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View from the inside


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.

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Closing the gaps

The cars are certainly getting faster but is the competition getting closer or further apart? To find the answer we took a quick look at the gaps between the top players in each class over the last couple of years.


What we found was not at all surprising; apart from Pro Am class (where Mick Sigsworth put a 5 second gap between himself and the nearest competitor), we saw a tightening of ranks throughout the WTAC classes.


This was especially evident in the Pro class which for the past two years saw one dominant player set the pace and the real battles being fought for 2nd and 3rd. In 2013 (above) the gap between the first and third was almost three seconds.


This was not the case in 2014 (above). The outright win was won by the narrowest of margins in WTAC history, and the difference between 1st and 3rd was less than one second. The fact that the third outright fastest was a Pro Am car shows that owner drivers can mix it up it up with Pros given the right machinery.


If we look at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placings in Pro Am, the gaps are also very small. Only 1.2 seconds between Sutton Brothers and Kyushu Danji with the Mighty Mouse less than 0.2 seconds behind.


The Open class is even closer. Only 0.5 seconds separate Steve Ka’s R34 from Denis Resi’s Lightning McQueen R32 and RTR Evo X is only half a second behind. That is less than a second between first and third!


The trend continues through to Clubsprint class. Only 0.7 seconds between the winner, Dan Farquar and David Lord and a further 0.2 second to Jason Naidoo. A total of 0.9 second between first and third.

Okay, so we have established that the racing is getting a lot closer, but is it faster? Let’s do a reverse grid and start with Clubsprint.


Dan Farqhuar might not have improved on the Clubsprint’s fastest time but the 2nd and 3rd cars both did better than their equivalents the year before.

While the Clubsprint winning time was 0.7 seconds slower than last year’s, the second and third times were almost a second faster.


All three top cars in Open recorded faster times than the 2013 top three. This year we might see the Class dip into 1:29s.

In Open class the winning time was 1.3 seconds faster. In fact, all top three cars posted a faster lap than last year’s winning time.


Sutton Brothers managed to shave one and a half seconds off their previous year’s best.

Pro Am saw the biggest advancement with Mick Sigsworth smashing his previous record by whole five seconds. It’s worth noting that both 2nd and 3rd place cars were about 1 second faster than their 2013 equivalents.


It’s getting crowded at the top: MCA Suspension were 1.6 seconds faster in 2015 showing that they’re a force to be reckoned with and a serious challenger for the outright title.

This leaves the big guns – Pro class. It’s true that Tilton beat their 2013 record by just 0.014 second but the real gains were recorded in the 2nd and 3rd place. Suzuki bettered MCA’s last year best by 2.5 seconds while MCA beat Nemo’s 3rd place time in 2013 by 2 seconds. Consequently, the distance from 1st to 3rd in Pro class dropped from 2.9 seconds in 2013 to 1.9 in 2014 with only 0.04 second separating the winner and the runner up.


So what does all that mean? Well, it looks like we have a tighter, closely matched field where a number of teams have a shot at the title in each class and the introduction of Superlap Shootout proves that the final podium place can indeed be decided on the last lap.


It also looks like Mitsubishi Evos’ grip on all the classes is beginning to loosen up with two rwd Nissans on the Pro class podium, two Nissans on the podium in Pro Am, GTRs dominating in Open and a WRX wedged between two Evos in Clubsprint. So far the mighty Evo claimed five out of five WTAC outright titles. Can a Nissan snatch it away? Only time can tell.

Outright Top Five Predictions for WTAC 2014

Every year, right about this time we bring you’re the official WTAC Form Guide where we rate each car’s odds of winning. This year we decided to take a slightly different approach.

Rather than using our previous “gazing into a crystal ball” technique we asked three different individuals to go out on a limb and predict the Outright Top 5 and explain their rationale behind it.


The Predictors

Ian Baker. The man behind WTAC. Ian knows more about time attack than all of us put together. Being in constant contact with a lot of the top teams he is also privy to plenty of inside information which makes him perfectly suited for this role.

