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Big Guns Line Up for Turbosmart Flying 500

This year’s Turbosmart Flying 500 is shaping up to be the best (and fastest) one yet. We are happy to confirm the first five entries and let’s just say there are some heavy hitters on this list!

Mercury Motorsport – Nissan R34 GTR

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The car that stole the show back in 2013 is back! Mercury Motorsports’ “NITTO” R34 GT-R puts out over 1200hp and has an impressive top speed. Once again, it will be driven by its owner and tuner, Trent Whyte.

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MPW – Holden Commodore Clubsport

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If there is one car that can take the challenge up to NITTO it’s Adam Rogash’s NOSHOW Clubsport. Powered by a twin turbo LS V8, this monster makes over 1600hp at the wheels and it dominated its class at last year’s Street Machine Drag Challenge!

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PJ’s Quickbits – Nissan Silvia S13

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Don’t be fooled by this Silvia’s street appearance. Built by Advance Motor Mechanics, this S13 makes 1000hp from its SR20 VE motor and now packing a sequential transmission and complex all wheel drive system this car will be starting as one to beat for sure.  As always, the car will be driven by its owner and a Flying 500 veteran, Paul Torony.

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Charles Warland – Datsun 260Z

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This home-built Datto wouldn’t look out of place at a car show. Its immaculate finish and attention to detail belies its potential as a race car. Make no mistake, this is no show pony! Powered by a fully built RB26DETT and making almost 600hp at the wheels, this car made it to semi finals at the Motive DVD Drag Battle, losing only to the eventual outright winner.

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Jamie Heritage – Toyota Celica

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It may look more like a restoration job than a performance build but Jamie’s Celica packs one hell of a punch! Built by Jamie himself in his home shed and tuned by Websters Dyno & Performance, this Celica’s turbocharged 1UZFE V8 engine makes in excess of 1000hp and gives the car a killer power-to-weight ratio. Jamie regularly races his Celica at runway events like the Snowy Mountains 1000 so he’s no stranger to high speeds.

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We’ll be announcing the rest of Turbosmart Flying 500 field over the coming weeks. We also have two Wild Card entries available. So if you think you’re car has what it takes to go head to head with the cream of Australian tuner scene, read the Flying 500 Rules and submit your car using the Entry Form at the bottom of this page.

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2016 Turbosmart Flying 500 Wildcard Entry Form

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WTAC Tickets Now On Sale!

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More bang for your buck

We have always been focus on providing our spectators great value for money and this year we’re taking it to a whole new level offering you even better value for money this year. While other events are restricting access for general entry spectators, your WTAC general entry pass will still get your everywhere (well, almost, you won’t be able to get into VIP rooms or the restricted competitors’ area).

If you get a 2-Day WTAC Superpass you get 2 full days and 2 full nights of time attack and drifting action with access to all the attractions including the grand stand and pit building roof. Your ticket also includes on-site parking! On top of that, this year we will also be offering special “afternoon only” passes for those who only want to see drift. And as always, kids under 12 get in for free!

So book your ticket now and tell your friends. Afterall, there is no better way to enjoy WTAC than with your mates.

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WTAC 2016 Ticket Pricing

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Kids under 12 years FREE.

What do you get with your WTAC ticket

• Entry to all WTAC activities including International Drift Challenge, Show’n’Shine, Flying 500, Motorsport Legends, Miss Time Attack.
• Access to all spectator areas including Pit Garage Roof, Turn One Viewing Area, the Grand Stand, ARDC Cafe.
• On-site parking.

