EVENT – World Time Attack Challenge: Friday Morning

It’s a sunny but windy day here in Sydney, Australia. We’re at the new Sydney Motorsport Park, formerly known as Eastern Creek Raceway. With the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) underway, cars from all over the world have gathered to race against the clock. With the morning session done and dusted, the current leader is Nemo Racing’s Mitsubishi Evo 9 with an astonishing time of 1:25.74, a whole 3 second faster than the record set by Tarzan Yamada in the Cyber Evo last year.

The Australian team has set the bar really high for the rest of the international competitors. It is now up to the rest of the teams to try and catch Nemo Racing. We’re past the half way mark today and the closest team so far is Tilton Interiors with a time of 1:27.31 from their Evo 9 driven by Greg Walden, who placed 4th last year.

Not only has the morning session been filled with fast cars and lap times but also a bit of nostalgia with a quick exhibition of classic race cars from the “Legends Of The Turbo Era”. A couple of decades ago, these were the cars that were the ones to beat and it was a heartfelt sight for all of the fans here today.

From young to old, everyone was appreciating the pedigree of cars that were out during this exhibition.

To add to the variety here at WTAC the drifters took to the track for a quick demonstrating with drivers from Japan, Australia and New Zealand sharing the track all at once. Team Orange led the pack with Kumakubo-San in the Subaru WRX and Suenaga-San in the Mitsubishi Evo 9.

Drifting at WTAC would not be complete without a smoke show put on by no other than Mad Mike from New Zealand. Last year we saw him in his quad-rotor Mazda RX7, but this year he’s back in his RX8 which impressed us no less than his RX7.

After the drifting the track was open again to the WTAC competitors and the hot lap sessions are continuing. That’s it from us for now, be sure to stay tuned and check our Facebook page for live updates throughout today and tomorrow.

I’ll be getting back out now in my 4 layer of shirts and jackets and a media vest to bring you guys more action from WTAC 2012. Hope you guys enjoyed the quick update.

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Words and Photos – Steven Le

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