Andrew Brilliant. Aerodynamicist Extraordinaire (try saying that three times quickly). Andrew is the man responsible for aero packages on some of the most famous WTAC cars like Nemo Evo, Scorch Racing S15 and ARK Design GTR. Andrew offers a unique, technical insight and a rational, scientific point of view on this year’s challengers.

Greg Lysien. The man responsible for WTAC’s marketing and its digital footprint. Greg lives and breathes time attack and spends a big chunk of his time keeping abreast of all time attack developments around the world. He brings to the table a “behind the scenes” perspective, focusing on all the preparation and testing done prior to the event.


With an improved aero package and a more powerful engine Top Fuel has addressed the car’s most serious shortcomings. Will it be enough to put the car on the podium?

Ian’s picks

1. Tilton Interiors
In my eyes these guys are the guys to beat without question. They will now have more power than ever and know what it takes to win. Walden has driven more laps of this circuit than any man on earth and the team is extremely well resourced with a comprehensive spares inventory and team principle is on a mission to win the event back to back.

2. MCA Suspension
There is no question these guys are stepping up too. A new billet engine should allow more power and Shane Van Gisbergen is in absolute stove hot form right now. Murray Coote is also one of the most knowledgeable chassis men around and Barry Lock has been working with the team to refine the aero further. They may only have a few guys on their team but make no mistake every one of them is at the top of their game.

3. Scorch Racing
If this car had done more testing I would move it probably to the top of the list. Now reportedly having more downforce than “any other time attack car” an extremely lightweight body and a bunch more power along with Suzuki’s crazy desire to win. On paper it is the car to beat. I suspect though that a lack of serious test time may hamper the car’s true potential but this guy deserves to be on the podium at least once!

4. ARK Design USA
Another car that on paper could be an outright contender but with zero testing before shipping will make do with what little test time they have in Australia before the event. With an Eric Hsu engine, Mike Kojima suspension and Andrew Brilliant aero there is no question it has some of the best brains in the business on the job and with a yet to be named top tier Australian driver that has “extensive track knowledge” these guys have to be an each way bet if they can get all the ducks to line up on the day.

5. Top Fuel
This car has undergone an extensive development program in the last 12 months and no doubt will be quicker. Taniguchi really wants to stand on the Pro Class podium at least once too and will be pushing harder than ever.

Also worth mentioning that Mick Sigsworth will not be far from this pack either and there is an equally impressive R32 GTR that you are about to hear a whole lot more about too in the next couple of weeks and the two R35s from Japan will also be up there, but again this is hard to compare as they are running on a slick tyre.


There is no question Tilton Evo is the car to beat this year. It’s hard to find a weakness in this proven, well rounded and incredibly fast package.

Andrew’s picks

1. Tilton Interiors
To be as unbiased as possible and as much as I cheer for Suzuki-san, I have to say that Tilton has shown a rate of progression over the last few years that is fierce. They have shown to have the key for success: synergy. They have personnel, management, skills and determination. Their engine horsepower is what I see as their biggest technical strength along with a specialist covering every aspect of the car. Their power goal this year is double that of any previous champion so there is no doubt they have pushed engine development to a new level.

Anyone with plans to overthrow Tilton needs massive acceleration and epic down force. Teams are developing now, but the bar has been set to a very high level.

2. Scorch Racing
The compromise between reliability and development is a fine line in Time Attack. Suzuki-san and friends have taken his car to what is a new level for them. I think they are close to the realization of the vision, but it is not refined yet. A lack of testing leaves a huge question mark. It is so much for one man to do, managing the team, driving the car and doing it all after work hours.

There is no playbook for how to deal with these kind of unprecedented aero loads. Until it is refined, it may not see full potential. The question is: Will the absolute determination and the purest of Japanese spirit overcome the lack of resources and hours in a day?

