ATL Auto Racing Team eyes record
ATL Automotive Racing Team is all revved up for this weekend's Heroes of Speed Meet at the Dover Raceway in St Ann.
Driver Natasha 'Chiney Dolly' Chang, who claimed two second-place trophies in last July's meet, is brimming with confidence.
"I was very happy with my previous performance as I did not expect to come so close to the meet record. My goal was to clock 1:29:00 seconds and I beat that. So I'm excited about this one," she said.
Having made further upgrades to the her 1995 Honda Civic, Raj Jadusingh, chief engineer, believes the car is in record-ready form for the MP1 (Modified Production Class 1) category.
"We tested the car a few days ago and we believe the record is achievable. At the last meet in July, Natasha came very close to the record clocking 1:28:20 seconds, just two tenths of a second outside the 1:28:20 meet record," he said.
Mr Jadusingh said this time around he is even more comfortable with the car.
"I am very pleased with the power of the car. Since the last meet in August, we have undertaken some work on the rear diffuser, improved the design of the front splitter and installed a fuel spell to increase the safety and weight distribution. We have also widened the front rim to improve handling," he explained.
Chang is mindful of her competitors who have been upgrading their cars.
"I know they are going to come out hard and will not go down without a fight. But having gone through a practice session, I am very confident in myself and the car and believe we have a great chance of coming home with a first place and a record," she said.
Natasha said having placed second in the last two meets, the team wants to end the season on a high note with a win.
"Racing is one thing, but to finally be on the podium after all the hard work would definitely be a great feeling. I would be ecstatic," she added.
The ATL Automotive sponsored Honda Civic which was unveiled days before the July meet, is the first of its kind locally built and the most technically advanced for the MP1 category.