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3rd Annual Yokohama ADVAN World Time Attack Challenge - Technical Knock Out

Scene: 2012 Yokohama ADVAN World Time Attack Challenge; Sydney Motorsport Park, Australia

Brad Lord
Mar 12, 2013
Photographer: Alastair Ritchie
Sstp 1302 01 o+2012 yokohama advan world time attack challenge+lancer evolution IX Photo 1/11   |   Nemo Racing Evo’s owner, Chris Eaton, recruited the services of Australian V8 Supercar driver Warren Luff to extract the maximum potential out of his wild time attack Lancer Evolution IX. A staggering 1:25.020 lap time—and new WTAC record—was the result.

Before a single fuel system had been primed and a spark system ignited, the third annual Yokohama ADVAN World Time Attack Challenge (better known to time attack fans worldwide as WTAC) had shaped up into something special. Not only was the two times and reigning WTAC champion—Cyber EVO—making a return to Sydney, Australia to defend its crown, but one of the most talked about pro-level time attack machines ever built was geared up to make its competition debut. A few weeks prior to the August event, the Nemo Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX's 950whp 4G63 engine had been captured on video exploding in spectacular fashion during a test session. Many questioned whether it would even make WTAC event, and if so, whether or not it could hold together in the heat of time attack competition. It did both and set a new—and unfathomably fast—lap record in the process.

Sstp 1302 10 o+2012 yokohama advan world time attack challenge+no one better Photo 2/11   |   No One Better (left) in the house, er, at the circuit!

On the flipside, the new-look Cyber EVO (the by-product of a new partnership with C-West) failed to complete a full timed lap on the slightly modified Sydney Motorsport Park circuit (around 1.5 seconds faster than previous) after a spate of mechanical issues that saw it completely miss the first day of the event, and then suffer an engine failure (with fire) on the last. Elsewhere in the Pro class ranks, the Tilton Interiors Evo IX claimed second and MCA Suspension's aptly named 'Hammerhead' Nissan Silvia S13 took third—but only after running quicker than 'Under' Suzuki's Nissan Silvia S15 in the very last moments of the event's final session. The bar has definitely been raised for 2013.

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2012 Yokohama Advan WTAC Top 10 Final Results

1. 1:25.0200 Nemo Racing (AUS) W. Luff Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
2. 1:27.1820 Tilton Interiors (AUS) G. Walden Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
3. 1:27.8080 MCA Suspension (AUS) E. Bamber Nissan Silvia S13
4. 1:28.3290 Scorch Racing (JPN) U. Suzuki Nissan Silvia S15
5. 1:29.0520 Top Fuel with Voltex (JPN) N. Taniguchi Honda S2000
6. 1:29.8020 RE Amemiya (JPN) N. Taniguchi Mazda RX-7
7. 1:30.7260 Dominator Evo (AUS) S. Glenney Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI
8. 1:30.7732 Advan/Hi Octane Racing (AUS) M. Berry Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R
9. 1:30.8640 Pulse Racing (AUS) S. Glenney Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
10. 1:32.4470 Notaras Motorsport (AUS) R. Bates Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX

Sstp 1302 02 o+2012 yokohama advan world time attack challenge+honda s2000 Photo 7/11   |  
Arguably the coolest Honda S2000 on the face of the planet, Honda tuning legend Top Fuel teamed up with aero specialist Voltex to launch its assault on WTAC 2012. Although Nob Taniguchi had trouble with handling the 700hp 2.2L turbo weapon, a few quick laps netted a 1:29.0520 best, good enough for fifth outright.
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