Thursday night, 11pm. I arrive in Sydney and my reserved hired Hyundai Getz is unavailable due to the depot being closed at the hour. I resort to ditching hitting Gangnam Style at 3000rpm for a more Japanese Nissan Micra. But I’m not in Sydney for the sole purpose of driving a soft fuel sipper. I’m here for the World Time Attack
Challenge of 2013.
It’s Friday morning, and I’m bolting down the Great Western Highway for the event. Upon arriving I’m greeted by a healthy selection of modified Japanese cars in the parking lot. From Evos to 86s, even classic examples like this Datsun coupe.
Through the underground tunnel to the main area which was brimming with eye candy. The pit lanes were full with hero cars and high level builds.
Dedicated to getting sweet shots for you guys, I was told off by staff a few times for lying down in places I shouldn’t be. ;P
Crews were hard at work to bring out their cars optimum setup, which made me feel a bit intrusive at first.
But the crew members could not be any friendlier, such as the team behind the Jones Brother Racing Supra; extending warm welcomes to myself and others which strengthens my faith in the bonds we car enthusiasts have as a community.
Away from the pits were the show stands and a show and shine. Local industries and personal builds take charge here and welcomed the audience to the strong Australian scene.
There were various stores showing off their gear…
…and delicious demo cars.
The kind chap behind this Impreza being kind enough to hand out free hats to attendees, and saved my face from a Jersey Shore fate.
E-famous rides were about at the Lowdown.com booth with rides such as the Zomaya Evo and 34 Lai GT-R.
Elsewhere, beastly builds such as Mercury Motorsport’s Nitto GT-R and PPRE’s 6 rotor RX4 were momentarily tame enough for a closer look.
To put it short, the grounds were a jar full of JDM candies.
Further out back, there was some more action. Ranging from functional rides…
To something more fond of gravity.
Interesting aesthetic options were found with this Civic sporting a peanut STi bumper.
Hopefully our police won’t defect this.
Car gear was also present, with stickers and accessories available.
On to the racing. With a full 2 days of racing against the clock ahead, there was nothing but blistering performances from all categories.
There was no doubt, however, that the main attractions were the Pro and Pro-Am classes with their outlandish aero…
…and celebrity drivers,such as Tsukuba record holder Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing S15.
Tarzan Yamada, piloting the Espirit NSX.
As well as Nobuteru Taniguchi, being the pilot of not one, but three different vehicles.
Suprisingly, last years record was smashed early by Tilton Interior’s Evo. Rewriting the Nemo Racing’s Evo’s record of 1:25.0200 by a fractional margin with a time of 1:24.8550.
The Nemo Evo still baring its fangs on the track by laying down times 2-3 seconds behind the lead, despite running into mechanical issues.
Between sessions were demonstrations by the Motul Turbo Legends, which sees some precious racing history bolt down the track.
An F40 blessed the track with its presence shortly after.
This year saw the birth of a new event, the Flying 500; a 500m dash to record top speed at the goal as opposed to a clocked time like a 1/4 mile drag.
Ultimately, the Mick’s Motorsport Evo took the crown with a top speed of 252km/h.
The time attack has been going smooth for the most part, but has seen incidents on the track with a number of crashes and mechanical faults. One of the big incidents was the Employment Medicine R32 spilling its juices on the last few corners. The spill was cleaned without too much delay. Despite that, a visible trail was left from the absorbent.
Luckily, it did not present itself as too much an obstacle to the competitors, no matter the platform.
The challenge wrapped up at Saturday afternoon at the podium, with awards being handed out to the fastest drive platform in each class and the overall fastest 3 of the class. The fastest in each class were:
JUST CAR CLUBSPRINT CLASS
1. Process West WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:39.2470
2. BYP Motorsport S2000 | Benny Tran – 1:41.0360
3. Superpro EVO 9 | Jason Naidoo – 1:41.2560
V-SPORT OPEN CLASS
1. BC Automotive R32 GTR |Dean Lillie – 1:31.7980
2. V Sport/Go-Pro Evo X | Rick Bates – 1:32.4260
3. BYP Racing Integra |Benny Tran – 1:32.6800
GARRETT PRO AM CLASS
1. Precision Maintenance EVO | Mick Sigsworth – 1:30.9570
2. Sutton Bros S15 | Andrew Sutton – 1:31.8320
3. Autotech Engineering WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:32.4040
ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS
1. Tilton Evo | Garth Walden – 1:24.8550
2. MCA Suspension S13 | Earl Bamber – 1:27.3670
3. Nemo/Auger Torque Evo | Warren Luff – 1:27.7080
This year’s World Time Attack Challenge will definitely be an event to remember. Props to all the teams for their hard work and performance; to the organisers for bringing such a large scale event to my homeland, Australia; and to the attendees and media, whose burning automotive passion brought vibrancy and life to the weekend.
*slips on leather jacket and black sunnies* I’ll be back.
Words – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Photos – Shahid Mohamed Islam