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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

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The guys behind Time Attack have not only managed to create a cracking motorsport series but over the last two years, and this year especially, they have also developed a brilliant series of car shows to run alongside their track events: Modified Live!

Garage Awesome visited Modified Live at the last event which was Cadwell Park, and to be honest our intention was to just cover the Time Attack and Drifting events, but we couldn’t ignore the quality of cars on display in the clubstands and also one of the highest class of Show and Shine competitions running too!

Mat Summerfield

The weather was perfect for a car show at Snetterton with bright sunshine and not a cloud in sight, team that with a nice open space, some top facilities and track viewing areas and a good turnout from the club stands and you have the making for a brilliant show.

Some impressive stands were there from clubs from all over the UK including Fast ‘N’ Modded, CMMOC, and new and fast emerging local ‘site Ridin’ So Low (see what they’ve done there?) alongside some of the UK’s top tuners in a small trade village and the might of Max Power who brought some stunning cars along from the latest issue and their large hospitality truck!

Swit Swoo

On the track in between the Time Attack were some amazing demos including the mightily impressive Sumo Power GT race car version of Nissan’s GTR, along with their rally prepared Evo’s and my personal highlight of the none Time Attack action, Mat Summerfield and his amazing MAN race truck, who gave some amazing demo’s, drifting at every opportunity and at one point was twinning with the Apex Performance Skyline driven by the very brave Brett Castle, truly amazing to watch!

Show and Shine saw a refreshing change, with a lot of the “usual suspect’s” cars having being tucked up for the winter or knowing some of them, already ripping them apart for a 2011 refresh! This meant we got to see a new crop of cars battling it out for the prize money and the trophies, but matching the previous rounds high quality of top show cars in each of the categories.

As usual with the Modified Live event the Show and Shine competition was backed by new car care product company Kleers, with some fantastic prizes including £150 for each class winner!

Mk2 VW Golf rallye

On to the winners then, no shortage of complicated judge’s decisions here, but the winners were all really worthy in our eyes. At the top was Paul Whitlam, who you may remember from our USC report, and his green and gold Astra Coupe who walked away this time with Best of Show! Keith Ashew’s Chevvy put on a great display on its hydraulic suspension and took home the Best Lowrider prize and in the UK Future class, it was no stranger to prizes this year, Rob Sarson with the Supra.

The Retro class was won by a concours VW Bay Window Camper, which was parked next to another retro dub; this time the Mk2 Golf Rallye of Paul Williams who claimed the Best Euro trophy. Carl Firman’s Polo received the UK Here and Now prize with Rich Garry taking away the best OEM prize. The last 2 trophies went to the well presented Honda S2000 of Rich Mckee and the Nissan 300ZX of Luke Borg who won Best JDM and best DUB respectively.

Another top day out, and something for the other show organisers to match in 2011, and with details of the 2011 Modified Live events out soon, keep it Garage Awesome for news and dates for all the action next year ready for your diary!

Pic Credits – Ollie Novell

For the second half of Garage Awesome’s coverage of the 5th and final round of the Time Attack series for 2010, we take a look at what was going on and who would claim victory in the various battles within the Club Challenge class.

The Club Challenge class is actually made up of 4 separate classes: 4 wheel drive, rear wheel drive, front wheel drive and a class for those cars without the luxury of a turbocharger or supercharger; the naturally aspirated up to a 3ltr engine class.

The action was split into 2 groups, as with 36 cars signed on to compete it would have been impossible for anyone to put in a quick lap time with so many cars on the circuit at once, so cars selected for group A would run first followed by group B, the times would then be put together giving you an overall Club Challenge class leader board.

Rob cowling wins rd5

After the warm up session, that leader board showed the Nissan Skyline of Walter Morris go quickest overall, Matt Webb’s Wankel powered RX7 was topping the RWD class whilst Romaine Levesque’s Honda CRX was out in front of the FWD runners. Another Honda, this time the Integra DC5 of Paul Hughes, lead the naturally aspirated class.

In the 4WD class, Morris continued to perform well, taking top spot in the practice session with the Subaru of round 4 winner Scott Robson hot on his heels! Warren Kelly’s Escort was running in third ahead of top female driver Fiona Kindness in her Skyline and the first time entrant Darren Robinson in the standard looking, but quick Porsche 996 Turbo.

As we get down to the nitty gritty of the round, qualification saw the immaculate Evo 7 of Rob Cowling claim the group A lead and another Evo, this time Simon Nutter, take the Group B qualification advantage. ahead of Nutter however you would find Kelly, Kindness and Robinson who all put in faster times from Group A than the Group B Winner.

ex BTCC Civic

As the final loomed, title challenger Scott Robson’s Engine had let go almost gifting his championship advantage to his rivals, and they made the most of it! It was again the storming Evo of Rob Cowling that took the round win, half a second ahead of Warren Kelly, a result that would see him overtake Robson in the overall standings. However, 3rd place was enough for the consistent Skyline of Fiona Kindness to take the overall championship win, with Robson’s engine failure demoting him to the 3rd step of the podium.

Phew, and that’s just the 4WD drive class! The rear wheel drive was a little more straight cut with the round win going to Matt Webb in the Mazda, Gordon Wright in the Skyline R33 found himself in the runner up spot, whilst Ford fans can celebrate after Ronnie Amis’s Sierra Cosworth claimed the 3rd podium place.