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WTAC 2016 VIP Hospitality Packages Pricing

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What do you get with your VIP Hospitality Package

VIP Lounge:
• 2 Day Superpass
• VIP Parking
• 2 Day VIP Lounge Access (air conditioned with a private balcony)
• 2 Day Catering Package (incl Morning Tea and Lunch)
• $30 WTAC Merchandise Voucher

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• 2 Day Superpass
• VIP Parking
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• 2 Day Catering Package (incl Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea)
• 2 Day Soft Drink / Beverage Package
• Exclusive Garage Tour
• Exclusive Driver Signing Session
• Lucky Door Prize – Race Car Passenger Rides
• $30 WTAC Merchandise Voucher

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10 WTAC moments we will never forget

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With six years of international competition under our belt we can confidently say that in that time we’ve seen many highs and lows. From heart wrenching terminal engine failures to last minute victories by hundrenths of a second in the dying stages of the event. The mixture of drama and excitement has become such an integral part of the event that nowadays it’s almost taken for granted!

In this feature we are going to count down what we consider the very best of the best moments of WTAC (so far).

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10.  Rod Millen Celica lapping Sydney Motorsport Park in 2015

Kiwi legend Rod Millen has certainly been there and done that. In 2015 we managed to bring him and his record setting Pikes Peak car to do some demonstration runs. The exotic racing fuel for this car was extremely difficult to procure and cost us several thousand dollars but once we saw it on the track we knew it was all worth it. This really is the “OG aero car“. No ifs, no buts! It is!

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9. HKS vs Top Secret in 2014

Two Japanese tuning heavyweights with two Japanese driving legends on the same track in the same type of car was certainly way cool. HKS vs Top Secret, Taniguchi vs Tarzan in two 1000hp plus GTRs. It really doesn’t get much better for the JDM entusiast. Add the fact that Smokey Nagata himself made the trip down and you’ve got a recipe for a JDM heaven.

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8. Mad Mike’s flame-throwing RX7FD

In 2011 we ran our first International Drift Challenge and brought over many of the top competitors from New Zealand. Among them was “Mad” Mike Whiddett and his ear splitting, 4 rotor 26B powered peripheral port Mazda Rx7FD. With a specially designed tune, the engine was bellowing 15 foot flames that lit up the whole sky throughout the evening whilst deafening anyone within a 500m radius. Good times!

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7. Cyber Evo overnight rebuild to win WTAC 2010

In our first year of international competition we very quickly realised that, at the time, the Japanese and American teams were way more developed than the local cars. The show looked like a 3 way battle between Cyber Evo and Tomei/ Cusco from Japan and Sierra Sierra from USA until the favourite, Cyber Evo, destroyed a cylinder head on the first day.

Australian team Notaras Racing were kind enough to sell them a used cylinder head and the team worked throughout the night to come back and take the win the following day. The crowd jumped to their feet as Tarzan Yamada wrestled the Cyber Evo to keep it in a straight line as the rear wing detached and flew along the track on the final lap. International Time Attack Racing had arrived on our shores in the biggest possible way.

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6. Team Orange win IDC in 2012

While Japanese D1 drivers have competed in Australia before, back in 2012 we had never seen the top drivers compete in their own “proper” D1GP vehicles. Not until we brought Nobishige Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga out for the International Drift Challenge in 2012.

Despite near arctic conditions at the then August event, a huge crowd stayed back to watch Suenaga take the win in the Team Orange Evo 9 and giving Aussie fans their first taste of Japanese D1GP superstars.

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5. Nemo domination in 2012

This was the one that no one saw coming. There was a lot of hype around this new crazy Pro Class Evo build with designs by aero ace Andrew Brilliant, but with the internet scattered with videos of multiple engine failures in testing it appeared this was just another car that whilst looking the business, would be unlikely to live up to the hype and even turn a full lap at WTAC.

All of that went out the window after the very first session at WTAC when Warren Luff pushed Nemo around the circuit in 1.25.1. A time over two seconds faster than any team had ever gone before! “And there was plenty more in it” said Luffy at the time “wait until we turn the boost up.”

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Sadly, we would never get to see that happen as Nemo ran the following year once again with engine problems then disappeared as quick as it arrived in a sea of controversy. With a myriad of people making claims of unpaid invoices and much more it was all fairly obvious the car named Nemo is unlikely to ever resurface again. It certainly changed the face of WTAC forever though, with all the top Pro teams realizing that aero was the key to being competitive at the pointy end of WTAC.

