Can you believe it, World Time Attack 2017 is right around the corner, more so it is less than 2 weeks away with this year is looking like it’s going to be huge with Ian Baker and the WTAC team promising to put on the event of the year. The local & interstate teams are putting in the hard yards to be ready in time for the the big week, where other teams have been planning for 2017 when their WTAC 2016 campaign ended. The international team machines are snuggled up in their homes away from home on their big journeys to Sydney, with one exciting entry from of Team Audi R8 1:1 from Finland has already touched down in Sydney awaiting the event.
For the Sydney teams who are extremely lucky to have Sydney Motorsport Park, the worldwide Mecca for Time Attack in their backyard. Over recent times teams have been getting track time wherever possible using to either test recent upgrades and to optimise their car’s setup. With some teams even using club level events to test, with Pro’s Pulse EVO seen at recent Nulon Nationals rounds, along with the ProAm’s 3-Time winning PMQ Evo which unfortunately has decided not to return in 2017. After a year off from competing WTAC 3-Time winner Garth Walden will be driving the NZ 666 Royal Purple Oils Racing Mitsubishi EVO in Open Class. The car holds multiple records in the New Zealand Superlap Series with Garth taking a few records in this last year. Garth knows Sydney Motorsport Park like the back of his hand, and with 3-Outright WTAC wins to his name he will be looking to add an Open class win to that list.
2015 Open Class winners JDM Yard with their super quick Honda Civic surprised everyone with their pace the last couple years to take out the title in 2015. I know that driver Adam Casmiri & the whole JDM Yard team will be gunning to get their hands back on the Open Class trophy. Having hit the track a couple times this year, they will be ready for any challengers. The RP968 will be back for the 3rd time at this years event, driver Barton Mawer will no doubt want to climb up onto the top step of the podium this year, with the car having tested on multiple occasions this year. The question is, How much faster can the PR Tech Porsche go? Can it beat the mighty Hammerhead? A handful of Clubsprint competitors were also racking up laps, BYP’s Stephen Wan in his Honda Civic continued to impress after taking out Fastest FWD honours at the Aust Time Attack back in June at Wakefield Park, so will be interesting to see how Stephen goes at WTAC. Bathurst local Tim Burt in his Nulon Motorsport Nissan Skyline R34 GTT was getting use to some new upgrades for this year, and also didn’t seem to like his rear tyres. We don’t really mind though!
A new face to WTAC this year is Jordan Cox, if that name seems familiar then cast your minds back to the 2 viral videos that sweep the motorsport scene earlier in the year, of Jordan
competing ragging his IPRA – Improved Production Honda Civic across the top of Mount Panorama at the Bathurst 12Hr & threading the needle through the streets at the Adelaide 500 support races. As you can see Jordan can steer and has a bright future ahead of him, so look out for him in the Team Raptor / IS Motor Racing – Mitsubishi EVO 9. He was on double duty during the day by helping with data & setup along with having a steer.
With just a couple more testing opportunities before the big event, a lot of teams will be burning the midnight oil to get the cars ready for the event. Speed Nation will be there on the ground covering the entire lead up and the best event of the year, The World Time Attack Challenge 2017!
For more details about the event and where to purchase tickets, make sure you visit http://www.worldtimeattack.com/