2008 Hankook Ultimate Track Car Challenge
Jun 08 at Buttonwillow, CA
Battling against an eclectic and tough mix of competitors, Bart Carter and his Radical SR8 track car squeaked out a narrow win at the 2008 Hankook Ultimate Track Car Challenge. Paul Brown took his LS7-powered Morgan Aero 8 to the second place and his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup to fifth, clinching a 1-2 victory in the Shop Varsity class.
This year, the UTCC saw some even more unusual machinery than last year, like a pair of 1985 IMSA GTO Buick Somersets. Both managed to finish in the top 10 and proved that old-school can still rule. There was even a truck this year, piloted by Troy Lindstrom, which also managed a top-10 finish while only costing about $13,000.
Griggs Racing made sure that Mustangs were well represented. They brought five of the pony cars in various states of trim, and all did well in the competition. Their GR40TT proved a track monster could also be completely streetworthy.
Top honors in the Green Car Challenge were taken by Kevin Boulton in a supercharged, Honda S2000-powered, ethanol-fueled WCM Ultralite S2K locost.
Check out the results here, enjoy a few pix we shot and be sure not to miss the November 2008 issue of GRM for the complete story.
Start: June 8, 2008, End: None