With the EvoNats done and dusted some local teams used an open track day at the Sydney Motorsport Park to lay down some shakedown laps in preparation for the World Time Attack Challenge.
Recognise this car? Wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t. The Tilton Evo looks almost pedestrian without its aero and had many on-lookers scratching their heads in confusion.
A quick look inside the cabin quickly disperses any doubt that this is indeed a very focused race car.
While the team reamined very tight-lipped about the work being currently done on the car it looks like they are taking this year’s event very seriously.
Nik Kalis’ Evo looks aggressive with new graphics and a new aero. The changes are quite noticeable at the front end with a new lower and wider spoiler and canards all carefully selected to fit just within the Open Class rulebook.
The Spartan in full flight. This car wouldn’t look out of place in the Pro Class a few years ago!
“The car feels different, but in a good way,” said Nik, “We have given ourselves a lot more time to fine-tune the setup this year. Now it is a matter of looking at the data and dialing it in perfectly and also getting used to driving with the new sequential gearbox. We also plan to fit a strain gauge to the shifter once I am comfortable with it for lightning fast clutch-less changes that should shave a little more time off”
Mick Sigsworth is another guy that takes this whole thing VERY seriously. He made the 1000km trip down from Queensland with the GT Autogarage crew and ex F1 aero ace Barry Lock to get some seat time and collect data at Sydney Motorsport Park and we can assure you that this car not only sounds and looks insane but is also mind numbing fast.
Unfortunately transmission issues ended his day early but the team have assured us they will have it repaired for another practice day this week and will have a spare trans built by the time WTAC comes around.
It certainly appears that both the Open and Pro Am classes will be “edge of the seat” stuff in 2013.