Such was Mick Sigsworth’s dominance of the Garrett Pro Am class over the last three years that the pre-event rumour mill concentrated on who will come second and third rather than trying to predict the class winner. As it happened Mick came dangerously close to losing his Pro Am title this year and not to the hard-charging Chris Alexander in his powerful R32GTR either. The challenge came from a much more diminutive contender…
Team PMQ had a rather conservative first day. While there were no obvious problems with the car, Mick was visibly off the pace against the field and certainly way off his best time.
The exact opposite can be said of Rob Nguyen who made his intentions clear right from the start smashing out a 1:29.28 and finishing Day One in the No.1 spot, ahead of Sigsworth on 1:29.89.
Things didn’t improve for Sigsworth in the morning of Day Two with Chris Alexander laying down a 1:29.62 and pushing the PMQ Evo into third.
Sigsworth finally found his mojo and responded in style with a 1:27.45 leaping over both Alexander and Nguyen straight into the No.1 spot. There was a noticeable sigh of relief from the PMQ garage as Mick crossed the finish line. Watch Sigsworth’s fastest lap below.
Disaster struck in the second session with a fuel filter on the PMQ Evo catching on fire. Fortunately the fire was quickly contained and put out and the crew worked quickly to get the car ready for the Superlap Shootout.
“It looked worse than it really was” recalls Mick Sigsworth, “The damage wasn’t really serious but once the car got covered with fire extinguisher foam it looked really bad.”
Once again it looked like the class winner was going to be decided during the Superlap Shootout with Rob Nguyen pushing hard in the afternoon session and improving his time to 1:28.85.
Sigsworth went all out in the Shootout but failed to improve on his earlier time. Rob Nguyen put down an incredible lap in the Mighty Mouse, with sector times showing him ahead of Sigsworth at half track. A small cornering error cost Rob a valuable fraction of a second and possibly a class win as he crossed the finish line with a time of 1:27.61. Only 0.2 of second behind Sigsworth’s class-winning 1:27.45. Watch Rob Nguyen’s fastest lap below.
Chris Alexander also saved his best till last running his fastest lap of the event during the shootout. A time of 1:29.42 secured him a place on the class podium.
Brad Trenwith had a very successful debut of his brand new RX7 completed only weeks before the event. He finished 4th in the class with a 1:33.462.
Troy Patterson had to retire his Subaru early due to mechanical issues but not before recording a respectable 1:35.289.
Dale Malone also debuted his freshly completed ex-GT300 S15. The car is still in development but we’re expecting the times to drop dramatically once it’s all sorted.
Congratulations to Mick Sigsworth who now holds four consecutive Pro Am titles, the only driver or team to ever achieve that in WTAC history. He is still the man to beat but, as this year’s times show, his stranglehold on the class is diminishing.
Congratulations must also go to Rob Nguyen. The Mighty Mouse CRX is not only the fastest FWD at WTAC, it is also the fastest FWD ever to race at the Sydney Motorsport Park.