Global Time Attack Round 6 – Buttonwillow Raceway II
GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II

Global Time Attack Round 6 – Buttonwillow II

By Justin Banner

For a while there, it seemed like there would be only one team that would dominate the Global Time Attack series. Chris Rado and his radical F-Wing Scion tC. However, not being able to complete a full season and a retirement at Round 1, Buttonwillow I, opened the door for others to take the lead and win the overall championship for 2012. Even with Rado out of contention they still had a mountain to climb in the name of Jeff Westphal and the GST Subaru Impreza “GST-L.” Buttonwillow II would not be very nice to the GST team either however. During practice, the GST car caught fire and would not take a lap for an official time. What was Jeff Westphal to do? As a driver he could win the 2012 Championship, but he needed a ride. Where could he find one in enough time?

Jeff Westphal GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
After some negotiations and considering that the GST Impreza made most of the events because of World Racing helping with transportation, Jeff Westphal hopped into the Need for Speed Scion tC F-Wing car for its final voyage. That's right, you just read that correctly. This will probably be the final event for the radical F-Wing car. What's coming next for World Racing? We'll just have to wait and see.
 
Carl Rydquest GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
For those of you who follow my Formula Drift coverage, you'll recognize that this is the same 350Z that Jhonnattan Castro drove in the FD Championship in 2012. Well, here it's not Jhonnattan who would be the driver. Instead, it would be Carl Rydquist taking over the wheeling duties in the Hankook car.
 
Evasive Tuning GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
Evasive Motorsports brought a two car fight to the RWD classes. The well known Honda S2000 and the latest release from Scion, the FR-S. With its radical body kit, the FR-S looks more tuning car than street car, but if you want fast times, you need function.
 
Evasive Tuning GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
The S2000 looked to have remained the same as it has since Buttonwillow I.
 
Professional Awesome GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
Our buddies with funny videos, Professional Awesome, even made the trek from Indiana to compete in the final round of the GTA series! It's great to see guys come from so far to take part in such a grassroots type of racing.
 
Billy Johnson GTA Round 6 - Buttonwillow II
Despite the heartache, or headache, that Buttonwillow gave FX Motorsports and Billy Johnson, they still came out to finish the season and take some revenge against Buttonwillow for not letting them race and take some records. Will they get the revenge they seek?

 

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