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Old 10-06-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default COBB Tuning Surgeline Wins IT-E Championship



Racing wouldn't be racing without a certain amount of drama and the final round of the Oregon Region IT-E race was no exception. Leading up to the final race, COBB Tuning Surgeline-Sponsored driver Cameron Benner had won the last four races putting him solidly into the points lead. His closest rival, John Houdack in the yellow, wide-body NSX trailed with a wide margin with his only win coming at the begining of the season.

However, a peculiarity of the rules allows drivers to bring points from out of region into your home region points race. This allowed Houdack to bring points from a single win at Pacific Raceways from the Washington region, into the Oregon region series. This gave the yellow NSX the point lead going into the final weekend.

Each weekend is comprised of practice, qualifying, a sprint race and a feature race. While only the Spring and the Feature are worth points, the qualifying session determines the grid for both races. In prevsious races, Cameron had been able to put a solid 3 seconds per lap on the NSX, however, it was discovered during practice that 3rd gear in Cameron's STI had gone bad leaving him without a critical gear for turns 7 and 12, two of the more crucial corners at PIR as this is the entrance to the back straight and the high-speed transition from the back to front straights respectively. However, the yellow NSX had mechanical issues of it's own, precluding it from qualifying, which put Cameron on the pole.

During qualifying it was discovered that 3rd gear would work sometimes, the decision was then made to save 3rd, slow the pace and bit and see if a win was still feasible without 3rd. It was. Cameron was able to fight off the yellow NSX for a win in the sprint. This put the point standings with Cameron down by a single point going into the final race.

Another issue that had been discovered in previous race was the Subaru's ravenous thirst. In a 30 minute race, Cameron would be stretching the limits of his fuel load. It was decided that a fuel conserving strategy would be employed. Instead of charging out of the gate and putting a massive lead on the NSX, Cameron would let Houdack by and cruise in his slipstream. Then, with 5 minutes left in the race, would make his move, dash past the NSX and take the win.

However, an error in the pits would make this strategy redundant. Just under ten laps into the race, the NSX pulled off the racing line and parked. It seems that his pit crew neglected to tighten his lug nuts. With the NSX effectively out of the race, Cameron's championship was secured and the COBB Tuning Surgeline STI cruised to a well-deserved victory without the aid of sneaky rule bending.

The NSX was able to rejoin the race several laps down and finishing in 3rd behind the 2nd place Porsche.

Cameron's next stop will be Subiefest scheduled for October 10th at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., where he will battle it out for the title of the fastest Subaru in the land agains't the country's top Subaru tuners. Stay tuned!

Cameron's championship-winning STI was assembled at COBB Tuning Surgline and tuned by lead calibrator Tim Bailey with the COBB Tuning AccessPORT and AccessTUNER Pro.

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Old 10-06-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Is that the TurboLab NSX? Good job on winning. That NSX is fast.

modlist on the Sti?
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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It is not the TurboLab NSX, this NSX is NA.

For this race Cameron was running:

Cosworth longblock
Accusump kit
Blouch Dom 3.0R turbo
Deatchswerk 850cc injectors
Walbro fuel pump
Aeromotive FPR
Aeromotive fuel rails and stainless braided lines
Perrin FMIC
COBB Downpipe
Custom shorty exhaust
Grimmspeed external wastegate setup vent to atmosphere
Moroso oilpan

Stock 6-speed, stock shifter, Cusco twin-plate clutch.

Perrin swaybars/endlinks
Ohlin's Coilovers
Alcon 4-piston BBK

APR rear wing and front splitter

AccessPORT Tuned by COBB Tuning Surgeline

Custom Fabrication by COBB Tuning Surgeline

For Subiefest Cameron has gone with a Perrin Rotated turbo kit with a Garrett GT35R .82
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #4
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You should come down and play with us in the SFR region. Make it a Laguna Seca event or something... we have a pretty good ITE field.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:03 AM   #5
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Nice job guys. Thanks for repping our EWG Up Pipe kit!

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Old 10-07-2009, 02:06 AM   #6
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Congrats. Props to whoever made the video, great music taste.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:23 AM   #7
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Assuming it will have a new tranny?
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:26 PM   #8
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Transmission and new turbo kit are in. Car is about to go on the dyno. We will be at Subiefest competing for sure!

Thanks for the props on the video, it was my first weekend with a new tripod, still getting the hang of it, Nujabes FTW.
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