3. MCA Suspension
This team is to be feared on any budget, I would describe their approach as industrious and ingenious. This was a very tough choice for me between 2nd and 3rd, but you see opposite approaches in the battle for RWD title. MCA have taken a conservative path this year so they will need a lot less luck than Scorch to see the car’s potential. A list of championships across various disciplines lies in their wake, but I think this year they may have been just a touch too short on development.

4. Mick Sigsworth/ PMQ
This is the dark horse. Its capabilities may be even beyond my expectations but I have little to base that on since this complete rebuild has never been seen in detail and developed in secret. The car is a work of art, every part of the build is done as you would expect on a professional GT car and their design asset is former McLaren engineer Barry Lock. This car is his best work. The only reason I didn’t put it in the top three is the development of the other contenders, they will be faster this year, but if any of them slip up, this car could slot into a podium finish.

5. Top Fuel
This car has primarily received a new aero treatment, a trickle down effect of the development cycle for Tilton’s package. If they got a similar treatment I would expect to see their lap time improve about 1.3-1.5 seconds and that would have been a top three finish just last year. I think a top 5 is in the cards for them this year.


He has been oh-so-close before, you can almost feel Suzuki’s hunger for WTAC podium. This year he has attempted the most ambitious upgrade yet. Will his gamble pay off?

Greg’s picks

1. Scorch Racing
I’m going to go out on a limb here and tip Under Suzuki for the outright win this year. There is no doubt in my mind that Tilton is the hot favourite but the beauty of time attack racing is that it can be so damn unpredictable. There are a few reasons why I’m putting my money on Suzuki-san. First is Suzuki’s “all-or-nothing” attitude this year. While other teams have made moderate changes aimed at improving a proven package, Suzuki went all out with a completely revamped aero and big changes to the engine. He now runs one of the most aerodynamically advanced kits in the class and has the horsepower to match.

Add to it his “never-say-die” spirit and you’ve got yourself a package very capable of winning. Suzuki openly admitted that he is yet to have a “perfect lap” at WTAC, and my prediction is that he might just pull one out of the bag this year. And in time attack racing that one perfect lap is all you need.

2. Tilton Interiors
Not tipping these guys for the top spot is risky, not including them in the top three would be right down foolish. The team’s methodical approach in 2013 paid off and looking at their pre-event preparations and testing they’re aiming at beating their 1:24.85 record.

With a 2.5 second gap these guys have a good reason to be confident, it’s the challengers that have to step up their game, all Tilton need to do is replicate what they did last year. This, however, can be trickier than it seems. I recall talking to Kosta after their record-setting lap last year. He said: “Sometimes everything goes according to plan. We just kept getting faster every session. 2013 was our year, much like it was for Nemo in 2012.”

Last year Tilton were still the underdogs, this year they are World Champions and that carries with it a lot of pressure. Can they use the pressure and turn it into another victory?

3. MCA Suspension
Now here is a team that is as understated as it is underestimated. I was actually going to tip them to win but ended up putting them in the third place due to the driver change for this year. Don’t get me wrong, I think Shane Van Gisbergen is a great driver and more than capable of piloting the Hammerhead to victory but it will be his first time attack event and this makes him an “unknown variable” in my books.

It’s hard to predict how the MCA/SVG combo will work out on the day. I am confident they will make the podium at the very least. The car is insanely fast and Murray reckons it will be even faster this year. If the MCA team and SVG click then Tilton might well have another fight on their hands.

4. Top Fuel
You only need to read Nob’s blog to see how badly he wants to stand on the WTAC podium. Here is a guy that is not used to coming second, let alone 5th. Top Fuel have made numerous improvements over the last three years but those only yielded marginally quicker times. Their biggest problem seemed to be the lack of outright power.

This year they will come equipped with an improved aero package and a more powerful engine. If the testing at Fuji Speedway is anything to go by we will see a dramatic drop in lap times for this team. Looking at 2013 WTAC times Taniguchi needs to go over a second faster to get on the podium and three seconds faster to have a shot at the title. It’s a big ask, but I wouldn’t count these guys out just yet.

