Site: Eastern Creek International Raceway, Sydney, Australia
This year’s World Time Attack Challenge has definitely improved when compared to 2010, and with a gathering of such significance, it’s no wonder people have been calling it the “event of the year!” It’s great to see some of the fastest cars from Australia, Japan, America and New Zealand all brought together with a single purpose in mind: take first place at Sydney’s very own Eastern Creek International Raceway.
A few of the new participants for the third year of World Time Attack Challenge included Suzuki-san in the Scorch Racing S15 from Japan, local Australian Ben Creswick in his carbon-fiber Hankook WRX, Mitsuhiro Kinoshita in the Garage Revolution RX-7 (a car that holds the ground-breaking 53.6-second class record at Tsukuba Circuit), Steve Glenney and Mark Hansen in their R35 GT-Rs, and Kiwi Boy Jono Lester in the Team RevolutionNZ EVO. With quite a few new competitors in the Pro class, it was difficult to predict the outcome, but drivers like Tarzan Yamada and David Emphringham had the advantage of knowing the track better than their competitors, having driven Eastern Creek in 2010.
During Thursday’s practice session, the Garage Revolution FD3S RX-7 managed to sneak up behind Tarzan’s ’10 record by a few hundredths of a second. The Cyber EVO had some drama in the morning, which lead to missing a few sessions, but the team managed to pick itself up and put down some solid times. The event wasn’t running as smoothly as it should have been for the guys at Sierra-Sierra — a bad ring and pinion in the differential required the team to quickly remove the motor and diff. The same troubles plagued Scorch Racing; unfortunately, the team also ran into a transmission failure.
The time that gave the Cyber EVO team the victory in 2010 was broken by Tarzan on Friday, laying down a 1:30.369, which was slightly quicker than last year’s winning time. Garage Revolution managed to run a 1:30.616 and Sierra-Sierra with a 1:30.749.
With a forecast of rain and strong cloud cover for Saturday, temperatures dropped very quickly early morning. As a result of the unexpectedly cool temperatures, two of the Pro class cars smashed the 1:30 barrier into the 29s! Overtaking Tarzan was David in the Sierra-Sierra EVO with a time of 1:29.024, leaving Tarzan in second place with a 1:29.751. Everyone was shocked with the amount of time they had swiped off last year’s 1:30.587.
As the afternoon came about, so did the fierce-looking storm clouds. The Cyber EVO team opted to sit out of one session when Sierra-Sierra ran a 1:29.024. Unfortunately, things weren’t going so smoothly for all of the teams — Suzuki-san in the Scorch Racing S15 managed to break another gearbox, forcing the team out of the competition. Not long after, Tarzan was back out in full force and managed to turn a 1:28.851, which would turn out to be the fastest time of the weekend. As soon as the Cyber EVO pitted, a light shower started over the Creek, which left the team smiling and knowing their time was safe. It was hard to tell what was happening in the Sierra-Sierra garage because the team’s pits were completely blocked off from all spectators and photographers. After the dust settled and the sun set over Sydney, another successful World Time Attack Challenge drew to a close. Since the debut back in 2009, this event seems to be getting bigger and better each year, so we’re really looking forward to 2012!
|1||Tarzan Yamada||CyberEVO||Mitsubishi EVO IX||1:28.851|
|2||David Empringham||Sierra-Sierra||Mitsubishi EVO VIII||1:29.024|
|3||Mitsuhiro Kinoshita||Garage Revolution||Garage Revolution||1:30.501|
|4||Garth Walden||Tilton Interiors||Mitsubishi EVO||1:30.866|
|5||Anda Suzuki||Scorch Racing||Nissan Silvia S15||1:31.456|
|6||Mark Berry||Advan/Hi Octane Racing||Nissan R34 GT-R||1:31.905|
|7||Warren Luff||Prep’d Motorsport||Lotus Exige GT3||1:32.916|
|8||Kouta Sasaki||Panspeed||Mazda RX-7||1:32.034|
|9||Steve Glenney||GT Auto Garage/HKS||Nissan R35 GT-R||1:32.413|
|10||Earl Bamber||MCA Suspension||Nissan Silvia S13||1:33.062|
|1||Nicholas Kalis||IS Motor Racing/Piazza Doro||Mitsubishi EVO||1:34.826|
|2||Simon Podlewski||Morpowa Racing||Nissan 180SX||1:35.779|
|3||Jason Wright||Autotech Eng/Process W||Subaru WRX||1:35.855|
|4||John Boston||Insight Motorsports||Honda S2000||1:37.267|
|5||George Whenn||Revzone||Mitsubishi EVO||1:37.654|
|6||Rick Bates||V-Sport||Mitsubishi EVO||1:37.692|
|7||Brad Trenwith||S2 Performance/Hankook||Mazda RX-7||1:37.751|
|8||Alif Mohamed||Hamdan Chasers Motor.||Mitsubishi EVO||1:37.984|
|9||Mick Sigsworth||Mick Sigsworth||Mitsubishi EVO||1:38.167|
|10||Jason Hart||Ultimate Tunes||Subaru WRX||1:38.186|
|1||Marek Tomaszewski||Marek Tomaszewski||Nissan R35 GT-R||1:42.491|
|2||Miles Tauber||CRD||Nissan R35 GT-R||1:47.708|
|3||Ovidiu Zaberca||Hi Octane Racing/ Advan||Mitsubishi EVO||1:43.014|
|4||Jason Naidoo||IS Motor Racing||Mitsubishi EVO||1:43.042|
|5||Jacky Yick||Link Intl/Pro Concept||Nissan Silvia S15||1:43.980|
|6||Jarred Bouffier||Jarred Bouffier||Mitsubishi EVO||1:44.153|
|7||Scott Stewart||Prep’d Motorsport||Mitsubishi EVO||1:44.874|
|8||Neville Scott||Scorpion AWD||Subaru WRX||1:44.916|
|9||David Lord||Tunehouse Racing (THR)||Subaru WRX||1:45.759|
|10||Tristan Catford||Steve Knight Racetech||Mitsubishi EVO||1:45.963|