Where do I start this year? Anyone that was standing near the Nemo pit garage when the voice came over the PA shouting “one twenty five” will know exactly what I am talking about!
It would be fair to say that over the past two years Tarzan Yamada has made the motorsport community stand up and take notice of the sport of time attack with lap times in the 1.28-29 range with Canadian Indy driver David Empringham not far behind him, but what Warren Luff achieved in the newly finished Nemo Evo will have the racing community scratching their heads for a very long time.
This is now by far the fastest sedan to ever lap the circuit by quite a margin too. A big congratulations to Luffy, Chris Eaton, Andrew Brilliant and the Mc Elrea racing team, you have not only moved the bar you have kicked it right of the stand!
The Pro Class podium was filled with Aussies for the first time ever with the long time Australian time attack team Tilton Interiors in 2nd and Queensland based MCA suspension in 3rd in a rear wheel drive battle that went right to the end with Scorch Racing.
The competition in the other classes was just as fierce and congratulations to all of the winners.
Our trade display was the best we have seen to date with fans getting the chance to meet with all of the top tuning brands, check out their new products, ask questions and get their photos taken with some very attractive ladies.
After the sun went down the top end of the track was lit up with the Tectaloy drift Challenge with the Aussies once again taking on the Kiwis and the infamous Team Orange from Japan. In the end it was Japanese D1 driver Naoto Suenaga who got the win from Tony Harrison and Leighton Fine.
So what’s in store for 2013? Well we can certainly say that we will be looking very carefully at our rules. There is no question the rules need revising in the light of the incredibly fast lap times recorded not just in the Pro but also in the Open and Clubsprint classes. These changes are not meant to exclude anyone but simply fix the “holes” that exist in the current rulebook and create safer, less controversial racing into the future. Many of the overseas teams have already vowed to return so World Time Attack fever is set to get even bigger and better next year.
Despite the gale force winds we managed to sidestep the rain the engulfed much of Sydney and to all our fans that braved “the coldest weekend in four years” we say a big thank you.
To our sponsors, in particular Yokohama Tyre and Tectaloy who have believed in my vision from day one, a huge big THANKYOU.
To all our other sponsors, traders, race teams, officials, media and everyone that travelled the thousands of kilometers to be here THANKYOU. You are the people that make WTAC what it is today. See you all next year!
My parting words would have to be… Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
CEO Superlap Australia