More favourable weather conditions and a sizzling lap from Bart Mawer have made for a thrilling start to day two of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior at Sydney Motorsport Park.
As the morning has played out under blue skies and amid cool conditions perfect for blisteringly fast lap times, the competitors have well and truly turned it on for the spectators with times tumbling across the classes.
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In the first ROYAL PURPLE PRO/ROYAL PURPLE PRO AM session this morning, Mawer went ‘sub 20’ with a scorching 1 min 19.825 second lap in the Pro RP968 Porsche 968 – a new benchmark for WTAC and only seven tenths of a second off the outright track race lap record.
Mawer’s nearest rival Warren Luff (MCA Hammerhead Nissan Silvia S13) – who was the fastest overall yesterday – also improved, going quicker in both sessions for a best lap of 1 min 21.398 seconds.
Royal Purple Pro Am front-runner Kosta Pohorukov (Royal Purple/Tilton Racing Mitsubishi EVO) also found more pace, going ‘sub 25’ with a 1 min 24.630 second lap in the first session of the morning but unfortunately endured a light impact yet high-speed crash at turn one past pit exit early in the second session – bring that outing to a premature close.
Pohorukov’s Class rival William Au-Yeung (Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic) found improvement which elevated him to second ahead of Serse Zeli, whose J-Spec Performance EVO suffered an engine drama – the team is now frantically working to undertake an engine change in time for this afternoon’s sessions. Richard Perini also found more pace and held fourth spot in the PR Technology Ginetta G55.
In the LINK ECU OPEN class, Adam Casmiri’s front-running time of 1 min 27.750 seconds from yesterday stood the test in both session one and two this morning. The JDM Yard/Hardrace Honda Civic still leads the class by a handy one second margin but there was movement in the ranks behind.
Josh Coote (MCA Suspension Toyota 86) pushed Nathan Morcom (Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi EVO 9) back to third spot and reckons each lap so far has been anything but tidy. Meanwhile Matt Longhurst (Integrated Motorsport Nissan Skyline GTR R34) moved to fifth behind Steve Johnson (World Best Technology Skyline)while John Boston (XtremeGTR Skyline) found improvement but remains sixth in class.
The V-SPORT CLUBSPRINT opening session this morning saw Stephen Wan and his BYP Racing & Developments Honda Civic post a new benchmark of 1 min 940 seconds, a mere 0.11 seconds ahead of Jim Tu (Team EXE OTR Mitsubishi EVO 9). They were 24th and 25th outright at the end of their second Saturday outing.
Meanwhile yesterday’s pacesetter for the class, Idin Ahangar (Subaru Impreza WRX STi), had his time disallowed due to a technical infringement which meant the third fastest time now belongs to Dan Burton in his Honda S2000. Next best was Brett Dickie (Elusive Racing Honda Integra) ahead of Jamal Assaad (Evolution Racing Spares EVO 6) with the top five covered by just 0.29 seconds.
Breathing heavy behind the five are Jason Naidoo (SuperPro EVO 8), Andrew Wegener (Lone Wolf Racing S2000), Robert Murray (Murray Racing EVO) and David Dalrymple (Bilstein/Zen Garage Nissan Skyline GTR R32).
On now is the Midday Mayhem session, featuring (but not limited to) the popular pit walk, the Prep’d Motorsport Legends, the HKS TRB-03 and the Turbosmart Flying 500.
This afternoon will host one further timed session for the V-Sport Clubsprint and Link ECU Open Classes and two sessions for the Royal Purple Pro Am and Royal Purple Pro Classes, ahead of the Nulon Superlap Shootout for the top five of each class from 3.50pm to 4.45pm.
Following the crowning of the WTAC Winner for the Royal Purple Pro class and the WTAC Class Champions for the V-Sport Clubsprint, Link ECU Open and Royal Purple Pro AM classes with a special presentation at 4.50pm, the conclusion of the International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion will kick off from 5.30pm. For a full event schedule, please click here.
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