Pro and Pro Am classes have crazy aero and huge horsepower. Open class has cutthroat workshop vs workshop competition. Despite all that, it’s the Clubsprint class that has exploded in size this year, overtaking Open as the biggest class at WTAC.
A large and, more importantly, growing grassroots entry-level class is great for the sport. It attracts new racers while allowing them to race on the same track and at the same event as the top heavy hitters. Just like every other motorsport, time attack needs to attract new people to its ranks and that’s what the Clubsprint class is all about.
Secondly, Clubsprint class provides a relatively easy and inexpensive way for young racers to get into time attack racing and WTAC. As the cars competing for the outright win are hitting six digit build budgets, it’s even more important to keep the entry level class affordable and accessible to the average enthusiast.
With heavy restrictions, Clubsprint cars are very close to their street-driven origins and many of them are actually driven to and from the event. Jason Naidoo’s Evo (above) is one such competitor. These restrictions keep the development costs down and shift the emphasis to engine and drivetrain setup as well as showcasing driver skill.
Despite the restrictions Clubsprint class has intense competition for the podium spots. It is a vibrant, exciting and unpredictable class with a different winner each year.
Interestingly, the class record of 1:38.86 set by Nev Scott in his Subaru WRX back in 2012 still stands. Nev Scott has since progressed to Open class and this year’s winner Daniel Meredith (above) came very close to beating it in his Honda Civic with a time of 1:39.4470.
David Lord driving his Tunehouse-built Subaru STi shaved almost a full second off his last year’s best, finishing half a second behind Meredith.
Marginally faster this year (1:40.086), Jason Naidoo pinned all his hopes on the Superlap Shootout, a gamble that unfortunately didn’t pay off when the shootout got rained out.
Also improving this year was John Richardson in his Nissan R33 GTS-T. John’s consistently fast lap times (best lap of 1:41.311) put him amongst favourites for the class podium next year.
Tunehouse returned with their Toyota 86 and Josh Muggleton behind the wheel. The car underwent a complete engine overhaul with a new turbo kit replacing the supercharger used last year. Despite suffering from mechanical woes the car managed to go half a second faster than last year (1:42.34).
Scott Stewart debuted his bright orange Evo VI with a 1:42.6160.
The ‘other’ Tilton Evo – driven by Charlie Dang clocked in at 1:44.674, almost a second faster than last year.
Harrop Engineering’s Toyota 86 driven by David Schardt turned heads whenever it went out on track, posting a respectable lap time of 1:47.413.
The Euro content at WTAC continues to grow in numbers with Stephen Muller and his VW Golf MK6 (1:47.87)…
John Tucker’s VW Golf MK6 (1:52.923)…
Harrop Engineering’s BMW M3 (1:48.579)…
and Paul Kovaceski’s immaculate Porsche 944 (1:49.828).
Bill Nabham was flying the rotary flag in Clubsprint (1:48.297)…
along with Elliot Malouf (1:49.721)…
and Shane Barwood (1:51.806).
David Dalrymple in his R32 GTR also improved by almost a second from his last year’s best by stopping the clock at 1:44.977.
Jim Seng Tu in the Team EXE OTR Mitsubishi Evo 9 – 1:42.023.
John Healey in the ROH Toyota 86 – 1:42.9310
Michael King in the DTMF Racing Mitsubishi Evo VIII – 1:43.377.
Steven Planinic in the Garage 88 Mitsubishi Evo – 1:47.5950
Darrin Morice in the RTR Subaru BRZ – 1:47.1020
Siev Gour in the Ton Legal Honda Civic – 1:46.3140
Stuart Rankin in his Toyota Supra – 1:47.997.
Laurence Gleeson in the Team Lori – Walk for a Cure Nissan Bluebird – 1:49.0730
Thomas Bullock in the Team Honed Honda CRX – 1:50.1190
Vel Tomic in the Insight Motorsports / SPMR Honda Civic – 1:55.5848
Mark Collingwood in the Automotive Plus Mazda MX5 – 1:55.6970
Adam Clarke in the Dragcarfab Nissan R33 GTST – 1:58.649.
Anthony Halwagy in the U.G. Racing Honda Civic – 1:54.518.
Alan Chea in The-Lowdown Mitsubishi Evo V – 1:54.494.
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