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4. Mazda 767B lapping Sydney Motorsport Park in 2014

Everyone these days talks about “breaking the internet” but back in 2014 we actually did it. Or more correctly the Mazda 767B did it when we announced it was coming to WTAC.

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Such was the insane volume of traffic to our website as the news went viral that it crashed multiple times. Hearing it wail around Sydney Motorsport Park for the first time was a moment we will never forget. The plan was to do three laps but the owner/ driver Hoshino-san was having such a good time he ended up doing ten, much to the delight of the fans.

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3. Cyber Evo vs Sierra Sierra in 2011

With the first ever WTAC going to the Japanese Cyber Evo team, 2011 was shaping up to be a showdown of epic proportions with both teams making claims they have no intention of losing.

Throw the Garage Revolution Rx7 into the mix fresh from a new Tsukuba T/A record time and you start to get the picture. This went right down to the wire with Canadian Indy car driver David Empringham leading the time sheets in the American Sierra Sierra Evo for most of the event right up until Tarzan Yamada pipped him by half a second in the nail biting final session.

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Empringham made one last attempt but with everything turned up to maximum the car suffered a mechanical failure relegating the team to second place. Garage Revolution finished 3rd and a rapidly developing Tilton Evo into 4th place.

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2. Tilton vs Suzuki vs MCA shootout in 2014

2014 was another year that went right down to the wire. With the reintroduction of the Superlap Shootout format it was a 3-way battle between V8 Supercars star Shane Van Gisbergen in the MCA S13, Garth Walden in the Titon Evo and Japanese legend Under Suzuki in his S15 Silvia.

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This one went right down to the dying minutes with all three cars posting their fastest lap in the fading light of the Superlap Shootout. Walden in the Tilton Evo took the win, resetting the lap record once again with and Under Suzuki coming within 4 hundredths of a second behind him on his final lap to the cheers of the crowd and the MCA car coming in just behind.

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1. Tilton threepeat 2013, 14, 15

Anyone who has ever won any class at WTAC will know the insane amount of dedication this takes. The late nights, the huge expense, the determination and the final act of stringing it all together on the day. This is indeed a feat that every winner should be proud of.

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But without question the hardest class of all to win is the Pro Class. This is the fastest of the fast, the best in the world bar none, pro drivers, pro cars and pro teams. In our seven years of operation we have only ever seen three winners. Tarzan Yamada in the Cyber Evo in 2010 and 2011, Warren Luff in Nemo in 2012, and every other time since has been Garth Walden in the Tilton Racing Evo. 2013, 2014 and 2015 threepeat before announcing the car’s retirement.

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What is even more incredible, every year the team smashed their own previous lap record which by now was without question the fastest tintop lap ever on this circuit.This is testament to Kosta Pohurukov and the whole Tilton Team and we can think of no more worthy recipient of our number one spot on this list than this team. Kosta, Garth and the whole Tilton team – we tip our hats to you!

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As always, this year we will be looking to add many more memorable moments to this list. 2016 shaping up to be one of the most interesting years yet. With the WTAC crown up for grabs, a bunch of new state of the art Pro Class builds already in progress, along with the best lineup ever for the International Drift challenge, this will be an event not to be missed!


Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge. 14th – 15th October 2016. Sydney Motorsport Park.
Tickets go on sale June 1st. Don’t miss it!

LYFE Down Under

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LYFE Motorsport driver and an all-round nice guy Cole Powelson recalls the excitement and drama of the team’s first (though hopefully not last) WTAC in this guest post.

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The Dream

It all started with a big dream just one year ago. I had admired the cars and teams that have been running at WTAC since its inception but never imagined that I would be a part of the action.

We had been running an R35 GT-R in a number of different types of races. From wheel to wheel and endurance races to time attack events. We had a lot of success but also headaches as we pushed the car far beyond its limits.

