team in two rounds this season and are in the runner-up spot of the standings with an equal points score. Mathematically, no less than 16 drivers still have chances of taking the title. In the Pro Cup teams’ classification, the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is leading with an eleven-point advantage, while Saintéloc Racing is sharing second place with a competitor that has an equal number of points. For Audi, a success at the Nürburgring would mark the third title in this prestigious endurance series within the space of four years.

In total, the current entry list reflects seven Audi R8 LMS ultra cars. In addition to the three cars of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, the two race cars of Saintéloc Racing and the car of the Audi race experience, Team Parker Racing will be putting another R8 LMS ultra on the grid. The British team is currently in third place of the Gentlemen Trophy teams’ classification.

But not only the number of entrants proves the popularity of the GT3 model with the four rings that delivers up to 560 hp. Since 2009, 120 units of the race car with the 5.2-liter V10 engine have been delivered and won 23 motorsport championships around the world to date. The race at the Nürburgring marks the 1,000th run in a major racing event in five years – in addition, there are numerous other competitions on regional and local levels in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, as the R8 LMS is a popular model in club sport as well. The 1,000th run explains why the race car of the Audi race experience is designated as car number 1000.

“Following our victory in the Spa 24 Hours in July, the season finale featuring this large number of attractions will definitely be another season highlight in the Blancpain Endurance Series,” Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, is certain. “We wish our customers and their drivers a lot of success. It would be fantastic to win the next title in this fiercely competitive and high-caliber Blancpain Endurance Series. The success of our customers underscores the status of the R8 LMS ultra, which has long become a living GT legend.”

The Audi teams at the Nürburgring

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT
#1 Marc Basseng/Cesar Ramos/Laurens Vanthoor (D/BR/B)
#3 Christopher Mies/James Nash/Frank Stippler (D/GB/D)
#4 Jean-Luc Blanchemain/Christian Kelders/Stéphane Richelmi (F/B/MC)

Team Parker Racing
#22 Ian Loggie/Julian Westwood (GB/GB)

Saintéloc Racing
#25 Claude-Yves Gosselin/Jean-Claude Lagniez/Marc Rostan (F/F/F)
#26 Grégory Guilvert/Stéphane Ortelli/Edward Sandström (F/MC/S)

Audi race experience
#1000 Didier Cuche/Rahel Frey/Nico Müller (CH/CH/CH)

 

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5th Annual Holley LS Fest Results

September 5th-7th marked the 5th annual Holley LS Fest, which means that it has come and gone. The 2014 LS Fest was by far the largest incarnation of the event yet with over 10,000 in attendance and over 500 participating LS-powered cars. Congratulations are in order for all of the participants who had the chance to enjoy and contribute to the event. Even bigger congratulations are in order for those who managed to claim some hardware and prize money. Here is the recap.

Drag Racing presented by Scoggin Dickey Parts Center and Engine Power TV

The Chevy High Performance Magazine LSX Drag Radial class is home to some of the heaviest hitters in 1/8 mile LS drag racing today. In the headline class, Mark Carlyle brought home the trophy in his Atomic Fusion C6 Corvette Z06. Mark beat out last year’s champion Mike Brown in the final round, running a 4.577 at 173.38 mph, besting Brown’s 4.915 at 168.89 mph.

The School of Automotive Machinists LSX All Motor class features the fastest naturally aspirated LS based race cars in the world in 1/4 mile racing. Judson Massingill, the director and founder of the School of Automotive Machinists, once again showed that he is the cream of the All Motor crop. His SAM Racing Camaro SS ousted Don Baskin’s Chevy II in the finals by making the best All Motor pass of the weekend with an elapsed time of 8.198 at 165.52 mph.

The Wiseco Performance Products LSX Real Street class featured some of the closest and most intense 1/4 mile racing of the weekend. This class features a highly restrictive set of rules which limits tire size, turbo/supercharger/nitrous jet size, as well as drivetrain and chassis configurations which keeps these cars true to their street car roots. Greg Delaney made his way to the finals in his 2000 Pontiac Trans Am, where he squared off with Paul Falcon’s 4th gen Firebird. Delaney was able to drive past Falcon who posted the better reaction time, but was not able to hang on as Delaney’s Trans Am posted a 8.049 elapsed time at 172.54 mph.

