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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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More teams show promise at the Nulon Nationals

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With the October dates fast looming many teams are looking to get as much track/test time as possible. Understandably then, there was no shortage of WTAC goodness to check out at round two of the three-round Nulon Nationals held at Wakefield Park raceway.

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The 60 car field took off under sunny blue skies and a top temperature of 10 degrees Celsius  meant the turbo cars were in heaven. Powertune brought the big guns down with Steve Ka in his crazy R34 GTR. This car broke the speed record for Wakefield clocking 248km down the front straight on its way to first place with a 1.00.01 just ahead of WTAC regular Lachlan Granger with a 60.7 in his Evo. Steve is one guy that has his heart set on an Open Class podium and has employed 2013 winner Dean Lillie to help sort the car out and share the driving in October.

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Also finishing strongly was Royal Purple Oil Star and Clubsprint ace Dan Farquar running double driving duties both with his own car and also performing a shakedown of the stunning new IS Motor Racing Evo that will be competing in Open Class. Both cars were within a whisker of each other both running 1.02.6 with a lot more to come in the IS car, this car should be on the money by October. Rounding out the top 5 was Brian Bugh in the R35 GTR that he will be competing in the GTR tuner class at WTAC with a 1.03.2.

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“The Nulon Nationals has been created to bring the fun back into motorsport” said Nulon marketing co-coordinator Christopher Dawe  “it is a 3 round series combining 3 different forms of Motorsport, Hillclimb on a street course, Drag racing, and Circuit racing.”

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“Round 1 was held in the mountains surrounding Bulahdelah in NSW. The 1240M road course is the fastest hillclimb in Australia, with the Pulse Racing Evo hitting over 200km an hour while climbing the twisting winding course. Round 3 will be at Cootamundra airport on September 20th. Racing at an airport is very different to a drag strip. There is nowhere near as much grip, so horse power is not the complete answer to a fast airport time.”

Nulon as always will attract some of the best cars on the road and track. All 3 rounds have been filmed for a tv show airing in the lead up to World Time Attack in October so keep an eye out for it.

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WTAC 2013 Officially Launched!

The WTAC fever went up another notch with the Media Launch held at the Sydney Motorsport Park. The crowd grew quickly as the news of the launch spread through the social media attracting enthusiasts from the-lowdown.com and affiliated clubs.

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Shutters were clicking as some of the best looking time attack cars in the world were wheeled into their garages in preparation for scrutineering. Among them the mighty Nemo Evo sporting a new war paint, the Esprit NSX, RE Amemiya RX7, Scorch Racing S15 along with the Pulse Racing and V-Sport Evos.

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Not to be outdone, Mad Mike’s quad rotor RX7 and Tsutomu Fujio’s R34 represented the drift field.

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Steve Glenney and Warren Luff were on hand to answer questions and even Inessa Tushkanova  took some time off from her busy schedule to pose for photos.

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The South Circuit paddock was filled with anticipation, speculation and excitement. Can Nemo defend its title? The challengers certainly look like they haven’t wasted any time during the off-season. Can the Aussie drifters finally triumph over the internationals? One thing is certain – this is shaping up to be one hell of an event!

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Inessa Tushkanova to guest drive at WTAC

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We can now confirm Russian Pro rally driver and part time  model Inessa Tushkanova will be flying into Sydney in October to guest drive several cars in both the Open and Pro Classes.

Inessa has been competing professionally on the European Rally circuit for several years and most recently in the Finnish rally Championship in an Evo 9 with a view to a WRC drive in the coming years as she rapidly moves up the ranks.

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Born in the Ukraine in 1987 Inessa grew up driving on ice so she learnt at a very young age the skills required to win rallies and has since gone on to compete not only in the forests of Europe but has also tried her hand  at Time Attack racing in Europe which is where she came to our notice.

Most recently she managed  to drive Misha Charoudin’s 700+ hp WRX into number one position for an pro class win at the Zandvoort round of the Dutch Time Attack series so you can rest assured she is no slouch behind the wheel!

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So I guess you have worked out by now that Inessa takes her racing very seriously and is super quick but what else can we tell you about her?

Well how about the fact that she was Miss Ukraine 2012! Did that get your attention? Or what about the fact that she has posed for Playboy magazines that have been featured across Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

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So what will Inessa be driving in Australia? Well she will have a seat in at least four different cars for at least one session and two of these car are also driven by two of Australia best rally drivers.