I have always had a soft spot for time attack because it is about the build of the car. These cars are not a preset “package” that you might purchase from a manufacturer. The creativity, engineering and craftsmanship from every team, big or small ensure that each car is unique.

 I have always had a soft spot for time attack. 

We looked at the World Time Attack Challenge as the ultimate proving ground for the fastest time attack cars in the world. It was when I was watching this event in 2014 that I started talking with Kyle Schick who is the owner of all things GT-R and we kinda joked around about attending the event one day.

I reached out to Ian Baker and asked what it would take to be a part of this event and that’s when it all really started to move forward.

We knew that our current GT-R would not be competitive against the fastest tin tops in the world. This is when we started searching for a donor chassis that we could build to the rules of WTAC Pro class. We planned on taking the drivetrain and suspension from the current car (Frank) and switching it over to the new chassis (Sydney).


We set our sights on the current R35 Pro class record. After watching the top team develop their cars over the years we knew that aerodynamics would play a huge role in our success and we got in touch with Andrew Brilliant. Andrew flew to Utah to scan our car and begin designing a complete aero package. Three months later we had a concept drawing.

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The Build

We found a flood damaged GT-R and started to part it out to help fund the new build. We were still actively racing and supporting other clients while we worked on Sydney in the background. It wasn’t until we returned from Pikes Peak that we were really able to focus on the build. We knew we were short on time but the entire team pushed forward to get as much work done as possible before we loaded it up and shipped it across the world.


Fast forward four months to the first week October. Our container was due to hit Sydney with us arriving a few days after. Once we arrived we found out that the container was there but it was on a customs hold. That lasted a week. It was the longest week of my life.


We got the car one week before the testing day! I will call this “the week of Hypertune”. It was one of the biggest weeks of our lives. Luckily, Hypertune is one of the greatest shops we have ever been to. All of the guys there are top notch professionals and some of the nicest, most intelligent group of guys that I have ever met. They are one of the reasons we were able to show up with a complete car.

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We loaded the car onto a flatbed early Thursday morning and headed to the track to turn our first laps. We knew we had to try and make every session because we had so much to learn about the car. We found little issues every single session but ultimately were happy with our first day with a completely fresh car.

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The Race

Here we were Friday morning locked, loaded and ready to put in our first timed lap. We turned up the boost a few PSI and hit the track. We took our out lap and setup for our first flyer. The car was strong down the front straight through turn one but by the time when entered turn two the engine was toast. We were devastated.

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I knew when I came back in the pits we had lost a cylinder. The dead miss, the smoke, the sound. I was gutted. The team jumped right into action to figure out what our options were.

By the time time I entered Turn 2 the engine was toast…

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Enter Brian Bugh. One of our many Australian heroes from this trip. Brian came to the rescue and loaned us a stock GT-R engine that he had at his house. Some guys volunteered to go pick it up while the team started to pull the other engine out.

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We evaluated everything that we needed to do in order to get a stock engine to work in our car. It took a lot of quick thinking and talent in order to get this car rebuilt overnight. I couldn’t think of a better group of guys to handle this task. They worked through the night and were able to get an hour of sleep before getting ready for first our first session of the final day.

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Only one thing mattered that day. One timed lap. Do not DNF. We rolled out and made our lap without any drama and put a time on the board. From that point forward it was figuring out how to squeeze all of the time out of this car without being able to increase horsepower.

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We made changes each session and found more and more speed each time out. We were 7th in class and knew that two quicker competitors were out with mechanical failures meaning that we were going to make it to the Shootout session!

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We ran our last session and went a bit quicker and were really looking forward to the Superlap Shootout. It then began to rain!

I was relieved when I looked into our last session times and noticed we were able to turn a 1.32.40 which beat the previous R35 GT-R record by one hundredth of a second. One hundredth of one second!

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We managed to beat the R35 GT-R record by 1/100th sec.

That’s one hundredth of a second!

