When GST Motorsports decided to pull out all the stops on their Subaru Impreza “L” time attack machine for the final session of Round 4 of the Redline Time Attack Series, pro driver Gary Sheehan was ready to unleash the car’s true potential. Ripping off a tire blistering 1:38.396 lap time around Auto Club Speedway’s 2.89 mile ‘roval’ track layout, the time was fast enough to win the Overall Championship by more than 3 seconds over the closest competitor, as well as setting a new track record with a top speed of over 170mph.
In fact, the lap was so unexpectedly fast that Redline Time Attack officials had to verify that Sheehan didn’t shortcut the track. When the lap was verified, officials turned to the car to ensure the tires were legal and that the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza “L” conformed to the rules. The car was cleared and Sheehan was announced as the Overall Champion of the event.
“The team has been working very hard to develop this car to its potential”, said Sheehan. “This weekend we were able to wring the maximum potential out of the car. We got the balance just right and the car had huge power. I knew the car had potential to challenge for the win, but we were all a bit surprised by the laptime the car did! To not just win the Overall Championship, but to beat our closest competitor by such a big margin and set a new track record, that’s just awesome!”
“Our strategy of increasing engine rpm limits throughout the event presents a constant challenge to a driver to keep up with changing conditions”, said Mike Warfield, owner of GST Motorsports. “Gary just sets about the task at hand with the car we give him. It’s not easy to get everything the car is capable of with no practice time at those extreme power levels. But time after time, Gary is able to quickly adapt to these sudden changes and pull out impressive performances.”
Sheehan and the GST Motorsports team are now setting their sight on the final Redline Time Attack of the season at Virginia International Raceway in October. With significant changes to the car lined up, the team has very high expectations for their performance on the east coast.
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