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We’re only a few days into 2011 and already some news has landed in the Garage Awesome in-tray that’s got us a little more excited about the forthcoming year!

We have compiled 90% of the calendar of events for us to visit throughout 2011, but we are still hanging on for a couple of the competitive race series to release their final dates and venues.
Those who followed us through the back end of 2010 will remember that Time Attack is a strong favourite of ours and was the top of our list to try to cover each and every bit of action in 2011.

Now we have the dates and locations of the increased 7 rounds of the Championship, including a double header at Kent’s Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. The finale remains at Snetterton, but takes in their new 2011 track the “200” and new on the calendar for the competitors is a trip out into Wales as Anglesey makes its début appearance on the Time Attack hit list!
The other rounds are made up from last year’s favourites including an opener at Oulton park, a trip north to Scotland and Knockhill and the crowd favourite; Cadwell Park.

No news on the “Modified Live” supporting show as yet, although I’d be very surprised to find it not running following the success of last year’s Kleers backed events.
In the meantime we are going to bring you any extra team news, and hopefully get out there and feature some of the cars prior to them hitting the circuit.

Whip out your diaries, and make sure these dates are in it and click on www.TimeAttack.co.uk for more information

The final part to round-up from the action at Cadwell park see’s us head back to the track for the EDC or European Drift Championship, the first time Competitive Drifting has taken place at Cadwell.

Although called the “European Drift Championship” it’s not the big spectical you would expect to see, and with only 8 Drivers currently involved in the invite only series, it seems more of a demo event to most of the fans rather than a championship

Nissan 200SX S15

The course was very technical, and cadwell’s tight bends and blind crests claimed a couple of casualties, most notably was the Apex Performance V8 S14, driven by Keiran Cameron, who on his first warm up run lost control of the  mighty V8 powered S14 200SX, and hit the wall. Damage was done to the car was mainly superficial, but Bren and his team worked hard to get it sorted for the remaining runs.

With spectators lining the whole outside of the track, it was very difficult to get close to the action, which is a nod to the popularity of drifting over here in the UK

The battles went on, with impressive runs from Declan Hicks in his Toyota Chaser, Pete Barber – winner of the Brands Hatch round, Paul Conlan in his Pink S15 and Irishman Mark Luney in the SVA Imports 350Z set up the Semi finals

The final saw The rotary Mazda of Pete Barber go up against Paul Conlan, and with Luney wrapping up third place against Hicks, that was enough to see him remain at the top of the leaderboard going into the last round at snetterton.

Keiran Cameron

Eventually, it was Paul Conlan in the S15 that wrapped up top step of the podium and the maximum, 15 points which canons him up to 3rd overall, with Pete Barber in the number 2 spot overall.

For more information on the EDC, get logged onto the championships website at www.europeandriftchampionship.eu

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper/Ollie Novell

As we enter the penultimate report of Garage Awesome’s coverage of the Modified Live event, we shift our attentions away from the track, and head into the surrounding paddock area to check out the best of the cars on display within the public car park, the club stand area and the Kleers Show and Shine Arena.

Cadwell is lucky to be able to not only put on some fantastic track action, with plenty of viewing, but also have a large paddock and surrounding grounds to accommodate events such as Modified Live that combine a busy paddock area with a well presented area for clubs and individuals to show off some of the best modified cars around in the UK at the moment.

Ford Fiesta

Firstly we take a look at what was going off over on the club stands. Clubs notoriously put a lot of effort into these events and this one was no exception, with a very high quality of cars on display, combined with lots of flags and banners all proudly displaying their club’s name. There was a great stand from the guys at the Z Club (who you might remember got a mention in our Thoresby Jap Show report), Max’d Car Club had a nice variety of cars on display, but it was local club UK Modified Ridez that really caught our attention. Lofty and his team, who are based in nearby Lincoln, used the home advantage to great success; bringing a high number of quality modified cars together in a well laid-out stand, top work guys and gals at www.ukmodifiedrides.co.uk

Other areas that we spotted were a nice display of the new Ford Focus RS’s in the spectrum of White, Blue and Lime green colours they have become synonymous with, some interesting trade stand demo cars, some rather posh service vehicles and support trucks for the track action, including a Martini liveried Ford Transit van, and finally a Hydraulic suspension, smoke machine fitted, T.V. and sub installed, Peugeot 206 that was there on behalf of Lincoln’s Road Safety Partnership, who were on hand offering advice, demos and re-enactment of an accident situation using the car.