Overall, the 3 round podium takers also claimed the top 3 places overall, with Webb taking the title, Amis runner up and the bronze medal to Gordon Wright.

Championship winner!

The Front wheel drive class got exciting, with clear leader Bo Neilson’s championship looking safe, however a engine failure put that in major jeopardy, in fact Bo managed to borrow a friend’s Astra VXR with an almost standard engine and suspension to go and put in a time to claim those last vital championship points! But Bo need not have worried, his closest rival, the Mini of Dave Ward, could only manage second on the day and leaving him second overall, 3rd both on the day and overall was another Mini, this time that of Nigel Brown. Romaine Levesque’s CRX took the day’s top honours, certainly one to look out for next year!

Finally the N/A class, again it worked out nice and simply, similar to the rear wheel drive class with the 3 quickest drivers of the day, also taking the 3 championships places. Fastest at Snetterton was the Elise of Jeff Mileham followed by the rare, but very fast, Metro 6R4 of Mark Pollard and Daniel Gannon’s E36 M3 BMW, but with only 200ths of a second separating the 3 drivers, it really could have been anybody’s! Pollard was the man to take the championship, ahead of Gannon and Mileham respectively.

That concludes our coverage of the 2010 Time Attack series, it’s been fantastic and we endeavour to bring you coverage from all the rounds in 2011. A big thanks to all the drivers and the Modified Live team for putting on such a display and congratulations to all those who walked away with the silverware, but for many this isn’t the end… it’s the beginning of some interesting car builds and developments for the new season.

Pic Credits – Ollie Novell/Rich Cooper

It’s no secret that Time Attack has become a firm favourite of both us here at Garage Awesome, and those viewing the blog, with lots of hits on our last report from Cadwell Park from people wanting to check out the action, so it’s no surprise that we were there again to cover the season finale; Round 5 at Snetterton.

The 300 mile round trip to the Norfolk circuit was certainly worth it too, with a full day of action out on the track as well as a supporting show, of which we will bring you the action later this week, but for now we focus our efforts on the action from the top of the pile; the Pro and Club Pro class of the Time Attack Series.

For the Time Attack competitors, Snetterton is the last stop on the calendar after having 4 rounds previous at Oulton, Brands Hatch, Knockhill and Cadwell Park, and is the place where scores can be settled and titles won or lost. Compared to the tight, twisty sections that Cadwell Park has to offer, Snetterton is geared more in favour to the bigger power 4WD machines as it features a couple of nice flowing chicanes and a pair of fast straights, something the less powerful cars would find a major disadvantage.

Evo

As with most finals, they never fail to disappoint and the Pro Class final was no exception to this rule. With the Audi powered Lotus Exige of Steve Guglielmi and CarPlanet Racing’s Mitsubishi Evo, piloted by Gareth Lloyd, both taking 2 wins a piece so far, it all came down to the final round to determine who was king of Time Attack!

The warm up session saw Lloyd post the quickest time ahead of team mate James Nicholls in the distinctive luminous yellow Evo, with Guglielmi in 3rd. However, the practice session saw these 3 swap around with Guglielmi on top ahead of the two CPR drivers.

Qualification followed and saw Lloyd dip below 1 minute 10 for the first time of the day, Guglielmi finished second and a blinding performance from Gavin Renshaw saw him put his Lateral Performance Subaru Impreza up into third.

Championship Winners

The final, however, was edge of the seat stuff, with Lloyd literally following Guglielmi on track, eventually both drivers gunned it and amazingly the Lotus smashed Gareth Lloyd’s qualifying time by 0.7 of a second and looked set to take the win and the title… but hang on, what’s this? Literally 5 seconds behind Steve, came the thundering black and orange Evolution and set a Time Attack record with a 1:08.29 lap, just under a second faster than the Lotus and was more than enough for Gareth to take not only the round victory but claim the overall title too!

Third place on the day went to Gavin Renshaw but it wasn’t quite enough to stop James Nicholls from claiming the final podium spot in the season’s overall standings

The Club Pro Class was just as closely fought, with 2 sections to sort out; the 4WD and the RWD! In the 4WD class early sessions were dominated by Russ Paton’s Evo and the Skyline of Marcus Webster, but as the strain on their cars showed, it was the consistent performance from the Impreza of Paul Doyle that managed to shine through and take the win, followed by another Impreza, this time the Scooby Clinic backed Impreza of Kevin Horsley.

Kev Horsley's Subaru

Third place was taken by the Pink Evo of Simon Deaton, and although Webster managed to go out in the final, it appears the damage to his skyline was rather serious and failed to put in a flying lap! Early pace setter Russ Paton had already called it a day midway through qualifying. The overall Club Pro 4WD Champion was crowned; Kev Horsley with Doyle taking runner up honours and it was Simon Deaton’s second, third place trophy of the day.

The RWD class was a straight fight between 3 cars; the two Garage Whifbitz Supras of team owner Paul Whiffen and driver Steve Linton and the white Lotus Exige of Jamie Wilson. On the day it was the Toyota of Linton that claimed the win with Whiffen 3rd, sandwiching Jamie Wilson’s Lotus between the Toyotas. The overall standings saw Wilson escape the clutches of the Whifbitz boys and claim the title with Linton beating the team boss to claim second.

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper