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Welcome back to part 2 of the 2012 FF Battle 4 coverage. Today we will dive right into the race day portion of the FF Battle series. Yesterday, we got to take a first glimpse at some of the competitors on the dyno and today we’re going to be taking a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during the track portion. You’ll see a larger variety of vehicles than in year’s past because Super Street’s FFB4 event coincided with Import Tuner’s FR Challenge as well as Raceline USA’s track day. I actually thought that this was a good idea because we all got to see some cars that we probably wouldn’t see anywhere else. There are a lot of guys who just do track days exclusively now that have nice cars and wouldn’t think to take them to meets or car shows anymore. Some are just pure bred race cars anyways and stick to just going to race events. I also saw a nice group of new Scion FR-S’ at Willow Springs that were out there for testing. It was cool to see some modded ones because I am a big fan of the car and am interested in seeing them built to their full potential…

As I stated yesterday and every year we’ve done this; I CANNOT RELEASE THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION. I don’t even know them anyway but I couldn’t tell you if I wanted to. You guys will have to wait until a month or so from now when the results are unveiled in print. I really enjoyed FFB4 because of the new location change. Autoclub Speedway always seemed kind of restrictive and there wasn’t much room for us to move around. The track itself was probably larger than Willow Springs but spectators really couldn’t see anything other than on the straights of the track where competitors were blasting through at full speed. At Willow Springs, you could actually get a pretty good view of the entire track just from wherever you were standing. If that didn’t give the event a better overall feel, the competition itself was also much more on a level playing field due to the fact that all FF cars participating this year had to be naturally-aspirated. This meant no turbo or supercharged cars. You were only allowed to compete if you had an N/A vehicle. Super Street thought about opening the competition up to all makes and models but there weren’t enough non-Honda applications to warrant the change…

I hope you guys enjoy the photos as I think this year’s coverage was the best so far out of the 4 FF Battle events. I had plenty of time to stay around this year which meant that I was able to get the photos that I wanted. That in combination with the other cars that weren’t competing in FF Battle made for a good mix of content. I even got a couple of track photos this year too which was something that I didn’t even bother to attempt in the past because of where we were forced to sit at Autoclub Speedway. There should be one, maybe two more parts to follow. I took a considerable amount of photos that day, which I didn’t think was going to happen since we got to the event late. The guys decided to party until 4am so we didn’t end up getting on the road until 9am or so. It had little effect on the coverage in the end and now you get to enjoy Day 2 of FFB4…

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One of the first cars I spotted that Saturday morning was this ASM-adorned S2000 that was competing in the Import Tuner FR Challenge…

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I cruised up to Willow Springs with Rywire Ryan and in another car was some of the ATS Garage guys. We saw Nick Caster’s CR-X as well as his truck and trailer so we walked over to chat with him to see how the event was going so far…

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One Honda that I was pretty surprised to see was CLOUT aka Geoffrey Pascual’s S2000. It had to have been more than a couple years since I’ve seen this car in person and I’m happy to see that it still looks exactly the same as I remembered…

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Always been a fan of the Mugen SS aero kit and the Top Secret diffuser/vortex generator combo…

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One of the pieces that makes CLOUT’s S2000 instantly recognizable from the rest is the 3-piece Mugen wing that you don’t see very often on other S2Ks…

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I was staring at this FR-S from Cusco all day. I love what 5Axis did with their lip kit…

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Here’s the yellow ITR from yesterday’s dyno day coverage, now with white TE37s on it. Again, it didn’t participate in the FF Battle competition but it would have been cool to see it out there running with the rest of the pack…

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Brian from Hasport’s son owns and pilots this 1st gen. Honda CR-X. It too wasn’t competing but did manage to log some track time at Willow Springs that day…

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Kane’s EJ1 Civic coupe track-prepped and ready for battle…

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I caught a bunch of us staring out into the parking lot of Willow Springs at this immaculate AE86 Trueno….