Jamies MG

As we headed over to the show and shine area, which we could clearly see thanks to the red Kleers marquee and matching, sexy, Nissan GTR that they had brought along to show. Now, although Garage Awesome tends to steer clear of blatant advertising, I think Kleers is worth a mention as they’re a fairly new company when it comes to the world of car care and detailing, but have put their name to and supported the Modified Live events all year with great success. It’s refreshing to see a UK based company being so supportive of the scene we all enjoy, so if you want to find out more either pop along to the next Modified Live event or visit www.kleers.com

Once in the arena, you could instantly tell the standard of the cars was high, with the owner’s frantically cleaning and polishing away before judging commenced. The show and shine was run with the cars divided into different categories; UK Here and Now, UK Future, Dub/Euro, Classic, OEM and the coveted Car of the Show award.

As we take a look round we notice Matt Slinn’s Ford Fiesta, that Garage Awesome did a feature on only a few weeks back. At the end of the day, just before the crowds headed back to the track to watch the Time Attack and EDC come to a head, the guys at Kleers presented the trophies to the winners, along with some assistance from Laura, the glamorous, new Modified Live pit girl. Winners included; Nick’s Honda Civic Coupe, Jamie’s super-low MG ZR, Clare’s mental Escort Cabriolet, James’ wide-arched, Bentley rimmed, install-filled Ford Fiesta, which would have took the top prize in our eyes but, judged to be the Best in Show was the fully loaded Toyota Supra of Rob Sarson. Well done guys!

Rob Sarson's Toyota Supra

The judges must have had their work cut out in some of the categories, especially in the euro area, with Jamie’s MG beating off stiff competition. In all honesty anyone could have taken it, with Matt’s Fiesta, Dan’s Punto, Sarah’s Porsche rimmed VW Polo and a couple of smart Citroens in the form of Ellis’ C2 and Dale’s Saxo all perfectly presented and each with a great chance of winning the prize, not a decision we would have liked to make!

All this made us wonder, judging… how hard can it be? So, maybe we’ll put this to the test and introduce a Garage Awesome Car of the Show award, only time will tell!

Check out our gallery below for some of the best of the best cars and the winners, and be sure to keep it Garage Awesome for the next and final Modified Live event of the year, as the show rolls into Norfolk circuit, Snetterton on the 10th October, see you there!

Pic Credits – Ollie Novell

So, we arrive here at our second instalment of Modified Live action. Yesterday we gave you the low down on what happened in the Pro and Club Pro classes of the Time Attack, today, we catch the action from the Club Challenge class!

Firstly, I suppose an introduction to Time Attack might be useful, especially for those who have never seen the event, or even understood exactly what happens! The format for Time Attack is fairly simple; purchase your car, modify it to make it as fast as possible round a variety of circuits within the UK, add in MSA specified safety features and a set of control tyres, pay your entry fee and get attacking!

Club Class Time Attack

Obviously there must be some rules and regulations and indeed there is. The Pro Class is the top tier of Time Attack where a full National B race licence must be held by the driver. The safety requirements are at the highest but the restrictions on tuning are left up to the individual team! Most of the cars in this class are owned or run by tuning companies, who are more than likely live-testing new products or setups that will eventually be passed down to the retail market given time.

The next rung down sees the Club Pro. This class is made up of those who have proven too fast for the Club Challenge and is the first rung where the National B licence is required and a few tuning restrictions are placed upon the cars.

Finally we come to the Club Challenge, often the largest category of the Time Attack event as it’s open to anyone! No particular make or model is favoured which allows us to watch some brilliant battles on the track from the likes of the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo along with cars like the Fiat Coupe, Mini One, Ford Fiesta, ex BTCC Civics and classic Porsche 968’s! A lot of these cars were likely to have started out as weekend road cars, and occasional track day toys, so is ideal for those without the budget for a full-on race car or season!
The last part of the Club challenge is the various different classes. Within the class and it’s all down to the drivetrain setups and engine displacements. The 5 sub categories are as follows; front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, N/A under 3000cc and N/A over 3000cc.

Metro 6R4

With all this variety, and the size of the entry list, it really does make the Club Challenge class the one to watch, and that’s exactly where we pick up the action!

The warm-up session early on was dominated by the flying, white E36 BMW M3 of Daniel Gannon, who managed to come in after the warm-up over a second and a half quicker than anyone else. Practice was the second chance for the drivers to go and lay down some times and battle for position and it was again Daniel who was quickest round the twisty Cadwell Circuit, this time, however, the Evo of James Moore, the Honda Integra of Paul Hughes and the Subaru of Scott Robson were breathing down his neck!

