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Shane Van Gisbergen to compete in Formula Drift

There is no question about it that Shane van Gisbergen is hot property right now  especially after seeing him win two from two V8 Supercar races in extremely wet conditions at Sydney Motorsport park last Saturday. The fact that he then proceeded to “drift” the track in the VIP Pet Food Commodore is a sure sign of SVGs love of drifting.

The real good news for all of us, is that Shane has now secured a drive in Formula Drift at Sydney Motorsport Park in the crazy 800 plus horsepower supercharged Commodore drift car of The Drift Syndicate team. SVG is sure to turn it on for the fans big time, as we all know, this guy does not go anywhere just to make up the numbers!


After last weekend’s performance, SVG is currently sitting in 4th position in the V8 Supercar series in the Tekno VIP Petfoods Commodore and it would be fair to say he knows a little about punting a Holden over a racetrack.

What is not so widely known, particularly in Australia, is that SVG is also an extremely competent drifter and has competed in many D1NZ rounds in his native New Zealand in the “Rattla” Falcon, but going up against some of the world’s best is something that the young Kiwi is really looking forward to.


“I’ve always been a fan of anything that goes sideways, starting from watching my Dad rallying to when I first started racing Speedway. I have gone out and done some testing in the Drift Syndicate Commodore and it shows a ton of promise and I will be working with the team to dial it in over the next few weeks.”

“It certainly has no shortage of grunt so it is guaranteed to be exciting. I am really looking forward to this. Drifting is something I always enjoy and to go up against some of the best in the business will be an awesome experience.”


The Drift Syndicate Commodore is the car that Max Orido drove in the Tectaloy Drift Challenge in 2013 but has since undergone some major reworks including a fresh 6.2 litre LSX engine with a Magnuson supercharger perched on top that revs “well over 8000rpm” and makes in excess of 800 horsepower.


“This is fantastic news for our team” said team principle Andrew Studdart “Shane was absolutely brilliant in testing and we are really looking forward to seeing him in Formula Drift.”

“The car is so strong now and we will continue to improve it right up to the event as Shane’s schedule allows in between his V8 Supercar commitments. This year we are certainly going to push for a win.”


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Prep’d Motorsport backs the Legends display

The Turbo Legends display has long been a popular part of the World Time Attack Challenge with both spectators and competitors alike. We always knew that fans would love to see the legendary cars they may have only read about on the internet or in magazines and would love to see them in full flight, on the racetrack.


Every year we gather a whole bunch of legendary race cars from the 70s, 80s and 90s and bring them to WTAC to showcase them to our fans. During the lunch break we send them out for a few hot laps so the spectators can experience these wonders of a bygone era at full noise.


What started as the Legends of the Turbo Era has now grown into a “Legends of all kinds” with many very famous naturally aspirated cars from the past joining the fold. With Motul taking up the GTR class for 2014 the naming spot for this class was open and Prep’d Motorpsort boss Lachlan Cook jumped at the chance.


“These historic cars make up a large slice of our business,” said Cook “We will still be running the Lotus in the Pro Class this year with Barton Mawer driving but I saw the synergy straight away for Prep’d to be involved in the legends display. This sector of the market is growing year upon year and this kind of stuff is great for everyone.”


As well as the many regulars that come every year, this year will see some new cars to the fold including:


Ex Colin Bond Group A Sierra RS500.


Ex Jim Richards JPS BMW M3.


RS1800 BDA Rally Escort.


Martini Lancia 037

Also scheduled to make an appearance is a genuine Martini Lancia 037. This car was scheduled to appear a couple of years back but withdrew at the last minute due to mechanical issues. The owner assures us it is all good and will be here 100% this year.


Add to it our usual runners that make the pilgramage out every year and you’ve got a pretty impressive line up at this year’s Pre’d Legends.


The Prep’d Legends will be on display in the dummy grid area over the Friday/ Saturday of WTAC and will be on track during the Midday Mayhem which takes place between 12pm – 2pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Dancing with the Stars: WTAC vs F1

The attendees of the Top Gear Festival were treated to some time attack action this year with the Royal Purple Oil stars out to show the general public what the time attack racing is all about.


Nik Kalis (below) was leading the charge but pushed too hard on Sunday causing a close encounter with the wall.
Nik escaped serious injury though the same can’t be said for his car.
+ Photo: David Lysien

The headline act for the time attack fans however was the Tilton Interiors Evo who took part in one of the most entertaining parts of the show – The Ultimate Speed Showdown.

Only a handful of drivers in the world can put

“Raced against a Formula 1 car” on their resume.

Only a handful of drivers in the world can put “Raced against a Formula 1 car” on their resume. As of last weekend, Garth Walden and the Tilton Interiors time attack team are part of that exclusive club, having raced head to head against the likes of the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz V8 Supercar and SLS AMG GT3 car, a Ducati Superbike, a WRC rally car and the Red Bull RB7 Formula 1 car.


