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Morning Sessions Wrap Up

We had a feeling Friday morning sessions would be fast and we weren’t disappointed. A new pecking order has been established with some new teams finding themselves at the top of the table.

V-Sport Clubsprint Class

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Daniel Meredith made his intentions known setting a blistering pace and coming within an inch of beating his last year’s best.

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Ben Arnold is snapping at Meredith’s heels in his beautifully finished R32GTR.

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The third fastest car in Clubsprint after the morning sessions is David Dalrymple in the Zen Garage R32 GTR.

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Matt Longhurst set a new record for Open Class in the Integrated Motorsport R34GTR. Matt is not only the first Open Class driver to go sub 1:30, he’s also currently third outright!

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Team Sparta moves into the 2nd spot in the class with Nathan Morcom behind the wheel of the Evo.

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3 Rotor Racing guys said they were going to be a lot faster than last year and they weren’t kidding! They move into the 3rd Open Class spot having shaved over 2 seconds off their 2015 best.

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101 Motorsport Mighty Mouse sat out its second session with the guys trying to resolve some niggling mechanical issues. The time they set in the first morning session was enough to put them on top of the Pro Am group.

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Chris Alexander is about half a second behind in the CJA Motorsport R32GTR.

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Mick Sigsworth rounds up the Pro Am top three. Looking at the Pro Am times we can’t help but wonder just how much these teams are holding back. It doesn’t seem like the cars are getting pushed very hard and there are certainly some mind games going on with the podium hopefuls trying to get each other’s measure.

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Everyone gasped yesterday when the Porsche lost its bonnet while powering down the main straight. This morning there was almost no trace of yesterday’s drama and Barton Mawer pushed the car to the event’s fastest lap time so far. RP968 is currently the fastest outright car at the event.

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Murray Coote said yesterday that Tim Slade is settling in nicely and is matching SVG’s times. Looking at their morning session times he’s right on the money being just 0.3 seconds slower than their last year’s best!

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Sitting comfortably in the third place in Pro class and fifth outright is Nobuteru Taniguchi in the Sutton Brothers S15.

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Mick Sigsworth – the return of Mr Consistent

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There is a bit of misconception out there that factors like reliability and consistency play little if any role in time attack racing. It’s all about going hell for leather with a “make it or break it” attitude right?
Mick Sigsworth begs to differ.

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“To me, time attack is all about balance,” says the quietly spoken three-time Pro Am champ, “a balance between power, grip and handling.”

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With a huge library of data, Mick insists that consistency is the key to getting quicker. Consistent, repeatable results provide a clear road map to where the improvements should be made. Remove any variables caused by failing or under-performing components and it gets much easier to predict the results of your adjustments.

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Mick’s reasoning has plenty of merit. While most people are familiar with his class winning 1:25 lap times, it’s a little known fact that he’s been running the same engine for the last three years.

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“I’m down 200 or even 300hp on the top Pro guys, but I’ve gone to great lengths to ensure the engine is reliable. A lot of effort has gone into making sure the engine has adequate cooling and can withstand multiple hot laps.”

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“We do a lot of our testing in the hottest summer months,” Mick explains, “If the engine can cope with the scorching Queensland summer, it should cope with the Sydney spring without any problems.”

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The results support Mick’s philosophy; he has won every Pro Am title since the class was introduced in 2013, and he has done that without blowing a single engine.

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“Many top teams invest so much time and energy in extracting every last ounce of power from their engines but I think it’s unnecessary. WTAC is not won on the main straight, it’s won around the 12 turns leading up to it, and that’s where our focus is.”

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It’s hard to argue with a man who has, for two years in a row, challenged the Pro Class front runners with lap times in the outright top three. Considering that he’s done that with no Nitrous and with Pro Am tyre limits it stands to reason he knows what he’s talking about.

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This year he will once again bring his immaculately presented, reliable, consistent and predictable machine to go head to head against the wild, all-out, big horsepower competition.

Ironically, Mick might well cause the most unpredictable upset ever: a Pro Am car claiming the fastest outright lap. Can he do it? It’ll sure be fun to watch him try!

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Pulse Back in the Pro Game

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Those who follow WTAC will easily recognise Pulse Racing’s bright orange Evo. Over the years the car’s been driven by Steve Glenney, Paul McKinnon and by Pulse’s owner Paul Fisher.

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“Our best time was set in 2013 with Steve Glenney behind the wheel,” said Paul Fisher, “So we’ve decided to bring Steve back onboard and modify the car to suit his driving style.”

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Having a professional driver means the car will move up to Pro Class but Paul doesn’t seem to be too concerned about that. “Having Steve’s input and of course his driving skills far outweighs any disadvantages that come with moving up a class.”

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The team started testing and tweaking early this year and the Pulse/Glenney combo is already paying dividends.  “The car has more than enough power,” said Steve Glenney, “It just needs to turn better, that’s all.”

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The car’s front geometry is where the gains are going to be made and judging by its performance at the Nulon Nationals some progress has already been made.

“Even with the initial suspension and steering changes the car’s already much faster that it was last time I drove it,” said Glenney, “With some more testing and further adjustments I’m confident we can shave another second or more off.”

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The car’s best to date is 1:30.87 and if, as Glenney predicts, the car can go two or three seconds faster then suddenly the team is in with a shot at the podium.

