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HFF Challenge Rounds 1 & 2

HFF Challenge is back for 2016!

By Aaron Gaghagen

Pictures courtesy of CaliPhotography

 

The 2016 HFF Challenge season kicked off with Round 1 at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway on March 20th. The cool temperatures in the morning made for great conditions for drivers to set quick laps in the early sessions. However, with the track located about 75 miles east of Palm Springs, the temperatures climbed into the 90s resulting slower times in the later sessions.

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Hosted by Speed Ventures, HFF Challenge was started in the summer of 2010 by a group of Honda enthusiasts who wanted to add a fun new aspect to the HPDE events that they were already attending. Picture courtesy of CaliPhotography

 

Event 1 Results –Chuckwalla Raceway

Street Class

1. Daniel Cidone
2. Nate Furman

 

Modified Class

1. Sean Conboy
2. Yukio Kishimoto
3. Brian Untalan

 

Super Modified Class

1. Jason Kaplan
2. Nick Chaffin
3. Russell Johnson

 

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Detrmined by the modifications done to your car, you'll be placed in one of four classes. Your fastest time from sessions 2 & 3 will count towards your HFF Challenge time. It's that simple. Typically sessions 4 & 5 are there to have fun and are often are used to get some good video chasing down your friends. Picture courtesy of CaliPhotography

 HFF Challenge is hosted by Speed Ventures and their is goal is to provide well-run and fun events for automobiles on professional road racing circuits and safety is the priority. They can help drivers with no experience to hit the track and find out what their car can do.

 

Round 2 Recap

The second HFF Challenge event of the year was held April 9th at Buttonwillow Raceway. A poor weather forecast in the week leading up to the event left many people hesitant to register due to the weather. Unfortunately the forecast called for certain rain and most drivers chose to avoid the poor conditions. For those that did attend, they were pleasantly surprised to find only damp morning conditions that quickly dried and allowed for multiple drivers to set their Buttonwillow personal best times.

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Hosted by Speed Ventures, HFF Challenge was started in the summer of 2010 by a group of Honda enthusiasts who wanted to add a fun new aspect to the HPDE events that they were already attending. Picture courtesy of CaliPhotography

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Round 2 saw the return of Darin Nishimura of West End Alignment. After taking some time off, Darin is back and will be completing in the unlimited Class this year. On his first day back he managed to put down the fastest time of the day with 1:58 lap time winning a new set of Muteki SR45R lug nuts. Picture courtesy of CaliPhotography

Event 2 Results – Buttonwillow Raceway

Street Class

1. Daniel Cidone
2. Adalberto Rosario

Modified Class

1. Sean Conboy
2. Yukio Kishimoto
3. Daniel Kirby

Super Modified

1. Nick Chaffin
2. James Ingram

Unlimited

1. Darin Nishimura

 

Round 3 will be on May 14th at Streets of Willow at Willow Springs Raceway. For more information on how cars are classified and HFF Challenge in general visit www.hffchallenge.com. Then the next day some HFF Challenge cars will be on display fresh from battle at the 12th Annual Eibach Honda meet at Storm Stadium in Lake Elsinore.

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HFF Challenge was designed with drivers that want to use their cars for what they were built to do. Picture courtesy of CaliPhotography

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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.