Super Lab Battle is no stranger to et. Just like our Tuner GP (elsewhere in this issue), the SLB Finals also happens annually. It's basically a one-day balls-out race to set the fastest single lap time at Buttonwillow Raceway. And with sister mags Super Street, Import Tuner and Modified involved, the Japanese imports dominate the playing field. Classes are divided into front-, rear- and all-wheel drive categories, as well as by tire compounds - there's a street class for competitors with minimal modifications and street tires. Each team has multiple sessions to make their fastest lap. There's no need to run every session - you simply go all-out until you're satisfied with your lap time. Unfortunately, this is the third straight year European cars have failed to perform well in the event. A lack of competitors made it disheartening to watch, with only four Euros in contention. Perhaps the reason for this decline was following a rule change when a Porsche won the event in '06. "Purpose-built" racecars were banned, effectively penalizing the Euro crews and giving the advantage to the Japanese imports, where teams can spend $100,000 on "purpose-built" cars with VIN numbers. The consequence of this rule change took its toll again this year as fully-prepped Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru STIs lit up the track. Whereas the Euro competitors often start with heavier cars and make fewer mods since our scene isn't geared towards building a car specifically for this type of event. Eternally optimistic, we hope to reclaim the championship next year. If you think you have what it takes, visit www.superlapbattle.com for information on registration and schedules. TOP FIVE LEADERBOARD Tuner Car Class Time 1. Sierra Sierra Enterprises '04 Mitsubishi Evo Unlimited AWD 1:45.061 2. Cricket/FX Motorsports '91 Acura NSX Unlimited FR 1:45.247 3. Crawford Performance '09 Subaru STI Unlimited AWD 1:45.552 4. AMS/NOS Energy Drink '08 Mitsubishi Evo Unlimited AWD 1:46.829 5. Driving Ambition '91 Acura NSX Unlimited FR 1:48.072 eurotuner LEADERBOARD Tuner Car Class Time 20. BuddyClub/trackHQ.com '05 Lotus Elise Limited FR 1:56.640 37. Evolution Racewerks '08 BMW 135i Street FR 2:00.994 39. Berk Technology '08 BMW 135i Street FR 2:01.534 47. SPEC Clutch Porsche 911 Street FR 2:06.051 Evolution Racewerks' BMW 135i finished fifth in Street FR class; however, it was alleged that one of its class competitors were running illegal R-compound tires after the event, which would have moved them up. It also proves the car was capable of more than its problematic etGP performance Evolution Racewerks' BMW 135i finished fifth in Street FR class; however, it was alleged t Berk Technology's BMW 135i finished just 0.5sec behind ER's 1-series After building, racing and winning cars for years in Star Mazda and Formula Atlantic series, Sierra Sierra Enterprises built this Mitsubishi Evo 8 to dominate and win this year's SLB After building, racing and winning cars for years in Star Mazda and Formula Atlantic serie By Sam Du Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!