Firstly she will share the drive of the Pulse Racing Evo 9 with rally legend Steve Glenney in the Pro Class. Secondly you will see her with another Australian rally legend Rick Bates  in the V-Ssport Evo X.  Next up you can see her sharing a drive in the Topstage Composites S14 with former Australian Karting and Sports Sedan champion James Sera and finally she will be accompanying the BPG Racing father and son team of Craig and Adam Burgess in their crazy fast GTR.

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So what does Inessa think about coming to Australia and competing at WTAC?
“I cannot wait to come to Australia. I have never been there before and the cars there look crazy. I will do my best to get the fastest time possible and really look forward to meeting the fans down there”

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Pulse Racing in for a complete rebuild for WTAC 2013

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One of the most staunch supporters of World Time Attack, Pulse Racing have begun an extensive rebuild of the Mitsubishi Evo in the lead up to World Time Attack 2013. With a win in Open class at WTAC in 2010 putting them firmly in the spotlight the guys stepped up to Pro Class the following year but were plagued with mechanical woes in 2011 that put them out of the running and had a somewhat trying time at WTAC as they struggled to get a handle on the setup.

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Needless to say they have vowed to be in the game for 2013 with the long time association with time attack and rally ace Steve Glenney once again behind the wheel fresh from a podium finish at Targa Tasmania. We caught up with Pulse racing head honcho Paul Fisher at his southern Sydney based workshop.

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“This year we are taking a re-fine rather than Re-design approach. Prior to last year’s event we tested several times & chased several handling issues only to find a fluctuating/broken rear LSD in the day or so before WTAC, which meant all the changes we made in testing were now defunct, so we spent the test day and WTAC testing different set-ups.”

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“I’m pretty sure the Pulse crew were probably one of the hardest working teams at WTAC last year, I think from memory we carried out 5 or 6 spring changes, 3 sway bar changes (not an easy job on an EVO), wheel alignment, height changes, and on it goes.”

“Plus as we are a self-funded team with a modest budget , we can only afford 2 sets of tyres for the event so we have to manage our tyres very carefully and all this testing can quickly become very expensive”

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“Strangely enough last year we run our best time on Fri afternoon (1 minute 30)  on old tyres and low boost so we know the potential for much greater times is there, we just need to refine it . After our Engine woes in 2011 WTAC, driving the car on the trailer after the event was the number one goal.”

“Our plan was to run most of the weekend on low boost & then turn it up for the last couple of runs on Sat afternoon. As fate would have it we were shod with a brand new tyres and set on high boost when we followed the Cyber EVO around dumping oil around the entire track.”

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“In Steve’s words when he returned to the pits “mate, track is a disaster!! I almost slid off the track on the warm up lap”. I honestly think we had a 28 or even a 27 in it still with some compromises in aero and handling set-up.”

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So what did we learn from WTAC 2012? In short we still have a lot of handling issues to refine and our Pulse in-house designed aero needs a fair amount of development too. We had a huge deficiency in front aero and way too much in the rear – we ended up with most of the rear aero dialed out to try and balance the lack of front.”

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“A lot of the aero is as much about balance as it is about actual down force. So it was time to bring in a professional – enter Scott from AeroDesigns. Scott has had a huge re-design of the EVO Aero involving some major re-design of the front end. At present we are implementing these changes – cue the grinder.”

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Without giving away too much, here is a brief run-down of the changes underway:

Major aero redesign, suspension refinement, sequential shifter/flat shifting/electronic throttle (throttle downshift blipping etc), gear ratio changes, weight loss/weight balance change, colour change and cosmetic redesign. And lastly and most importantly testing, testing, testing & maybe a bit more testing !

See you in October!

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Top Aussie teams testing at Eastern Creek

With the WTAC only four weeks away, the Australian Pro Class teams are wasting no time getting their machines fine-tuned for the event. Among  a number of teams testing at the Sydney Motorsport Park today were Tilton Interiors and Pulse Racing.

Time Attack ace, Steve Glenney was driving the Pulse Racing Evo which looked very quick and impressively solid through the fast corners.

“We have fixed a few little issues” said the team owner and manager Paul Fisher, “the car is now a lot faster but we still have some things to sort out.”

Another familiar sight in the pits was the Tilton Interiors Evo. Looking just as menacing, if a little more subdued than the Pulse car, the Titlon Evo was a sight to behold flying past the grand stand.

“It’s all about the small details now,” said Kosta Pohorukov, “we really want to know how the car is performing everywhere around the track. The trick is to pick up a little bit of time on every corner.”

True to Kosta’s words, the Tilton team were busy data logging and analysing the car’s performance. “The more information we gather the better our chances of getting it right on the day” said Kosta. We couldn’t agree more.


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