One thing we need to make very clear right from the start: this was a “demonstration” race. With very relaxed rules and a staggered start the focus was more on showcasing the cars’ race track capabilities and comparing them to a benchmark set by the F1 car rather than aggressive, all-out racing. This said, it was clear the drivers took it rather seriously with Troy Bayliss publicly announcing he “wasn’t going to do anyone any favours”.


Troy Baylis did not hold back, and managed to hold off the F1 car till the finish line.
+ Photo: David Lysien

The starting order was determined by “one-on-one” races held throughout the day so the slower cars were given a head start with the faster ones doing the chasing. First off the mark was Neal Bates in a Toyota Corolla WRC rally car with Troy Bayliss on the Ducati Superbike soon after. They were followed by the E63 V8 Supercar and the SLS AMG GT3. Last to leave the start line were the Tilton Evo and the RB7.


The staggered start spread the field out quite considerably with the first pair approaching Turn 3 by the time the RB7 was let out. It took The F1 car one lap to catch up to Tilton and two more laps to move past the rest of the four wheeled field. By the final, fourth lap it was creeping up on the Ducati Panigale R mounted Troy Bayliss. True to his word, Troy didn’t do Ricciardo any favours and was able to hold off the hard charging RB7, taking the line honours much to the delight of all two-wheel enthusiasts.


Daniel Riccardo in last year’s car charging through the field in the Red Bull RB7.
+ Photo: David Lysien

The awesome speed, acceleration and handling of the RB7 was evident even to those uninitiated. The collective sigh heard from the grand stand as it screamed past, was a testament of the car’s presence and universal appeal.


For Tilton, moving up through the field was a bit tougher. While Garth is no stranger to door-to-door racing, the car was built for a solo, time attack racing and was definitely out of its comfort zone in this race. Undeterred by this fact Garth managed to catch up and overtake the WRC car, the E63 V8 Supercar and the GT3 AMG, proving that even hampered by its extensive aero package, Tilton had the power and the top speed to overtake both of them on the main straight. It was certainly an eye opener for those who have only ever heard about time attack racing but never seen it in action.


As we’ve mentioned earlier, the race was a “demonstration” so it’s difficult to say how it would have ended up if all the cars started from the grid at the same time. The actual lap times paint a more accurate picture of how the vehicles compared. The RB7, not surprisingly, was the fastest car on the track with a lap time of 1.26.27, followed by the Tilton Evo at 1.28.42, Erebus SLS GT3 and V8 Supercar at 1.32.131 and 1.32.656 respectively. The Ducati Panigale R clocked in 1.33.971 and the Toyota WRC car came in at 1.41.222.


On Sunday morning, Danial Ricciardo went out and set a new SMP lap record on the same track layout that is used for WTAC. This, being a clear, unobstructed run aimed at getting the fastest lap time provided us with a good benchmark time to compare against the current WTAC champion.


Development budgets aside, the fact that running street rated tyres, Tilton Evo is only 13 seconds behind what is, without a doubt, the pinnacle of automotive racing technology is pretty damn impressive. To put it in perspective, the gap between the Tilton Evo and the RB7 is two seconds less than the gap between Tilton and the fastest Clubsprint car at the 2013 WTAC – the Process West WRX STi. Take a moment to think about that.


Tilton Interiors and the Red Bull RB7 head to head. A rare sight indeed!
+ Photo: David Lysien

A well deserved pat on the back for the Tilton team and kudos to the Royal Purple Oil Stars for representing the time attack community at the Top Gear Festival. A big thanks also go to the event co-ordinator Renato Loberto  for helping us put it all together. Next stop – 2014 World Time Attack Challenge!

MoTeC lets race fans see into the Future!

When the gates open at World Time Attack at Eastern Creek, there will be more than the promise of exciting racing to draw a crowd.


MoTeC is thrilled to announce that it has teamed up with V8 Supercars to offer the public unprecedented access to its state-of-the-art ‘Car of the Future’ (COTF).

Visitors to the MoTeC stand will have an exclusive opportunity to get up close like never before to this next generation V8 beast, witnessing an interactive demonstration of the cutting edge technology on board.

Expert personnel will be on hand to provide insights into the complete MoTeC electronics system, from the brand new custom ECU to intelligent power distribution, world class data acquisition, high definition video capture and smart driver displays.

“We’re excited to give race goers a first hand look at the future of Australian motorsport” said Lester Doig, MoTeC General Manager, “and the high tech nature of this event makes it the perfect forum to showcase the MoTeC technology that will be driving it.”

This is a rare opportunity that no race enthusiast should miss so head to the MoTeC trade stand at World Time Attack, August 10-11, Eastern Creek Raceway and don’t forget the camera!

MoTeC is the exclusive supplier of electronics for the V8 Supercars ‘Car of the Future’. Full details of the system are available at www.motec.com.au/latestnews/newsv8supercarcotf

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