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“The engine is solid and makes plenty of reliable power,” said Fisher, “In fact, we pull power out of it during our testing. What we’re chasing is corner speed.”

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“We know it’s going to be tough, but we are totally committed,” said Fisher, “That’s why we’ve given ourselves ample time for testing and sorting out all the issues before the event.”

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Of course there are numerous variables that have to be taken into consideration like reliability and the team’s ability to quickly assess and fix problems on the day but given how early they’ve started testing and how quickly they’ve progressed since, it’s not unreasonable to anticipate the bright orange Evo not only taking a part in the Superlap Shootout but also having a fighting chance for a podium place!


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The strongest Pro-Am field ever at WTAC 2016

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The Garrett Pro Am Class allows owners to build Pro Class spec cars without the threat of competing against professional drivers. This class has seen a rapid growth over the last few years and the fastest Pro Am cars are not a whole lot slower than their Pro counterparts. In fact, it is not out of a question for a Pro Am car to soon have the fastest outright lap time!

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The comparison table above shows just how much Pro Am competitors have closed the gap on Pro since its introduction in 2013. In its inaugural year the gap between the fastest Pro and the fastest Pro Am car was a whopping six seconds. Fast forward to 2015 and the gap has shrunk to less than two seconds! Last year all Pro Am podium teams finished with sub 1:30 times.

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Seems like the absence of nitrous and professional drivers doesn’t hold Pro Am teams back at all. With crazy, full aero cars and times rivalling those of top Pro teams it’s not difficult to see why Pro Am is quickly becoming the class to watch at WTAC, and this year we’re about to see the strongest field ever with several cars capable of an outright win!

 

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Big news this year is we have the insane Supaloc Lamborghini Gallardo entered. With a giant turbocharger helping the Lambo engine make well in excess of 1000hp and a slick aero package this will be one to watch. Anyone that knows Kevin Weeks knows the South Australian is not one to mess around and will be coming for the win.

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Also another South Australian Brad Trenwith will be returning in a radical new RX7 car with a short crank, 3 rotor engine with a big turbo sitting proud in the engine bay. The team are hinting at a 1000hp power output which should make this a very quick car. Brad has also invested in a CFD designed aero package and a bunch of trick features and has been testing early this year.

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Next up is another new addition that we are absolutely itching to see in the flesh. Sydney local Dale Malone has actually purchased a genuine ex JGTC GT300 Nismo S15 Silvia and is busy preparing it for Pro Am duties. We are not privy to too much info at this stage but he has promised a full feature once it has the engine back in and is looking the part.

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Chris Alexander has been making serious progress with his CJA Motorsport R32 GTR. With aero design by Barry Lock and an engine package from drag racing champions Tony Rigoli Performance this is one team to watch for sure. Runner up is not where this guy wants to be and no question he will be coming for the win in 2016.

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Rob Nguyen and his Mighty Mouse CRX are a real threat with a healthy supercharged engine and now a much wider tyre. This team has always punched well above its weight but 2016 may well be the year we see them deliver the knockout blow!

“We are not messing around this year. We will be playing to our strengths and now that we actually have some traction it will be a different story than last year for sure!”

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With a long time attack history including competing in the 2007 Superlap Battle at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan Mark Berry has long been regarded as the OG of time attack in Australia. Mark has sat the past two years out to focus on business interests but has confirmed he will be back in the mighty Hi Octane Racing R34 GTR. We’ve been told Mark has been working on some serious upgrades to bring him back into the game.

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Jason Wright has also been a busy boy getting the iconic “HULK” WRX ready for the 2016 event. With a billet engine capable of 1000hp and many years of development he is hoping to get all the ducks in a row in 2016. “We are simply refining what we have. We have struggled with niggling problems year after year so plan on being a lot better sorted a lot earlier this year to show what the car is really capable of.”

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If the Sutton Brothers S15 is not the best example of a time attack Silvia on the planet we do not know what is. This car is an absolute work of art in every regard and in fact Nob Taniguchi even offered to buy the car a couple of years back. Taking a year off to study the brothers have confirmed they are back with a vengeance and are already planning test days to find more valuable time. Apart from building a car to an amazing standard these guys are also very competitive and will not be coming to muck about.

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Martin Notaras had a real struggle in 2015 with a newly finished car. Entered in Pro Class last year with the super capable Jack LeBrocq behind the wheel it really failed to show any promise. But the reality is this car should be super fast. The aero was designed by Andrew Brilliant to show “what can be done on a budget” the engine and trans should be strong with Notaras racing having many years of knowledge with the 4G63 and Martin is actually a dab hand behind the wheel. Any of the older folk may remember him dominating the Dutton rally series back in the late 90s. Before that he was a champion motorcycle racer.

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Last but definitely not least is Matt Plowman’s Scura Motorsport Lotus Exige. With a killer power-to-weight ratio and aero designed by Andrew Brilliant this is going to be a serious contender. It’s been a few years since we’ve since a Lotus at the pointy end of WTAC and this one certainly should be able to mix it with the best. “All of us were really excited at AMB Aero to do this project,” said Andrew Brilliant, “He wasn’t interested in the extremity of the current crop of pro cars, so we worked hard to infuse the downforce with a more balanced approach.”

 

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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!


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