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Tire Testing the Achilles ATR K-Sport at Streets of Willow

Yuta and Amir spent the Memorial Day Weekend working with Apex Tire to test a new competitor in the street tire market.  The initial results were very promising, with the tire producing both fast and consistent laps.  It was a busy weekend at Willow Springs with track events at both Streets and Big Willow, and drift events at Horse Thief Mile and the oval.

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Yuta’s EG was the test subject with his Watanabe’s wrapped in 225 ATR-K Sport’s supplied by Apex Tire. The ATR K-Sport is one of two new competitors in the U.S. street/track tire market from Achilles Radial .  The first is the Achilles 123S that Amir used at Super Lap Battle to take home the victory and set a new class record.  The second is the tire that we spent the weekend testing, the ATR K-Sport, a new 140 treadwear tire that will be offered in 15″ sizes.  The ATR K-Sport did not fail to impress as it performed flawlessly throughout the weekend.  A common problem with 140+ tw tires is their loss of performance after a couple laps, and the ATR K-Sport held up to constant abuse while delivering consistently fast laps.  Yuta ended the weekend with a new personal best in both directions.  The new performance tires from Achilles are showing serious promise and we’re looking forward to further testing over the next few months as we run them on our Time Attack cars.

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We ran into Redline Time Attack Competitor Joel Etrata, who out there with his Integra after some recent upgrades.  He was looking very quick on track posted some great lap times

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There was a new Camaro Z28 in the paddock that I couldn’t stop staring at.  GM got it right with the Z28 and looked right at home on the racetrack.

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Cody Miles and his Subaru STI were out as well.  The most unique aspect of the car is the air suspension.  He’s a new competitor at Redline Time Attack events and has been working to optimize the air suspension for the track.  His work paid off as he became the first competitor to win a time attack event on air.

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Top Drift Round 2 was going on at Horse Thief Mile.  Jason Kim’s Rival Auto S13.32 looked great both on and off the track.

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Our friends Kenny Chieu and Adam Knapik had a successful weekend at Top Drift with Adam coming in 3rd place in his red chrome S14 and Kenny managing an impressive 2nd place finish considering he was in a borrowed car with a stock SR20.