After lunch came the qualifying sessions; these were split into 4 Groups due to the sheer size of the field! First session was taken by the consistent Daniel Gannon, Group B was taken by overall qualifying quickest man Rob Cowling in his Evo 7. The 3rd group to go out saw the Escort Cosworth of Warren Kelly go fastest and joining them was group D winner Romaine Levesque in the old school Honda CRX.

Scott Robson

Then it came down to the final. This was again split, into 2 groups, however it was the first group out on the track that put the times down to take the 3 podium positions. 3rd place went to the quickest qualifier Rob Cowling in his Evo, just behind the ever consistent and impressive M3 of Daniel Gannon, but top honours went to the flying red Subaru Impreza of Scott Robson who put in a 1:39.694 lap beating Daniel by just 0.066 seconds!

Despite this series not involving the drivers technically “racing” against each other, it really is one of the most exciting and impressive forms of motorsport that’s gracing the UK at the moment; the sheer randomness of the cars, the experience of the tuners & drivers and the format itself makes Time Attack a winner, and Garage Awesome will be bringing you more on this fantastic series in the near future as we look towards October 10th and Snetterton for the final round.

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper/Ant Carroll

Over the next week or so Garage Awesome is going to be bringing you the best of the action from this Sunday’s Modified Live event at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. With various different interests and disciplines all being staged at the same venue, we didn’t think just one report would do any of them justice, so we’re going to break it down into a few manageable chunks for you, so you can see in depth what happened in each event!

The first post we have focuses on the pinnacle of the event, the Pro and Club Pro class of Time Attack. This series originated at the Tskuba circuit in Japan and has now been exported to the UK and US and is ever growing in popularity and numbers of both spectators and competitors.

Lotus Exige

Cadwell park is a brilliant track; consisting of long fast straights, sweeping bends, off camber sections, a tighter wooded section and even a jump, known as the Mountain! The Pro class had no trouble taking all this in their stride however, although a few of the cars that were really pushing it had some close calls, fortunately everyone kept out of Cadwell’s notoriously unforgiving walls and barriers.

The Modified Live series has really allowed Time Attack to develop, running alongside such a show has made the whole event much more mainstream and has given access to a championship that many would not have known or thought about before, and the planning that has been put into the event has allowed the drivers maximum track time as well as variety within a single event.

Lateral Performance Impreza

This was round 4 of the series and the crowds had flocked in to watch the seemingly endless sessions of the Time Attack championship.
The Pro and Club Pro class managed to get a 20 min warm up and practice session in before lunch, followed by splitting the field of 19 cars into 2 qualifying sessions before 16 cars battled it out in the last action of the day in the final!

With some incredible machinery on display it was always going to be a tight affair, one that was eventually won by the ever rapid, flame-throwing Lotus Exige of Steve Guglielmi with a fastest lap time of 1:31.903 and an average speed just a fraction under 86mph… round Cadwell… now that’s shifting!

Steve played it very clever and cool, doing just enough in all of the sessions before returning to the pit lane to keep an eye on others and go back out if his time was under threat, the closest man to threaten Steve’s blistering pace was seasoned Time Attack star Gareth Lloyd in his striking black and orange Mitsubishi Evo clocking a 1:32.255, just some 0.352 of a second off Guglielmi’s pace.

Lloyd's Evo

Rounding out the podium places was the hard-charging, yellow Subaru Impreza of Gavin Renshaw and Lateral Performance. During the first couple of runs in the morning the car had developed some problems, but the Lateral team overcame them to clinch the 3rd place, and even more impressive gaining some real crowd pleasing air-time over the Mountain!

The Club Pro was just as tight; with the Impreza of Paul Doyle taking the points from Evo 9 driver Lee Broadhurst. This result makes Paul a real contender for the Club Pro title when the event hits Snetterton circuit on the 10th of October.
As for the Pro’s, it’s down to the wire for Guglielmi and Lloyd to see who is going to be crowned overall Pro Class champion, and the King of Time Attack!

Are we going? You bet, and should you if you cant make it. Are Garage Awesome going to be the first with our reports and pictures for you to see? Of Course!

Keep your eyes peeled on Garage Awesome for the Club Challenge Class, The EDC and the Modified live show reports this week.

For more info please visit www.timeattack.co.uk

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper / Ollie Novell