Nestled amongst fields of in Kern County California is Buttonwillow Raceway. Many moons ago, Yokut Indians used this area as a meeting place identified by a lone button bush that resembled a willow tree. Now-a-days Buttonwillow Raceway has become the Mecca of Californian go-fast enthusiast. The track can be run in many configuration, configuration 13 has become especially popular with which several time attack records have been set. It is therefore easy to evaluate a car’s performance level using this configuration. Just for reference purpose, the HKS time attack monster EVO set a Super Lap Battle record of 1 min 43.523 seconds in 2007. The NASA Time Trial D class, which I’m competing in this year, has a class record of 2min 5.96 seconds. Having used Toyo RA1 r-compound tire for 2 previous track days, I was anxious to see how my Mazdaspeed3 will stack up to the rest.
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