With four big time attack sessions undertaken today at Sydney Motorsport Park, the stage is well and truly set for a mammoth second and final day of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior tomorrow.
While the search for that one perfect lap is now ‘on pause’ until tomorrow, today’s action at the New South Wales venue isn’t finished yet with the fun continuing into this evening thanks to the International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion. For more information, please click here.
In the V-Sport Clubsprint class, Brett Dickie (Elusive Racing Honda Integra), Dan Burton (Team Burton Racing Honda S2000) and Jason Naidoo (SuperPro Evo Mitsubishi EVO 8) were all faster in their final outings of the day, but they couldn’t match Idin Ahangar and his Project T-BAG Subaru Impreza WRX STi who was fastest with a 1 min 40.146 second lap.
After stopping a earlier session when beached in a gravel trap, Andrew Wegener (Lone Wolf Racing Honda S2000) fired back to be fifth in class for the day, ahead of Robert Murray (Murray Racing EVO 8), Jim Tu (Team EXE OTR EVO 9) and Ben Schoots (Harrop Engineering Toyota 86).
The final chance today for the Link ECU Open Class cars saw Adam Casmiri in the JDM Yard/Yardrace Honda Civic improve to a 1 min 27.750 second best, just two tenths off a second of the time that won him the class in 2017.
“This car is like driving a go-kart. There is definitely more in it, I just have to put the car in the right place,” Casmiri said.
“There (was) still a steam of water running across the road at turn five which probably cost me around three tenths.”
Second fastest and just a second behind was Nathan Morcom in the Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi EVO 9 while Josh Coote took the MCA Suspension Toyota 86 to third place.
After the top three the order read Steve Johnson (WBT Racing Nissan Skyline GTR R33), Matt Longhurst (Integrated Motorsport GTR R34), John Boston (Xtreme GTR) and Nick Bates (V-Sport Toyota 86).
Johannes Mahler had issues with his Honda Integra and they were busy swapping the powerplant from the spare car that blew its engine a couple of days ago, with the R Performance Switzerland squad keen to bank data for future YWTA endeavors.
When it came down to the Royal Purple Pro and Royal Purple Pro Am classes, some late light showers didn’t deter several of the hotshots going out.
They included Barton Mawer in the RP986 Porsche 986 who actually went quicker than his dry earlier time, getting down to 1 min 23.071 – just 0.8 seconds of Warren Luff’s early best of 1 min 22.260 in the MCA Hammerhead Nissan Silvia S13. Fire Ando also cut a lap or two in the Pro Escort Racing Mitsubishi EVO and went 1 min 31.881.
“Obviously our first aim is to quicker that Tim (Slade) did last year. I just have to get familiar with the aero and how it works,” Luff said.
“It felt good, it just needs some more fine tuning. I am confident we can go quicker and make it nicer in the high-speed stuff.”
Only the Swiss drivers Serse Zeli (J-Spec Performance EVO) and Eddie Ng (Choon’s Motor Works Mazda RX7 FD35) of the Royal Purple Pro Ams ventured out, with neither able to better Kosta Pohorukov’s fastest time set earlier this afternoon. In that session, the Royal Purple/Tilton Racing supported racer set a 1m 25.881s lap in his Mitsubishi Evo.
“I know the car has the time in it, I just have to work myself up to it,” Pohorukov said.
“We had it on low boost setting, but we are going to work it up for tomorrow.”
The action at Sydney Motorsport Park will now continue thanks to The International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion while the search for the one perfect lap resumes tomorrow (Saturday) morning with gates and action opening from 8.00am.
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