5. Mick Sigsworth
Mick is a red hot favourite to take out the Pro Am class this year and I strongly believe this car has potential to be in the Outright Top 5. To get there he needs to shave three seconds off his last year’s PB which, given the very promising pre-event testing might just be possible.

Mick’s new car is a very well put together package with a strong engine and a great aero. Though not a pro, Mick is a very experienced driver and knows his car well so we expect him to get below 1:30 on the first day.


Those who underestimate MCA Suspension do so at their own peril. Last year’s runners up are no longer satisfied playing the bridesmaid role.

WTAC Cheat Sheet

For those of you who have an aversion to reading long article we’ve summarised the strengths and weaknesses of the teams that, in our opinion, have a shot at this year’s Outright Top 5:

Tilton Interiors
PROS: Proven Package. Proven Team. WTAC experienced driver. Reigning Champions
CONS: Reigning Champions=pressure. Not much else really.

Scorch Racing
PROS: WTAC Experience. Killer aero. Powerful engine.
CONS: New, largely untested combo. Non-Pro Driver.

MCA Suspension
PROS: Proven Package. Consistency. Murray Coote.
CONS: New driver for 2014. The S13 platform might be reaching its limit.

Mick Sigsworth
PROS: WTAC experience. Great aero. Loads of power.
CONS: New build = teething problems. Non-pro Driver.

Top Fuel
WTAC experience. Top notch driver. Fast in pre-event testing.
Low on power. Needs to be 1.3 seconds faster to make podium.

ARK Design
Very capable driver. Experienced and very knowledgeable team.
Lack of pre-event testing.


Mick Sigsworth’s Evo is the only Pro Am car to make our list. We’re expecting seriously quick lap times from this team.

Disagree with our predictions? Tell us who you think will be in the Outright Top 5 using the comments below.

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Sayonara Japan… See you in Sydney!


It is that time of year again folks… The time of year when the overseas teams pack up all of their gear, wind up their suspension and load into the containers to head to Sydney for the World Time Attack Challenge in October. As you can see the docks at the Yokohama Port in Japan were overflowing with some wild time attack and drift cars this year!


Top Fuel were one of the first to arrive in their radically modified S2000.


The team at HKS were kind enough to pick up a hitch hiker on the way to the docks. Under Suzuki’s wild S15 riding shotgun behind the HKS R35 in their cool “flip side” truck.


Kyushu Danji drove for over 15 hours straight to get his R34 to the Yokohama port to load. It is amazing the lengths some privateers go to to compete at WTAC. This car is so cool and sure to be hit in the Pro Am Class once it arrives in Australia.


Soon afterwards the car that everyone was waiting for pulled up. The legendary Mazda 767B in all its glory. This will probably be the first time outside of Japan for this particular car since it raced at Le Mans in 1989.


One of the RE crew decided to take a nap on the front splitter whilst demonstrating the strength of the car’s newly revamped aero package. With the 767B sitting right behind it, we can’t help but think how excited rotary fanboys around the world will be to see these cars in action!


Top Secret and HKS will be the headline acts for the brand new R35 GTR class for 2014. These cars are running massively tuned motors – there is a collective 2500 horsepower sitting right there!


Two cars that were absent from these photos but are also on their way are the Team RSR Toyota 86 that will be shipped from Kobe and the HKS / Ben Sopra 380SX that arrived later to this port and is also on its way to Australia.


35 days to go and counting! If you like what you see on these pictures there is only one place you need to be in October – and that’s the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge. October 17th – 19th, Sydney Motorsport Park. Be there!