That was the only time we were concerned with beating when we started this build. It may not be a very fast time for a Pro class car by today’s standard but it was time we set out to beat. We did it with a borrowed stock engine and with a very limited amount of laps on a brand new build.

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The fact that we achieved this goal with all of these various things working directly against us was everything that we needed at that moment. As much time as I spend around racing it never ceases to amaze me how tight the margins of time can be between competitors. That’s why I keep finding speed in the details.

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There are so many people to thank for this amazing experience. Our entire team at LYFE Motorsport, including our media hero Judson Pryanovich who all have worked tirelessly this entire season.

World Time Attack Challenge team, Phil Laird, Risto from Wisefab Volk Racing/Rays wheels, Mackin Industries, OS Giken, MoTeC.  All of the guys at Hypertune Fuel Safe, Radium Engineering, ShepTrans Rally Sport Direct, Dodson Motorsport, Motul, Whiteline, AMB aero, Alpha/AMS Performance SPL Parts, Magnus Motorsport.

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arrow  2015 WTAC Highlights: PMQ’s Pro Am Winning Lap (Mick Sigsworth)
arrow  Understanding WTAC: Rules, aerodynamics and control tyres explained 

2015 WTAC Form Guide

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Picking a winner this year was never going to be an easy task. The competition across all classes has gotten a lot fiercer with a number of teams capable of taking the win. As the official practice day draws to a close the only thing we can promise with any degree of certainly is that this year’s field is closer that it’s ever been.

When awarding our scores we’ve looked at the car’s past performance, pre-event testing and preparation as well our first impressions on the test day. We have then scored each car’s chances of winning its respective class out of 10. And so, without further ado here are our top picks for the 2015 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge.

Tilton Interiors

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The reigning champs have proven time and time again they can overcome setbacks and come out on top. Going for their third WTAC title they are the team to beat.

Strengths: Very experienced team, tried and proved package, experienced driver, loads of pre-event testing.
Weaknesses: Some reliability issues but otherwise not many.
Our Score: 9/10

MCA Suspension

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MCA’s brand new car is big leap forward for the team. With a gun driver and the team’s previous experience in clocking consistently fast times, MCA is well position to dethrone Tilton.

Strengths: Very experienced team, aggressive and experienced driver, massively improved vehicle.
Weaknesses: Limited pre-event testing.
Our Score: 8.5/10

Scorch Racing

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In 2014 Suzuki came oh-so-close and will no doubt be going for the kill this year. The car now has the aero package that Andrew Brilliant originally envisaged for it.

Strengths: Has the passion, the skill and the car to go head to head with the fastest.
Weaknesses: The revised aero package had limited testing time. Some engine reliability issues.
Our Score: 8.5/10

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This is a team that could potentially cause a major upset. They suffered a bit of a setback on Wednesday with flames seen bellowing out of the engine bay but they’re back in their garage today with the car looking as good as new.

Strengths: One of the most extreme builds we’ve ever soon. A very professional and experienced team.
Weaknesses: Little to no testing time. First time at WTAC.
Our Score: 8/10

SVA Imports

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UK champions did not come all this way to just ‘have a go’. They know what’s needed to win in time attack and have a well proven package to do it with. The car looked fast in practice and performed without any major issues.

Strengths: Very experienced team, light weight, reliable and very quick car, experienced driver, plenty of pre-event testing.
Weaknesses: First time at WTAC (though Gareth has been here before with Redbrick Racing).
Our Score: 8/10

LYFE Motorsport

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This Utah-based team carries the hopes of the entire North American continent on their shoulders. Their car cannot be underestimated but lack of pre-event testing could be a problem.