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Walked over to another FR-S at the event and finally got a chance to see what the engine bay looked like. As expected, it was cluttered and busy but definitely has some potential to get cleaned up. Also noticed that this FR-S already had the JDM Toyota FT86 badges on it…

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Jonathan Wong from Super Street liked May’s cupcakes so much from the Wekfest LA event, that he ended up ordering two dozen for FFB4. I brought them over to the tent and the guys began chomping away at May’s Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes… Here you can see Elliott from Source Interlink stuffing his face with one of them…

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JDM Wong proving that while cupcakes are delicious, they don’t often result in the most flattering facial expressions during consumption…

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John’s E-AT was finally able to get on the track but he quickly ran into some fuel issues after his first session…

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Despite the problems, John’s Civic made for a nice photo op next to Nick’s CR-X…

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A clean white Civic on Time Attack Volk TE37s sitting in the parking lot…

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Evasive Motorsports’ Voltex S2000 on Volk RE30 Club Sports is one of my favorite S2000s out at the moment… Good to see it competing in the FR Challenge…

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Donut’s DC2 sharing some space over at the paddock area with Eibach Springs and their K-swapped CR-Z…

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Not sure where the Eibach CR-Z finished in the end but it looked like it was flying down the track with Tony Jackson behind the wheel…

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Ken Suen’s FA5 Civic…

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The Sportcar Motion KR-Z was experiencing some cooling issues after its first couple of runs… They eventually fixed the problem and quickly made its way out later that day…

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Simon Pavlick’s Acura Integra on Advan RGs…

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This AP2 had some pretty aggressive aero on it… I like the cut-out in the rear bumper over the Option2 decal, haha…nice touch…

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Pretty interesting to see this widebody RSX on the track. Rare to see over fenders like this utilized to house some wider wheels/tires for functionality instead of on a more conventional show vehicle…

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Red EK with Toyo R888 tires and WED’s wheels next to Yuta Akaishi’s 4-door Civic, which was a part of the FFB4 competition…

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I didn’t get a chance to see Yuta run at all that day because he had spun a bearing and broke his motor by the time I got to Willow Springs…bummer because I spoke to him and he mentioned that the motor had just been rebuilt like 20k miles ago…

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Salem’s TSX had little issues that day and was doing pretty well throughout the day…

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AE86 with a JDM Levin front end conversion and SSR Dori Dori mesh wheels…

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Gary Arakelia’s 2006 RSX Type-S in the paddock…

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Big Mike also had some cooling issues that day but it didn’t prevent it from finishing the competition…

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Elton Lo from Raceline USA stopping to chat with the AE86 before it hit the track…

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ITR from Loi-Spec Garage on Volk TE37SLs wearing a J’s Racing wing cover… Not sure if he participated in the festivities that day but it did a kick ass job holding that canopy down…

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Two more white ITRs from that day…

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Honda Fit on WEDSport wheels up front and the “4” pair of some old school Volk 5/4 wheels…

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Black AP2 sitting on Volk CE28s and a dual Fujitsubo exhaust…

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Silver coupe with Kosei K1 wheels…

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Katman’s K20 EG and Sean Klingelhoefer’s Civic with ITR motor…

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For those that don’t know, Sean has recently made the decision to leave the Super Street staff to pursue other endeavors, one of them shooting for Speedhunters.com…

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Loi from Sportcar Motion making some suspension and wheel/tire adjustments to the K24 CR-Z…

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Nick doing the same but with an audience watching on…

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Nick getting to work on the passenger side wheel…

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The two Ryans… one who eats everything in sight and the other who is burnt to a crisp from his trip to Hawaii…

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Mike Ostby’s RSX did very well that day….

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Supertwinz John taking a moment to enjoy an Oreo cupcake…

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One more of CLOUT’s S2000 on bronze Mugen MF10s…

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I took a similar shot last year with Lee Randle and his ITR at FF Battle 3 but for FFB4, I was able to get a snap of Nick Caster and his CR-X in the distance….

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My first crappy attempt at getting some track shots resulted in this shot of Donut and his Integra…

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Some intense front suspension flex on the SCM KR-Z…

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Sean K…

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Closing today with this shot of Katman on the track in his K20 Civic…

Back with more tomorrow, thanks for looking…

9 thoughts on “FF Battle 4 Coverage…Part 2: Race Day…

  1. vneck dpk jared says:

    geoff Clout’s s2k ftw!!

  2. felipe says:

    love the coverage sir!

  3. Geoff says:

    Thanks for the great pics and coverage, I appreciate it!

  4. Om1kron says:

    Is Jonathan wong fucking immune to the sun? I see pictures of him at wekfest in a jacket its like 100 degree’s and now at willow in a jacket again. Jesus!

  5. Edgardo M says:

    Great shots man! that picture of Nick and his crx in the background is siiiiick!!! and that ITR from Loispec is fire…..Just like all the cars that attended!

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