Event: Attack 2014 – Final Challenge V.1

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“Any professional is intended only to start from the beginning amateur, if there is no stage of good amateur , does not cause the excellent professional is born”

We are no longer amateurs.

There is no other connection in time attack save for that of the driver and their car.  This ‘closed world’ racing has proven to yeild the optimum conditions for attacking the clock.  A bit different than our Battle Evome profiles, here you will get an overall glimpse of the contenders in Attack; some you may very well recognize.

This past weekend at the proving grounds of TC2000, the final event of the rapidly growing ‘Attack’ series took place under the cloudy skies of Shimotsuma.  Not to be mistaken with the Evome series we also cover on NDF, Attack is of it’s own origins.  The Tsukuba Championship had a tremendous showing and to see all the top breeds of Japan’s Attack players in one place was absolutely amazing. On this day, they were given one final opportunity to prove themselves…

The Deep Grip FD3S seen here looking much different than last year.

 

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Grouped by make, we see the Honda clan here.  A few familiar faces, and few strangers…

 

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Iwata-san giving his EG a final inspection before heading out.

 

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And speaking of EG’s, the Yellow Factory EG6 is one you may be very familiar with.  It just so happens that the owner of this car is colleague of Iwata-san, and runs a very similar setup and practices a similar driving style.  A driving style that Iwata-san has perfected over the years…

 

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The HKS equipped Arvou AP1 came out to play a bit as well with what appears to be an updated front splitter.

 

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While not accompanied by the entire entourage, at least one of the Kyushu Danji members made it out to the final round.

 

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The morning scene before any time attack event is very serene.

 

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Another Garage Work build, this EK9 is equipped with a similar front end setup that is becoming very common amongst the cars Iwata-san has a say on.

 

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Off the trailer and warming up in the pits.

 

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The Autobahn Soarer.  A wolf not disguised at all…

 

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…especially after seeing what it’s powered by.

 

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No stranger to TC2000 – look forward to our next Evome profile on this particular car/driver.

 

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Wacky Mate R32 – perfection through simplicity.

 

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The increase in popularity with this particular series shows in the fact that vendors are willing to come out and set up booths despite that this is still not consider much of a spectator sport; still very much a tight knit community.

 

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Another shot of Aka unloading his FD…

 

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32 corner.

 

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The Win’s Silvia – you’ll see later in the coverage that they were fighting for more front end downforce and they got, well…a little desperate.

 

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A different angle on a S2000 we all know so well…

 

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Orange Ball Tuning Garage DC5 – a chassis not seen too often in attack, but here executed in perfection.

 

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Fresh from his last event at Fuji Speedway…

 

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Hara-san and the now famous Car Shop Glow FD.  Hara-san, if you’re reading this, email me the documents!!

 

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Attack 2014 – Maximum Challenge – Tsukuba Championship.  Next post we’ll be hitting the circuit.

 

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Stay tuned.

 

久しぶりに本気で笑った。すごく楽しかった。

けれども、一つだけ踏ん切りがつかないところがありました。

“素人”

素人というのは、一般的に技量の度合いを意味すること。

経験が不足していたり、根本的な素質が足らなかったり、
手がけてからあまり年月がたっていないことを意味します。

“趣味”と言い切ればそれまでかもしれませんが、このステージを走る仲間は皆、超本気。

そしてそのレベルと影響力はもうすでに、“素人”と呼べる領域を超えていました。
それでご飯を食べてる方を“プロ”というならば、これは“アマチュア”が適正でしょう。

最初はどんなプロフェッショナルも、アマチュアから始めるものであり、
優良なアマチュアのステージがなければ、優秀なプロが生まれることはありません。

今までは所詮、自己満足。走っても何も残らない世界・・・・

でも、そこには超本気の仲間がいる。だから、そんな世界を変えたい。

変わらなければ、新しい世界を作っていけばいい。

目指すところは、タイムアタックにかける超本気のアマチュアが活躍する最高のステージ。

 

 

 

 

 

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