Strengths: Experienced team, experienced driver, very advanced build.
Weaknesses: Lack of pre-event testing, heavy and complex vehicle.
Our Score: 7/10

Andy Forrest Performance

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Strengths: Very fast car with a killer power-to-weight ratio.
Weaknesses: First time at WTAC, largely untested aero package, suffered from gearbox issues during practice.
Our Score: 6.5/10

 

Mick Sigsworth

Like Tilton in Pro Class, Mick Sigsworth is the one to beat in Pro Am. In fact, many people tip him to be the fastest outright this year. This prediction is not without its merit as Mick is a very competent driver and in his hands the PMQ Evo is an absolute weapon.

Strengths: Reigning champion currently enjoying a big lead over other Pro Am competitors. Fast, reliable car, focused and experienced team.
Weaknesses: Intermittent mechanical issues plagued Mick last year but these seem to have been fixed.
Our Score: 9.5/10

Chris Alexander

Here is a driver that has done a lot of off-season testing and reportedly shaved seconds off his 2014 best. The car certainly has the power and handling to take on Sigsworth’s Evo so it’ll come down to the driver’s capability of getting the most out of it.

Strengths: Very potent car with a quickly improving driver. plenty of pre-event testing.
Weaknesses: Persisting reliability issues. Car caught fire in practice.
Our Score: 8/10

Rob Nguyen

Now equipped with a supercharger, Rob’s Mighty Mouse is a very serious title contender. If his performance last year is anything to go by this little Honda is not to be underestimated.

Strengths: Well balanced, reliable car with a killer power-to-weight ratio. experienced driver.
Weaknesses: New car for 2015 with limited testing time. Team sat out practice session so we haven’t seen the new package run yet.
Our Score: 8/10

Atsushi Shimaya

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This car was no slouch when it competed here in 2013 and has since been dramatically improved. It is certainly capable of being on the class podium.

Strengths: Well developed, tested and proven package, experienced driver.
Weaknesses: Somewhat underpowered in comparison with the top contenders in this class, mechanical issues during practice.
Our Score:7.5/10

Jason Wright

Don’t make Hulk angry! This year Hulk has a billet engine, new transmission and revised aero. This should put Jason well within the podium contention.

Strengths: Reliable, powerful car, experienced driver, sufficient pre-event testing.
Weaknesses: Had a year hiatus from WTAC.
Our Score: 7/10

 

Steve Ka / Powertune

Strengths: Proven performer. Underwent a massive suspension and engine upgrade since last year. Plenty of testing prior to this year’s event.
Weaknesses: Nothing we can think of.
Our Score: 9/10

Nik Kalis / Team Sparta

Strengths: Nik Kalis is back and he wants his trophy back! The car is finally doing what the driver wants it to and the new aero package will make this car a real threat.
Weaknesses: Judging by its performance so far, not many.
Our Score: 8/10

Evolution Custom Industries

Strengths: Plenty of power, good handling, experienced driver.
Weaknesses: Lack of pre-event testing, some reliability issues.
Our Score: 8/10

Road Track Rally (RTR)

Strengths: Well sorted, reliable package, experienced driver with plenty of time attack experience.
Weaknesses: Limited pre-event testing.
Our Score: 7.5/10

3 Rotor Racing

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Strengths: Very professional looking build. Looked very fast and very comfortable in practice, this New Zealand team is certainly a podium material.
Weaknesses: First time at WTAC.
Our Score: 7.5/10

 

Jason Naidoo

Strengths: WTAC veteran, new powerful engine, tried and proven performer. This year Jason will be hard to beat.
Weaknesses: Limited testing with the new engine.
Our Score: 9/10

David Lord

Strengths: Another WTAC veteran who proved last year that he’s got what it takes to make the podium.
Weaknesses: Lack of pre-event testing.
Our Score: 8/10

John Richardson

Strengths: Finishing just outside the podium last year, John has some unfinished business to take care of. He’s got a refined, well sorted package that could potentially put him on the podium this year.
Weaknesses: Competing against AWD EVOs and STIs, John’s R33 GTST might have some weight and RWD disadvantage.
Our Score: 7/10

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Staying a-LYFE

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Though WTAC is still a few days away, another kind of race is already underway in workshops around the country – a race against time to have their cars prepared and ready before the flag drops on Friday morning at Sydney Motorsport Park.

