Amidst drying conditions session two of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior has been run and done ahead of an action-packed Midday Mayhem entertainment session here at Sydney Motorsport Park.
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In the second outing for the Clubsprint competitors, Jason Naidoo (SuperPro Mitsubishi EVO 8) went to the top spot by going sub 2 minutes for the first time today. He nabbed the progressive spot ahead of Dan Burton (Team Burton Racing Honda S2000) while third place sat with Brett Dickie (Elusive Racing Honda Integra).
Josh Muggleton (Liqui-Moly/Volksmuller Volkswagen Golf GTi) remains in the top five in fourth ahead of Jake Lambie (Shinka Autosport EVO 5) while they are chased by Jim Tu (Team EXE OTR EVO 9) and Jordan Cox (Street FX Hyundai i30N) – the top seven are covered by 4.4 seconds at this early stage while still sorting their cars.
A distinct dry line had emerged as the Link ECU Open Class ventured out for their second runs, and times dropped as a result. Evident in this was Nathan Morcom (Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi EVO 9) who got down to 1 min 38.067 and sett a new target for the afternoon sessions to come.
Nicholas Bates (V-Sport Toyota 86) was next best ahead of Adam Casmiri (Jdm Yard/Hardrace Honda Civic), Mathew Erdmann (Lucky 60 Subaru BRZ), Matt Longhurst (Integrated Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32) and Robert Gooley (Ultimate Diesel Tuning EVO 6).
The morning’s sessions finished with Royal Purple Pro and Royal Purple Pro Am out for their second runs. The good news was the rain had stopped and the track was dry.
Also, some of the very quick cars were out for their first sight of the track, including Warren Luff in the 2017 WTAC winning MCA Hammerhead Nissan Silvia S13. He did two laps yesterday for a 1 min 22 second dead and reported he was happy to feel out the circuit in a brief excursion.
It was a Pro Am car that headed the session though with Kosta Pohorukov (Royal Purple/Tilton Racing Mitsubishi EVO) running around in a best of 1 min 30.128 ahead of Luff on a “lazy” 1 min 30.749 and Mawer next.
Fourth fastest overall was Pro Am’s William Au-Yeung before the Canadian’s Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic Si was towed in whilst a red flag was in place. Richard Pirini and his PR Technology Pro Am Ginetta G55 was fifth fastest for the morning.
One of many watching on with interest this morning has been Under Suzuki.
The time attack legend was set to return with a fresh build on his lauded S15 Silvia which he has been secretly working on in a corner of the Scorch Racing workshop in the lead-up to the event.
Despite all the stops being pulled out by Suzuki, his crew and WTAC to make a last-minute air freighting of the car possible, unfortunately time has ultimately become the enemy with the build unable to be completed in time for the car to take part this weekend.
Not one to miss a WTAC – he has been to every one since 2011 – Suzuki has travelled to Sydney regardless to be on-track to support his Japanese countrymen as they search for that one perfect lap. He will also get up close and personal with the fans, signing WTAC’s recently released One Perfect Lap book (available at the Merchandise stand and also at www.wtacshop.com or www.oneperfectlap.com) on the Main Stage at 12.45pm today and 1.20pm tomorrow alongside fellow greats Keiichi Tsuchiya, Tarzan Yamada, Nob Taniguchi, Warren Luff, Garth Walden and WTAC founder Ian Baker.
The afternoon sessions will begin at 1.00pm following the Midday Madness entertainment sessions that include the Burnout Ballet, Drift Demonstration and Turbosmart Flying 500. There will also be the special running of the HKS TRB-03, V8 Motorbike Hot Laps and the Volkswagen Time Attack.
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