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Royal Purple Pro Class Form Guide 2013

Every year we give you our “staff picks” form guide for the Pro Class and more often than not we end up fairly close. Having said that, this is motor racing so anything can and often does happen. These vehicles are so highly strung these days the stress they put on components is exceptionally high. With many of the fastest turbo cars now running in excess of 40psi boost pressure and well over 800 horsepower there is no team that is impervious to mechanical failure as they all dance on a thin line between “winning it and binning it” making for an extremely exciting event that could well fall into the hands of any of the competitors. Our picks for the year are as follows:

1. Nemo Racing  3:1

The champion returns this year in a freshly rebuilt car to comply with the 2013 rulebook. This included the addition of weight but we hear a whole heap more horsepower so no matter what they will be faster. In fact, we believe probably faster than last year. Driver Warren Luff will be in absolute peak form after competing at Bathurst with Red Bull Racing V8 Supercars team the week prior and no doubt these are the guys to beat.

2. Tilton Interiors 4:1

This car has just returned from Japan where it underwent wind tunnel testing and a whole aero redesign. The engine has also has a freshen up and the transmission is now paddle shifted. Garth Walden has done more laps of SMSP than any man on earth which gives him a “home track” advantage. The team is well resourced and has an extensive spare parts inventory. If anyone can take it to Nemo it is Tilton. The only downside is no testing as yet with the new aero.

3. Scorch Racing 4.5:1

Now this is one guy to watch very carefully. He now has Andrew Brilliant on his team and has been making some serious progress with refinements to the aero package making the car a lot more drivable and stable. He has clocked 52 seconds at Tsukuba circuit and from what we hear the car is much faster than that now so anything is possible. He has also done has done a lot of testing in Japan in the off season. Forget the “underdog” tag, it is now a thing of the past as Suzuki-san has now become a force to be reckoned with and and is bringing with him a reasonable spares inventory to keep him on track. If there was a prize for determination he would win hands down but we also think he may well be close to where he really wants to be – and that is on the winner’s step of the podium!

4. Top Fuel/Voltex S2000RR 5:1

Another Japanese car that could well be on the podium this year after smashing Cyber Evo’s laptime at Fuji Speedway and claiming a “time attack car” record for the track along the way is the Top Fuel S2000RR. Last year this car was straight out of the box and arrived with minimal testing and still finished in 5th spot with a time of 1.29.5. Taniguchi complained that it was extremely hard to drive fast so in 2013 the car has been considerably improved with the dynamics and aero now sorted and the power increased accordingly. Taniguchi goes by the name of “No One Better” and we are sure he will be out to make that ring true in Sydney. No doubt Voltex want the big trophy back after years of success with the Cyber team !

5. MCA Suspension s13  5:1

After finishing in 3rd position in 2012 the Queensland based father and son of Murray and Josh Coote have made some serious changes to the Silvia to remove more weight and increase downforce also increase power. These include a carbon fibre roof and some changes to their aero kit. We may be out on this as we have no testing data since they have only really done a shakedown in the current guise but we did see Murray give both thumbs up at the end of the day. Driver Earl Bamber is always quick, these guys are seriously experienced at making changes fast to suit conditions and they have tasted champagne on the podium before so it would be fair to say they would not want to go backwards. We put them at a “tie” with Top Fuel at 5:1

6. Esprit NSX 6:1

Now this is one car that could surprise and surprise big time! Nobody knows the feeling of a WTAC victory like Tarzan Yamada and this is one car he is very comfortable with, having driven it for many years. It is very powerful and well suited to the fast flowing Sydney Motorsport Park track and after a very undignified end to the Cyber team in 2012 Yamada will be looking to put his name back in the record books and this may well be the car to do it in. If this was a beauty contest this car would win hands down as it is simply stunning!

7. RE Amemiya RX7   7:1

This team with a background in professional level Super GT racing should be a force to be reckoned with and if all the ducks line up on the day it could well be on the podium. With Taniguchi driving, a new, more refined aero package and a 6th place last year with time of 1.29.8 on their first ever visit they certainly have the credentials to run at the front of the pack. They have however had a troubled time in testing with  the team losing two engines and not able to record a lap time. They have a fresh engine in for WTAC and if all goes their way could well be a podium finisher.

