From its humble roots in Japan in the 1960’s time attack is going from strength to strength globally. In Australia events like World Time Attack Challenge have seen our humble land take on the worlds best and win. So when Queensland’s local time attack series puts on the Japanese nationals, some of the countries heaviest hitters were set to do battle on Ipswich’s Queensland raceway in what has become a benchmark of the Queensland time attack scene.
Queensland raceway is one of those circuits that looks inherently easy on paper. But with bumpy braking areas and a long radius right hand corners at turn one, two and six it can be notoriously hard on left hand side tyres, and with minimal to no braking depending on aero until turn 3 it can be hard to manage brake temps on the warm up lap. The time attack drivers would be timed on both the sprint and clubman circuits with the times on these tracks added together. The lowest total time over both tracks would then be added together to decide the winners of each class. With the ten fastest overall to compete in the shootout.
With the racers split into 4 groups it sees them compete in street class, street tuned, performance and outright giving everyone the opportunity to battle it out regardless of budget.
Besides all the on track action the car park behind the pits hosted a impressive show and shine despite being the Japanese nationals even some euro sneaked its way in. Standing out in a sea of cars isn’t a easy feat but these 3 replica Gibson Motorsport Nissan’s had people stopping in their tracks with fans inspecting every square inch of all three cars. It’s like taking a step back in time seeing these cars in the flesh, and a rare treat to see the progression from the bluebird through the R31 to the most famous of them, the R32, the car that coined the phrase Godzilla. Speed Nation managed to get up close and personal with all three of these. Keep your eyes open for a full standalone feature here soon.
As the day drew to a close it was time for the top ten shootout, and with a lap of 54.3sec to beat, set by Travis Allen the stage was set for the outright fastest car. The GTR of Chris Alexander who had set a PB on the sprint circuit earlier and with time left in the car there was nothing left to do but attack in the shootout. But unfortunately it wasn’t to be with the car suffering mechanical issues and was unable to complete its flying lap handing the win and the $1000 cash to Allen in the Allens Industrial Evo IX.