Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2019 Sydney. Celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. And what better way to celebrate than having a massive entry list of awesome cars and crews to celebrate this milestone! 1000 plus horsepower cars hoping to set new records, this is what heaven looks like for any die hard racing fan. Welcome to World Time Attack! The biggest news of the week was the accident of Under  Suzuki crashing down the main straight on Thursday. Putting him out of the event and badly damaging the car. Hopefully we will see him return next year as he is the crowd favourite.

Day one and the return of the Tilton Evo at the hands of Garth Walden putting in a great lap to be in third for the day. The Porsche 968 of Barton Mawer put in a cracking lap time of 1:20.214 but  not without drama. A flying lap was aborted after a lock up into Amaando corner followed by an engine shut down after setting his quickest time which left the car stranded.“On the cool down lap there was an electrical shutdown and I couldn’t get it restarted,” said Mawer. “It’s nothing terminal. Just an electrical hiccup. I wasn’t expecting to go quicker [on that lap] but we had made some adjustments to the suspension and it’s really calmed the car down.“It was coming into corners out of control and I was struggling for vision but I’m more confident in what’s underneath me now. Just goes to show you’ve got to grab the opportunity in every session. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. It takes more laps to get the most out of it.”

Revline Racing having made the trip from Sweden, were working hard to get the car dialed in for the conditions, after having a list of adjustments the team wanted to apply they were up all night until 5am getting the car to their liking. The MCA Hammrhead team were hard at work getting their set up right. Sitting in second with a 1:22.662.

After Day 1 the Pro Class leader board

1. Barton Mawer – 1:20.214 – RP968 Porsche 968
2. Andre Heimgartner – 1:22.662 – MCA Hammerhead Nissan S13 Silvia
3. Garth Walden – 1:23.856 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo
4. Alx Danielsson – 1:25.616 – Revline Racing Porsche 968 GT1
5. Cole Powelson – 1:30.064 – LYFE Motorsport Nissan R35 GT-R

Pro Am Class Leaderboard

STANDINGS:
1. Kostinken Pohurokov – 1:28.749 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evolution
2. Sami Sivonen – 1:29.178 – R8 1:1 Audi R8
3. Kunihoko Bando – 1:30.930 – B-Active Racing Toyota Soarer
4. Richard Perini – 1:31.436 – 991 Racing/PR Technology Ginetta G55
5. Gustaf Burström – 1:32.269 – Revline Racing Porsche 968 GT1

Open Class

1. Brad Shiels – 1:28.219 – XTREME GT-R Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R
2. Matt Longhurst – 1:28.736 – Integrated Motorsport Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
3. Rob Nguyen – 1:29.174 – Dream Projects Australia Nissan S15 Silvia
4. Nicholas Bates – 1:30.949 – V-Sport Toyota 86
5. Steven Johnson – 1:31.047 – WBT Racing – Nissan R33 Skyline GTS-T

Clubsprint Class

1.Brett Dickie – 1:38.824 – Elusive Racing Honda Integra
2. Ben Schoots – 1:39.695 – Harrop Engineering Toyota 86
3. Jamal Assaad – 1:39.866 – Evolution Racing Spares Mitsubishi Evolution
4. Nik Kalis – 1:39.929 – Metropole Mitsubishi Evolution X
5. Trent Grubel – 1:39.949 – DC Jap Automotive Subaru WRX STi

Day 2, the day where everyone put its on for the ultimate lap and everything to play for, The afternoon Superlap shootout.  Baron Mawer and the RP698 Porsche attacked the track, setting a scorching 1:19.277! more than half a second quicker his winning time from last year, and just missing out on the overall track record at Sydney of 1:19.142.

Revline Racing and the Porsche 968 GT1 didn’t get any laps in due a blown head gasket and a cracked engine block ending their chances at showing the Porsche’s true potential.

“We had a serious misfire that started this morning,” said driver Alx Danielsson. “There just wasn’t any speed in the engine – we had about 220[km/h] not 260 down the straight. Our fixes didn’t help so the head is off the car. We’re changing everything we can including injectors to try and find some speed.

“We’ll be back out today. We’ve got the aero working perfectly on this car and we have a lot of support from local company Haltech. It’s great to come out here and be part of the Haltech family.”

With heat playing a major factor, teams looking for cooler conditions in the afternoon to try and come their way. But in the end it was Barton Mawer in the Rp698 Porsche 968 taking the overall win, with Andre Heimgartner in the MCA Hammerhaed S13 second, and Garth Walden in the Tilton Racing Evo 3rd.

ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS
1. Barton Mawer – 1:19.277 – RP968 Porsche 968
2. Andre Heimgartner – 1:21.867 – MCA Hammerhead Nissan S13 Silvia
3. Garth Walden – 1:23.856 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo

HI OCTANE DIRECT PRO AM CLASS
1. Kostinken Pohurokov – 1:26.324 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evolution
2. Sami Sivonen – 1:29.178 – R8 1:1 Audi R8
3. Kunihoko Bando – 1:29.272 – B-Active Racing Toyota Soarer

GCG OPEN CLASS
1. Brad Shiels – 1:28.114 – XTREME GT-R Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R
2. Matt Longhurst – 1:28.736 – Integrated Motorsport Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
3. Rob Nguyen – 1:29.174 – Dream Projects Australia Nissan S15 Silvia

HALTECH CLUBSPRINT CLASS
1. Jamal Assaad 1:38.614 – Evolution Racing Spares Mitsubishi Evolution
2. Brett Dickie – 1:38.824 – Elusive Racing Honda Integra
3. Nik Kalis – 1:39.276 – Metropole Mitsubishi Evolution X

Until next year when it all happens again. Pics by Jack Martin and Ivica Glavas. Next stop Moto Gp Australia! Stay tuned and enjoy the pics!

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