There is a fine line when pushing the car between getting the perfect line and taking it too far and losing it all. From the outside it may all look under control, but a quick view from the cockpit will show you just how hard the driver is working to keep it all together.
This is very evident when watching Garth Walden wrestle the wheel of the Tilton Interiors Evo late on Saturday after snatching the lead. He managed to squeeze an astounding time of 1:23.7770 resetting the SMSP tin top record once again.
Shane van Gisbergen had some fancy footwork going on while trying to keep the MCA Hammerhead on the knife’s edge. He placed 2nd in Pro Class with a 1:25.3710.
Sparks flew when Mick Sigsworth took the PMQ Evo M to its absolute limit. While Mick aimed to push even harder during the Superlap Shootout, he still managed to stay on top with this 1:25.7570 lap.
With the Superlap Shootout being run on a wet track, it was obvious Tarzan would not be able to improve his best time. Still, he did what he does best and put on a show for the crowd by pushing the Revzone Evo through every corner!.
Adam Casmiri fought with a niggling transmission and a massive amount of torque generated by this surprisingly quick car. Adam pulled a 1:30.7010 out of the bag winning the Open Class much to the delight of all Honda fans.
Another Honda Civic to take everyone by surprise was Daniel Meredith’s BYP-backed EK series. Although subtle in appearance, the car stunned its critics by going below 1:40 and winning Clubsprint Class with an incredible lap of just 1:39.4470.
Even in Pro Am class the Hondas were stirring trouble. The Mighty Mouse CRX lapping an impressive 1:29.5170 with Rob Nguyen at the wheel. This make the Mighty Mouse not only the first FWD to dip under 1:30 but also the fastest FWD at SMSP.
If the RP968 Porsche looks fast that’s because it is! With David Wall behind the wheel this car narrowly missed out on the Pro Class podium with a lap time of 1:26.8000.
NZ’s Andy Duffin steering one of our favourite rotaries at this year’s event – the 3 Rotor Racing 20B RX7FD.
Robert Gooley in his beautifully finished and equally quick Evo VI – 1:34.58
Carbon Plus’ Toyota Spyder with Justin Gaujenieks behind the wheel.