Once the Tilton Interiors Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX smashed records by massive margins not once, two times however for three consecutive years, it looked as though the only method to reign supreme in the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge was by having an all-wheel drive platform.
We predicted that records would keep falling, but we never might have imagined the whole Pro class being covered with RWD. But that’s precisely what happened a few days ago at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Tim Slade slayed your competition this season within the Australian-developed MCA ‘Hammerhead’ Nissan S13, using the Pro class victory and resetting the WTAC lap record along the way having a mind-numbingly quick 1:22.19.
Actually, the 3 top cars within the Pro ranks all eclipsed the Tilton Evo record (1:23.77) set by Garth Walden in 2015. Barton Mawer, driving the PR Tech Racing Porsche 968, snuck into second outright late on Saturday having a 1:23.03, and Japanese driver Under Suzuki ran a brand new PB of just one:23.13 in the Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia S15 for third place honours.
Pro-Am class led to spectacular fashion too. After dominating all weekend, Mick Sigsworth’s campaign was nearly led to the ultimate minutes from the Shoot-Out challenge by Take advantage of Nguyen and the 101 Motorsport ‘MightyMouse’ Honda CR-X as he ran a brand new PB of just one:27.61 – simply amazing for any front-wheel drive. Team PMQ responded by clenching the title back having a cracking 1:27.45 for his or her forth consecutive victory on their own final lap from the event. Additionally they required home the quickest 4WD honours.
Open class honours visited Nathan Morcom and also the ‘Team Sparta’ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX. The very first time in WTAC history, Open class cars dipped underneath the magic 1:30 lap – a period quick enough to win outright honours within the Pro class only a couple of years back.
And Daniel Meredith defended his Clubsprint class title and were able to shave .2 seconds off his fastest lap of 2015, pushing his little Honda Social to some 1:39.27.
That’s all for the time being, but we’ll be getting a more in depth wrap and lots of action from both off and on the track in the 2016 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge soon.