Expect times to tumble at this year’s Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge.
That’s the consensus among competitors across the classes with perfect weather expected for Friday’s first day of official running.
Royal Purple Pro Class competitor Barton Mawer suggests the ultimate winner will need to dip into the 1:21s bracket to take the honours this year, a time that would be a two-second improvement on what he managed in the Porsche 968 en route to second in class twelve months ago.
The car they’re all looking at is the Nissan Silvia S15 of Under Suzuki, who was third last year but is looking faster than ever though will face stiff competition from defending champ Tim Slade in the Nissan Silvia S13.
In Motul Pro-Am Class, Rob Nguyen is an early favourite as he looks to improve on his 2016 result of second in class.
The Honda CRX looks strong but will have to fend off the challenges of a trio of internationals.
Miika Toivanen and his Lotus Exige spent the day gaining experience in the 600bhp Lotus Exige, which boasts an engine developed for LMP2 sportscar racing – and tomorrow will boast 700bhp once the wick is turned up.
Sharing the same garage, Sami Sivonen has taken aim at Nguyen, believing his Audi R8 can take out the Motul Pro Am Class and deny Nguyen’s ‘Mighty Mouse’ victory at its final event.
Hoping to crash their party is William Au-Yeung, who has won a race against time to have his immaculate Honda Civic ready in time for the event.
The enthusiastic Canadian is making his debut at Sydney Motorsport Park, in what is his first visit to Australia.
Almost untouched from last year’s Link Open Class winning entry, Nathan Morcom is quietly confident heading into the event in the Mitsubishi Evo 9.
However, it’s South Australian Matt Longhurst that has set chins wagging, with the Nissan GTR R34 looking good to improve on last year’s second place in class.
Longhurst recovered from a CDI problem early in the day, leaving rivals like Garth Walden to suggest he’ll be the man to beat.
Walden struggled with the setup of his Mitsubishi Evo 9, admitting he’ll take the car back to his workshop tonight in an attempt to cure suspension problems which left him chase a second a lap on Thursday.
Walden and the rest of the Link Open Class will be out for their first session at 9:00 tomorrow morning, with Motul Pro Am Class to follow at 9:35.
The Royal Purple Pro Class then hits the track at 9:50 for the first of its four sessions.
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