Some of the quick­est tur­bocharged Vaux­halls gath­ered at Ken­drew Bar­racks to see which car could achieve the high­est speed over a mile-long sprint…

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - WORDS Dan Furr PHO­TOS Andy Tip­ping

We join the guys and girls of Z20LET Lovers as they host their sec­ond an­nual sprint com­pe­ti­tion along the Ken­drew Bar­racks run­way.

Or­gan­ised by the guys and girls of Z20LET Lovers (thought to be the largest Vauxhall/Opel en­thu­si­ast group in the world), Race Wars was a pop­u­lar fix­ture in the cal­en­dar of Grif­fin own­ers far and wide when it launched at Ken­drew Bar­racks in the East Mid­lands last sum­mer. Af­ford­ing own­ers of some of the UK’s most pow­er­ful two-litre, tur­bocharged hot hatches the op­por­tu­nity to test the abil­i­ties of their cars in a safe, con­trolled high­speed en­vi­ron­ment, the event saw pow­er­ful Vaux­halls line up side by side be­fore they sped off into the dis­tance, their proud pi­lots hop­ing to score im­pres­sive sprint times along the mile-long stretch of run­way the RAF’s Har­rier GR9 squadrons used to call home.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, de­mand for a re­peat of last year’s event was high thanks to re­ports from at­ten­dees re­gard­ing the fun they had ham­mer­ing their cars flat-out. “Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of 2017’s Race Wars, al­most dou­ble the num­ber of Vaux­halls par­tic­i­pated in Race Wars 2 when we re­turned to Ken­drew Bar­racks a few weeks ago,” beams Z20LET Lovers ad­min­is­tra­tor, Rix Sidhu. “More than a hun­dred peo­ple and seventy cars were in at­ten­dance,” he says, con­fi­dent that an even big­ger Race Wars will take place next year.

In ad­di­tion to venue hire, spec­ta­tor pad­docks close to the strip, re­fresh­ments and event or­gan­i­sa­tion, Z20LET Lovers pro­vides Race Wars par­tic­i­pants with ac­cu­rate tim­ings across the quar­ter-mile, the full mile, zero to sixty mph and var­i­ous other mea­sure­ments recorded on its

pri­vately owned VBOX Mo­tor­sport pro­fes­sional tim­ing and video cap­ture equip­ment. Split into three classes based on en­gine power out­put, tro­phies are dished out to those reg­is­ter­ing quick­est times and top speeds, with a spe­cial award for the slow­est car of the day!

Of those com­pet­ing, Craig McCready’s lightweight VX220 scored the fastest quar­ter-mile with a time of 11.68secs. The same car also achieved the quick­est dash to 60mph from a stand­ing start, achiev­ing the feat in just 3.55secs.

At the other end of the ta­ble, Drew Whe­lan bagged sil­ver­ware for be­ing the slow­est com­peti­tor thanks to his Zafira VXR only man­ag­ing a top speed of 119mph, although we’re told the boost bus’s clutch was badly slipped un­der load.

Matt Loane and his Lambo-painted Mk5 As­tra VXR (as fea­tured on the cover our De­cem­ber-Jan­uary is­sue) won top honours in the ‘450bhp and over’ class with a recorded speed of 185mph. Chris Pit­tham man­aged to win the 360-450bhp class with his As­tra’s top speed of 167mph, while Matthew Buck­man reigned supreme in the 250-360bhp class with 166mph achieved in the Mk4 As­tra GSi owned by his girl­friend, Char­lotte Mor­rish.

“It was a great day. Every­thing ran smoothly, and we were pleased to wel­come mem­bers of SAABWorx, as well as var­i­ous other own­ers clubs,” says Rix, high­light­ing the warm, friendly at­mos­phere that makes Race Wars such an en­joy­able event, ei­ther as a driver, pas­sen­ger or sim­ply as a spec­ta­tor. We’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to Race Wars 3. Sign up to the Z20LET Lovers Face­book page for an­nounce­ments. In the mean­time, here’s a se­lec­tion of the pho­tos we took at Race Wars 2!

Same time next year, yeah?!

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