The PAC Racing Springs Pro Extreme LSX  class which features a no holds barred rules listing, allowing almost any LS-powered car on the planet to compete, as long as they could keep up. David Adkins was able to come out on top this year. David posted a 4.773 1/8 mile elapsed time, trapping 150.77 mph.

RCI Performance LSX True Street seeks out the baddest LS-powered street cars in the world. To prove their roadworthiness, all participants must first complete a 30 mile cruise through the surrounding area with no support. Once they successfully complete this part of the cruise, competitors let their cars cool down for 30 minutes, then make back-to-back-to-back passes. Chris Bishir’s twin turbo S10 proved to be up to the task this weekend, posting an 8.981 average elapsed time to win his second consecutive True Street win.

The Comp Cams LSX Rumble class is the most popular drag racing class thanks to its open rule format and index racing. Being consistent and having good reaction times are as important as having a fast car. Harold Harved’s and Nicholas Massengale’s 2001 Camaros met in the finals after making their way through a 90 car field. With both cars dialed in at the same 12.0 index, it would be a race to the finish line. Massengale got a huge jump at the tree, but Harved was able to pull past him to secure the victory with a 12.018 elapsed time at 110.46 mph, accompanied by a 0.218 reaction time.
The Raymond’s Performance 5th gen Camaro class also ran under the index format to even up the field. Jenna Wilson, who dialed in at 10.0, met Tim Emberton, who dialed in at 12.50, in the finals. Emberton ran closer to his index, but his reaction time allowed Wilson to secure the victory with a 10.561 elapsed time at 108.04 mph.
In order to get the new for 2014 C7 Corvette owners involved, LS Fest included the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering C7 index class this year. Brent Malone met Haley Bounsavall in the finals. Bounsavall broke out by .04 seconds, handing the victory to Malone.
The Lingenfelter Performance Engineering COPO shootout runs under the index format due to the various different combinations that are available for the COPO cars. Dial-ins are not restricted to half second intervals in this class though. James Genovese met Brian Massingill in the finals. Their dial-ins were 9.95 and 9.30, respectively. However, the dial-ins were moot as Massingill red-lighted, handing the victory to Genovese who broke out by running an 9.811 elapsed time at 141.62 mph.


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Lucas Oil Drift Challenge presented by WreckedMagazine.com

The drifting portion of LS Fest has become one of the most popular events. In contrast to other motorsports, runs are judged subjectively based on entry speed, line clipping, angle & counter steer, and presentation. 2014 saw a new champion, with Nate Hamilton claiming the trophy in his S13 Nissan 240SX, making his way past Steve Topping in a tandem final that required two runs to determine the winner.

Autocross presented by QA1 and Vette Magazine

The autocross challenge was divided into two portions. The first was an all-run format to see who could put together the single fastest time of the event. Danny Popp was able to repeat his autocross performance from last year, securing the number one overall time despite some fierce competition. Popp held a 0.295 second advantage over second place.

The five fastest cars then moved on to the autocross shootout, where each driver made three runs, and their cumulative time of those three runs decided the autocross shootout champion. The top five raw times were posted by Danny Popp (33.604), Johnny Cichowski (33.899), Josh Leisinger (33.974), Tyler Powell (33.982), and Mike Dusold (34.175). In the autocross shootout, Johnny Cichowski managed to repeat his performance from last year, beating the defending Grand Champion by 0.093 seconds with a 100.826 cumulative time.

3S Challenge presented by Baer Brakes and Super Chevy Magazine

The speed, stop, and steering challenge could be considered a hybrid between drag racing and autocross. Competitors must navigate the short course and come to a stop within the designated braking area. Since there are two lanes, one featuring a left turn, and one featuring a right turn, drivers’ times are a cumulative between their best passes in the left and right lanes. Danny Popp edged out Josh Leisinger by 0.2 seconds with a 22.3 cumulative time to become the 3S champion.

Holley LS Fest Grand Champion

The Grand Champion is determined based on results in drag racing, autocross, and the 3S challenge, with 5 bonus points being awarded for participating in the countryside cruise and 5 points being awarded for participating in the show-n-shine. Josh Leisinger won by the smallest margin in LS Fest history, edging defending champion Danny Popp out by one point. On his way to victory, Josh ran a 10.1 second quarter mile, the fastest pass in Grand Champion history.

