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GridLife – our kind of life!

Haltech recently joined GridLife for the 4th round of its 2017 Track Battle Time Attack series. The competition was held in conjunction with the GridLife South Music and Motorsports festival at the world-class Road Atlanta facility in Braselton, Georgia, USA.

Once again the GridLife crew was able to put on a record setting 3-day weekend event that attracted over 6000 spectators each day.

Haltech was front and center for the show with a prominent display in the pit area and plenty of Haltech-powered vehicles competing on the track.

The Time Attack battle heated up early and proved to be very exciting all weekend long. No purses are awarded in this series but contingency rewards and bragging rights are certainly up for grabs.

The Haltech contingency program awards product credits to podium winners in each category and an extra bonus for Haltech-equipped cars.

The Haltech equipped cars of Anish Ramrakhyani (Honda S2000) and Joshua Orr (Nissan 350Z) performed well.

Both drivers attended the event expecting only to shakedown their cars after radical setup changes but ended up placing quite well in the Street Modified RWD category.

Just as at the Midwest festival, there were exhibition drift sessions with both professional and amateur drifters showcasing their talents for the crowd.

The Unprofessional’s Hert and Rob “Chair Slayer” Parsons were in attendance with fresh Haltech ECU installs powering both drift machines.

Hert’s 13B-REW powered FC RX-7 gets its brap from a Haltech Elite 1500 and a custom 13B terminated harness.

Rob’s unique hand-controlled “finger flicker 180SX” is equipped with a Speedmaster built GM LS engine and a Haltech Elite 2500 with LS Terminated harness controlling it. Rob particularly enjoys the flexibility of the Elite 2500 that allows him to fine tune the hand control setup to suit his unique driving style.

The Koruworks Nissan 350Z made its GridLife debut with a fresh built LS3 and Haltech 2500 ECU in control.

With Formula Drift Pro2 driver Alec Robbins at the helm, the car put on an impressive smoke show for the crowd.

Dylan Sharpe and his 2JZ powered S15 Silvia made the trip all the way from Canada to participate. Dylan’s Nissan is equipped with a Haltech Elite 2000 ECU and IQ3 display dash.

Punctuating the Time Attack and Drift sessions were HPDE run groups. HPDE stands for “High Performance Driving Event” and includes a Beginner group with mandatory driving instruction. The intermediate group contains HPDE experienced drivers and the Advanced group is for seasoned drivers looking to test and tune their racing setups.

HPDE is intended to be used for driver education and is not competitive in nature. It gives those who are new to track a chance to practice the racing craft, learn a track they have never visited before, or test a new setup.

Many of the beginner and intermediate drivers will go on to competition of some kind either wheel-to-wheel racing, time attack or otherwise.

GridLife and other club events that hold HPDEs allow new drivers to accumulate valuable seat time without the pressures of competition. New driver inclusion and retention is crucial for amateur motorsport’s survival. GridLife recognizes this and strives to make new drivers feel welcome in the community and they succeed in spectacular fashion.

And of course it wouldn’t be a festival without some music. This year’s bill was topped by Grammy award-winning recording artist Ludacris and featured other acts such as Savoy, Air Credits and Willy Joy.

Haltech is proud to be a Major Sponsor of such an outstanding series and we would like to congratulate the GridLife crew for another successful event and a job well done on this year’s GridLife South Festival.

2017 Track Battle Round 4 Official Results: www.grid.life

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