8. Dominator Evo 7.5:1

If there is one car we would definitely put in as serious dark horse it is the Dominator. This car finished with a victory in Open Class in 2013 almost 3 full seconds ahead of its nearest rival. Since then it has undergone a full “Pro Class makeover” and now claims a 1000hp engine, paddle shifted transmission and “proper aero”. Also worth noting under the new rules that being an Evo 6 it can be lighter than its rivals Nemo and Tilton as the Evo 9 is heavier from the factory. Once again, with tarmac rally ace Steve Glenney behind the wheel on paper this car has what it takes to be on the podium and upstage the “unstageable” but with minimal testing it is hard to gauge. Each way bet without a doubt.

9. AMB Aero/GT Autogarage Eclipse 9:1

No question a front wheel drive car will struggle against AWD and RWD cars right? Well maybe but we would not jump to immediate conclusions. When you have penned some of the fastest time attack cars on the planet it would be fair to assume your own car would be also be fairly fast. Whether it has the mojo to mix it with the best remains to be seen. The driver has the right credentials, having driven for some of the best ALMS outfits in the USA and will be going all out at WTAC. The GT Autogarage guys have prepared a new engine with more power than ever previously. A cat amongst the pigeons without a doubt.

10. Pulse Racing Evo 10:1

Another car that has undergone a radical transformation for WTAC 2013.  The Pulse guys have employed ex-Williams F1 aerodynamicist Scott Beeton to pen a new design they hope will keep them in the game. Avid supporters of time attack racing from day one these guys come out every year in wilder outfit than the year before and always with tarmac rally ace Steve Glenney behind the wheel. It is possible they may move ahead in leaps and bounds this year. The two biggest handicaps will be a lack of test time and budget constraints that limit tyre usage but if everything goes their way off the bat on the day then they could well be in the game. Very experienced Evo tuners with very experienced driver behind the wheel. Another darkhorse for sure.

10. Prep’d Motorsport Lotus Exige GT3  11:1

This was the fastest Australian car in the competition at WTAC 2010, finishing in 4th place with Warren Luff behind the wheel and a time of 1.32.7. The team returned in 2011 and ran slightly faster but by then many other teams had also found more time. For 2013 the guys return with a better aero package and a fresh higher output engine and Barton Mawer behind the wheel. Certainly should be faster than ever but unlikely to cause an upset at the front of the pack. But then again this is time attack racing so anything is possible.

11. Insight Motorsport S2000  15:1

Another car we predicted big things for but it is unlikely we will see it at its full potential in 2013. A fresh big power dry sump engine is now fitted with a sequential transmission installed along with an extensive suspension makeover and John Boston doing the driving. Sadly we believe new aero kit that was to provide the much needed downforce will not be completed in time so the team will have to rely mostly on mechanical grip, and while several years ago that would have been fine, in the company that we keep in 2013 this will be a very big ask.

12. Insight Motorsport Astra  20:1

This car looks and sounds very promising but we can’t help but think it may have left its run a bit too late. Built for a Singapore based businessman, packing a host of topline race components, once again driven by John Boston and looking for all the world like a DTM race car, it sure has serious potential. Barely making it to WTAC with zero test time it would appear they will be unlikely to see this potential in 2013. Regardless, a cool build and one to look out for in the future for sure.

So in a nutshell that is it. Yes it is a smaller Pro field than previous years but only because many of the guys that would have been forced to run in Pro will now run in Pro Am and when you combine these two Pro classes we have a bigger PRO CAR Field than ever before with a 27 car line-up. We can assure you the Pro Am field will have some crazy battles going on too!


They’re here!

It’s all systems go, as the international cars arrive at Eastern Creek. The excitement builds we unload each car from its container, seeing these cars up close really drives home the point that the big event is just about to start!

The Redbrick Racing Evo looks immaculate – the pictures really don’t do it justice!

CyberEvo car looks completely different from last year.

New Zealand has a huge Drift team but in Time Attack it’s represented by just one team: RevolutioNZ.