Optima Batteries Spirit of the Event Award

Randall Farless has been at every LS Fest event since its inception. Randall was a spectator the first year, and has been an ever-improving participant since then. This year, Randall finished 10th overall in the Grand Champion competition. Randall’s effort and attitude was awarded with an invitation to SEMA and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, which both take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dyno Challenge presented by ERL Performance Inc. and Bangshift.com

The dyno challenge was separated into two categories, one for naturally aspirated combinations, and one for power adder combos. Anthony Cooper’s 2002 Camaro brought home the naturally aspirated crown for the second year in a row by putting down 564 horsepower. Anthony Peck’s LS-swapped 1988 Ford Mustang outclassed the rest of the power adder field by 415 horsepower, putting down an amazing 1300 horsepower.

Car Craft Engine Swap Challenge

The always popular engine swap challenge is a race between two-man teams to see who can swap an LS engine into a previously running non-LS car the fastest. This year, Mike Edwards and Tyler Lauters from Tuscaloosa, Alabama mastered the G-body shuffle in two hours and nine seconds. They edged out a great effort by Will Meyst and Martin DeGumbia from Middletown, Connecticut to win the challenge and the engine.

Show-And-Shine presented by Snap-On Tools and LS1tech

The show-and-shine competition was comprised of 19 different categories to encompass every conceivable type of vehicle that could be LS swapped

Best street machine – Kevin Gray’s 1989 Pontiac Firebird
Best all access – Gordie Rutkowski’s 1966 Chevrolet Wagon
Best late model – Michael & Stacy Dodson’s 2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Best classic custom – Troy Russell’s 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
Best classic truck – Calvin Andrews’ 1970 Chevrolet C/10
Best interior – Troy Russell’s 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air
Best non-domestic – Zack Nielsen’s 2002 Lexus
Best street rod – Rocky Rowland’s 1963 GMC Pickup
Best muscle truck – Tom Hartmann’s 1995 Chevrolet S10
Best late model truck – Jason Logan’s 2004 Chevrolet Silverado
Best under construction – Kyle Katzenbach’s 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
Just because – Michael McCoy’s 2014 Chevrolet Camaro
Best muscle car - Leslie Jones’ 1968 Pontiac Firebird
Best paint – Steve Owens’ 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Best engine – Johney Matney’s 2012 Chevrolet Camaro
Sponsor pick – Deb McGilton’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Best engineered – Bob Bertlesen’s 1969 Chevrolet Truck
Holley president’s pick – Drew Strazar’s 1988 Jeep Wrangler
Best of show – Calvin Andrews’ 1970 Chevrolet Truck

You can see our show-and-shine coverage HERE.

Bowler Performance Countryside Cruise & Scavenger Hunt

To add a little competition to our countryside cruise, we picked over 50 objects to photograph over the route. Tabitha Hoover was this year’s sharpshooter, finding the most items on the scavenger hunt in her 1956 Chevrolet 210. Her and her family drove the route five times frontwards and even once backwards to make sure they found as many objects as possible.

The complete results for all 2014 LS Fest competitions can be found HERE.

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RECORD 41 SUPERCARS FOR WORLD RX OF GERMANY

The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy is living up to its reputation as the FIA’s fastest growing motorsport series after attracting the biggest Supercar line-up of the season for this weekend’s Red Kiwi World RX of Germany (20-21 September).  With a record-breaking 41 Supercars representing 11 different marques and 17 nationalities across Supercar, Touring Car and Super1600, Germany RX boasts a truly international flavor.

Round nine of this year’s World RX, Germany RX is staged at the Estering circuit in Buxtehude: approximately 25 miles south-west of Hamburg. Buxtehude has a population of around 40,000 people and is the second-largest town in the district of Stade. The Estering circuit itself is the shortest of the season at 952 metres in length but with top speeds of up to 150mph, the back straight makes Germany RX one of the fastest events this year.  Estering is also the fourth and penultimate round of this year’s FIA European Rallycross Championship (Euro RX), of which there are a total of 26 Supercar entries.

On the back of two consecutive World RX wins, Championship leader Petter Solberg is eager to extend his advantage but admitted the difficult nature of Estering could prove troublesome. “Estering is a tricky circuit,” confirmed Solberg, who drives a Citroen DS3 Supercar for PSRX. “There are two key things to getting a good race here. The first is to get through the first corner safely. I remember from racing here before, there was a lot of action in that first corner.  The second big thing is to pick the right time for the joker lap and then get it absolutely right. I think the joker is more important here than at most circuits.”

