JIC Magic/Hankook Tires Defend Their Title at the Summit Point Motorsports Park 'Redline: Time Attack!' Presented by Hawk Performance

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The JIC Magic/Hankook Tires time attack team successfully defended their title from 2006 with a strong performance at Summit Point Raceway.

Blessed with beautiful late summer weather all weekend long, the stage was set at Summit Point Motorsports Park for the 2nd Annual Redline: Time Attack! event to be held at the West Virginia facility. A record number of entrants and spectators made their way to Summit Point to see who would take home the crown in a total of 9 divisions of Time Attack competition. With everyone running very quick practice times, it was not a question of if division lap records would be broken, but rather, how many records would be broken and by how much.

In the Street Front Wheel Drive division, Nicholas Bender in the Tri State Motorsports sponsored Honda Civic Si was able to come from 3rd to 1st in the 2nd Time Attack session, improving on this first session time by posting a division leading 1:47.490. Very closely behind Bender was Steven Pilkerton in the Funktion Auto Honda Civic with a 2nd place lap time of 1:47.580, only 9 hundredths of a second off the winning lap time. The Street Rear Wheel Drive division also saw a heated battle between Brian Hair in the Funktion Auto/OG Racing BMW M Coupe and David Ortiz in the RRT sponsored E36 M3. At the conclusion of the first Time Attack session, Ortiz held a slim 0.099 second advantage over Hair. With some final adjustments ahead of the 2nd Time Attack session, Hair was able to surpass Ortiz for the Street Rear Wheel Drive title with a time of 1:39.435, closely followed by Ortiz's 1:39.622. Both of these times were well below the previous Street Class Record of 1:42.049. Street Class All Wheel Drive would see a battle between Mitsubishi EVO's and Subaru STIs. Coming out on top of the Division and Street Class Overall was Kevin Demmons in the Caprarola Racing Mitsubishi EVO, with a lap time of 1:39.006, setting a new Street Class record in the process. Just behind Demmons was Ben Miller in the HotLap Motorsports Subaru STI with a best time of 1:41.326.

Coming into this event, the crew at DTM Motorsports had high hopes of repeating as Modified Class Champions, and they would not leave disappointed. Driving the DTM Motorsports Mitsubishi Evolution to an Modified All Wheel Drive divisional crown, and Modified Class overall victory, was Tom Milner Jr. The record breaking lap of 1:33.543 knocked over two seconds off the previous record set by DTM last year. They look to continue their success at this weekend's GTLive/Redline Time Attack event at Virginia International Raceway. The Modified Rear Wheel Drive division saw a Porsche Cayman S, driven by Burak Tuglu, sandwiched by two Honda S2000's. Skip Merryman came out on top with a best lap time of 1:39.075 closely followed by Tuglu's 1:41.173. Rounding out the division was Steve Sabatell in the A&J Racing/Nitto Tires sponsored entry with a best lap time of 1:41.831. The Modified Front Wheel Drive title would go to Ross Miller in the PTuning Scion tC entry with a leading time of 1:42.423. Miller has had success at past Redline Time Attacks (Montreal and BeaveRun) in Modified RWD and Modified AWD, now he can add Front Wheel Drive to his list.

A number of heavy hitters in the Time Attack scene made their way to Summit Point. Leading up to the event, it was anybody's guess as to who would eventually come out on top as the overall event champion. Companies such as TopSpeed, Element Tuning, JIC Magic/Hankook, AMS Performance and HotLap Motorsports brought their A-Game to Summit Point and the spectators were in for quite a show. Unlimited All Wheel Drive would see AMS Performance, coming off back-to-back victories in Montreal and St Louis, claim the Division title with a lap time of 1:29.832. Closely behind AMS was the HotLap Motorsports Mitsubishi Evolution driven by Kyle Germanton with a time of 1:31.336. Rounding out the Unlimited All Wheel Drive class was Luke Russell in the TopSpeed Subaru Brighton with a time of 1:32.135.

Third place in Unlimited Rear Wheel Drive would go to Barry Battle in the RRT BMW 323 with a lap time of 1:35.963. The team over at RRT sponsored a number of entries in this event and look to become more involved with the series in the future. The reigning Event Champion vehicle, the JIC Magic/Hankook Tires Nissan S-15 Silvia, made its return to Summit Point, this time driven by Tanner Foust. Foust was able to rip off a 1:31.218 lap time, giving him second in the Division and 3rd fastest overall. In the Redline Time Attack debut for the car, the JIC Magic/Hankook Tires sponsored Porsche GT2 made its presence known early Saturday morning during initial practice sessions. Driver Tyler McQuarrie, having won this event in 2006 was gunning for the top spot again this year. When all was said and done, McQuarrie was able to rip off an event-leading lap time of 1:28.806, shattering the old track record by over 2 seconds.

With one final East Coast date remaining this weekend at Virginia International Raceway before the series heads west for the Redline Time Attack Championships at Laguna Seca, everyone is highly anticipating the season ending showdowns destined to occur. Who will reign supreme at VIR? What companies have tricks up their sleeves for Laguna Seca? Join us to find out.

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