Not long after the sun had risen over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, a small crowd gathered nearby to mark the official launch of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge. The gathering included media, sponsors, drivers & teams as well as key WTAC staff, however the true stars were the three glamorous machines on display.

WTAC has always been an international affair, and 2017 is no different. The launch centrepiece’s hail from New Zealand, Japan and Scotland respectively, and that’s just a small cross section from the larger competition that literally come from around the globe to storm Sydney Motorsport Park to compete in either the main Yokohama World Time Attack or the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge. WTAC 2017 will also feature exotic & rare cars and demos on track in between race sessions.

Mad Mike needs no introduction, his larger than life personality and aggressive style is loved by fans around world. Attendees will be treated to a real show everytime he gets behind the wheel of his RX-8 BADBUL. It’s 20B engine and clean styling will be a highlight of the Honeywell Garrett Drift Challenge.

The Mazda 767B might not be competing in the event, but it will still take to the track to give fans a chance to witness it in all of it’s glory. Freshly rebuilt after an unfortunate accident at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, this piece of Mazda history is not to be missed!

Scotland is being represented in the Time Attack by Andy Forrest and his highly modified WRX. Andy hasn’t been shy about updates on social media, and has gathered a huge following who are keen to see how his mildly insane mods (chain driven front wheels anyone?) will affect the WRX.

The launch really was the calm before the storm, a relaxed morning before two days of balls-to-the-wall action.┬áIf you haven’t yet got tickets head over to World Time Attack Challenge. This is one event that is not to be missed!

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