Twenty-eight points behind Solberg and second in the standings is Ford Olsbergs MSE driver Reinis Nitiss. Since the previous round in Loheac, Nitiss has returned to Latvia where he has taken part in PR activities including a lawn mower racing competition – which the 18-year-old went on to win. “A good racing driver must be able to adapt to circumstances and different techniques, as well as to maintain a cool head,” explained Nitiss who is arguably Solberg’s biggest title threat this season.

Third in the driver standings for Volkswagen Marklund Motorsport is Topi Heikkinen, 10 points adrift of Nitiss. The Finn has been a solid points-scorer so far this season and is feeling confident that prior testing at Estering could give his team an edge over the others. Joining Heikkinen for Volkswagen’s home event in the Polo RX Supercar will be regular team-mate Anton Marklund and wildcard entrant Ronny C Rock, who holds the Guinness World Record for drift reverse parking. “We are very happy to have Ronny on board,” explained VW Marklund Team Principle, Jan Marklund. “His driving skills and famous stunts speak for themselves, and there are no questions over his talent. We are really looking forward to watching him race in World RX.”

After three podium finishes in three events, Team Peugeot-Hansen will be aiming for four-in-a-row when the Swedish-based squad travel to Germany this weekend. Timmy Hansen, however, admits that he is hungry to do one better and stand on the podium’s top step: “We want to win a race before the season is finished, that’s all I can think about right now,” said the 21-year-old Swede. “It was very special to step onto the podium in Belgium and France. Finally stepping up on the podium was amazing and very emotional for all of us. Now we have done it three times in a row and we’re all very hungry for the next step.”

Female rally driver Ramona Karlsson will replace Jacques Villeneuve in the Albatec Racing prepared Peugeot 208 Supercar this weekend and is feeling buoyed following a successful test at Knockhill race circuit earlier this week.  Karlsson will be partnered in Germany with Albatec team owner, Andy Scott. Former F1 World Champion Villeneuve will return to World RX for round 10 at Franciacorta (27-28 September).

One of the biggest stars to compete at Estering will be Team EKS RX driver and founder, Mattias Ekstrom, who returns to World RX for the first time since his spectacular victory at Holjes back in July. The two-time DTM Champion completed two days testing in the Audi S1 Quattro and states his ultimate aim in Germany is to reach the final. “It’s always nice to be back in World RX and of course it will be exciting to be racing in Germany too as it’s a country I know well,” explained Esktrom. “It will be interesting to see if many of my DTM fans come to Estering – there aren’t so many race tracks close to Hamburg so I haven’t raced in this part of Germany before but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Monster Energy World RX Team will also be present in Germany with team drivers Henning Solberg and Davy Jeanney.  The talented duo will be eager to follow in the footsteps of Monster Energy athlete Ken Block who secured a top five position at the most recent World RX round in Loheac.

As Germany forms the penultimate round of Euro RX, competition is expected to intensify among the Supercar entries that are eligible to score European points.  Top of the table is Sweden’s Robin Larsson who set the cat among the pigeons earlier this season by taking second overall at World RX of Great Britain.  He is currently leading the series by 36 points, two points ahead of Henning Solberg.  Two-time Snowcross World Champion Emil Ohman is third in the standings with a total of 31 points.  Former WRC driver PG Andersson will make his debut in Euro RX this weekend at the wheel of a Hedstroms Motorsport prepared Skoda Fabia.

Martin Anayi – Managing Director for World RX at IMG Motorsport – concluded: “These next two weeks could prove crucial in the fight for the 2014 drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships. With two events less than a week apart, the pressure is on the teams, the drivers and the cars to perform to the highest level – the smallest mistake could prove detrimental in the title chase.  What makes the task even more tricky is that Estering is one of the fastest and most technical circuits of the year, and Italy which follows is a brand new track which everyone will have to learn very quickly. With huge grids at both Estering and Franciacorta, the competition is set to be fierce in both World RX and Euro RX.  The perfect start will be key to success when such big numbers of entries are involved.  I am delighted that we have our 100th Supercar entered in World RX this season and of course it’s an honour that the man driving this centenary car is experienced rally driver PG Andersson. Best of luck to PG on his debut and all of the other Supercar, Super1600 and Touring Car competitors in what will be a flat-out fortnight of World RX action.”

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