We took this opportunity to sneak up on the LYFE Motorsport team and get you some behind-the-scenes photos of their Pro Class R35 GTR.

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Andrew Brilliant’s aero package is what sets this car apart from any other time attack R35 GTR.

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From this angle it’s obvious just how much wider than the factory car the body work is. Add to it the front splitter and you’re starting to understand this car was built for downforce and aerodynamic efficiency.

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All those little canards and winglets form a part of the overall package and, when working in unison, give the car with just the right amount of downforce at just the right time.

“The biggest difference between the cars we’ve built so far and this one is the aero package. It plays such a crucial part in time attack racing at this level, we made every effort to get it right from the start. That’s why we got Andrew Brilliant to design a package specifically for our car.”

“We are fortunate enough to have the support of the best names in the business. Guys from RallySportDirect, AMS, Dodson Motorsport and Wisefab have been instrumental in this build.”

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The heart of this beast is a fully built, dry sumped 4L stroker VR38. Running on ethanol, the motor uses a custom built AMS Alpha turbo system and pumps out in excess of 1200hp.

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Fuel system is by Radium Engineering and Fuel Safe and uses AMS Fuel rails, ID 2000 injectors and three Walbro 450 fuel pumps. All fluids are by Motul.

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All that power is transferred to the wheels via a factory transmission with a Dodson Motorsport gear set. Front diff is a NISMO unit while the rear is by OS Giken.

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A factory transmission, you ask? That’s right, the guys even kept the original factory gear shifter in the cabin!

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Gear changing is done via a Works Bell steering wheel mounted paddle shifter. Power steering is an electric/hydraulic hybrid. A full MoTeC system looks after all engine management and data logging duties.

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An auxiliary control panel with some of the original GTR factory switchgear is a nice touch.

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Who said race cars have no room for mod cons? Check out the “cool shirt” and “cool seat” buttons on the console.

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Weighing in at approx 1500kg, LYFE Motorsport R35 GTR is not a light car by WTAC standards. While the engine has more than adequate power to propel all that weight around the track, the car also needs some serious braking power to slow it down.

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The “slowing down” side of things appears to be well covered. Steel brakes pictured will be replaced with a full carbon set come Friday. The wheels are Volk TE37-SL 18×11 and will soon be wrapped in Yokohama A050s.

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The suspension system is a work of art with Wisefab providing most of the components and even flying a technician all the way out from Estonia to help with the setup. Whiteline provided their signature sway bars.

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The man charged with steering this beast at WTAC is Cole Powelson. While he may look calm and relaxed in his Racetech seat above, Cole wasted no time familiarising himself with Sydney Motorsport Park.

“I went out yesterday and spent most of the day driving around the WTAC Circuit in a Formula Ford car. It’s a technical track and I really enjoyed it. It has a bit of everything, high speed corners, low speed corners, elevation and a long straight.”

“The closest track back home would be our local Miller Motorsport Park in Utah. It has a similar mix of corners but no elevation.”

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“Give me plenty of power, loads of downforce and I’ll take care of the rest!” Cole Powelson exchanges notes with LYFE Motorsport co-owner, Doug Nephew.

When asked if he was worried about local drivers having a “home advantage” Cole replied:

“A full day of driving is enough for me to be comfortable with a track. To be honest if you can’t familiarise yourself with a new track in one day you’re not a pro driver. Our focus now is to get the car doing what it needs to be doing. Everything else will fall into place.”

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“See, even Angry Birds fly backwards in Australia” Ian Baker explains the practical application of Coriolis effect to the LYFE crew.

“Thanks to the guys at HyperTune and our team, who have worked tirelessly on the project, we are now well on track to have the car 100% ready for our first full practice day next week.”

LYFE Motorsport are one of the most committed and dedicated bunch of guys we have ever had a pleasure to meet and we wish them all the best next week.

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