Cool yet dry conditions at Sydney Motorsport Park this afternoon have seen the third Friday sessions for Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior start to seriously tumble.
With one more session still to run today, Brett Dickie (#79 Elusive Racing Honda Integra – V-Sport Clubsprint), Adam Casmiri (#21 JdmYard/Hardrace Honda Civic – Link ECU Open), Kosta Pohorukov (#6 Royal Purple/Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo 9) and Warren Luff (#1 MCA Suspension Nissan Silvia) are leading the way in their respective classes thanks to their performances so far this afternoon.
To witness all of the action of WTAC the best way possible – in person – get your tickets at the gate: for full details and pricing, please click here. The Bosch Motorsport Australia Livestream is also now live here, covering all of the on-track action today and into tomorrow.
Faced with dry proceedings for the first session of the afternoon, Brett Dickie and his Elusive Racing Honda Integra quickly got into the swing of things in the V-Sport Clubsprint class with a 1 min 41.077 second lap to head the times before the safety car was brought out twice for stranded vehicles.
At that stage Dickie showed the way to Dan Burton (Team Burton Racing Honda S2000) and Jason Naidoo (SuperPro Evo Mitsubishi EVO 8). Next was David Dalrymple who was showing up near the top for the first time in his Bilstein/Zen Garage Nissan Skyline GTR R32.
There was a further red flag just after the second group hit the circuit because Ahmed Baghadi’s glorious white Harrop Engineering Holden Monaro came to a halt after it went sixth fastest behind Duane Fischer (NA Autosport Mitsubishi EVO X).
Times certainly tumbled when the Link ECU Open Class field went out for their third session with the Garmin timing board front runners changing throughout.
Adam Casmiri topped the session and the day overall in his class as the sun occasionally bathed the SMP circuit. The JdmYard/Hardrace Honda Civic driver’s best was a 1 min 28.829 second lap which was just 1.3 seconds off the time that won him the class last year – showing great prospects so early into the event.
But he will have competition, with Josh Coote (MCA Suspension Toyota 86) just half a second away and just in front of Steve Johnson (WBT Racing Nissan Skyline GTR R33). Nathan Morcom (Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi EVO) was fourth ahead of John Boston (Xtreme GTR) – all in all, less than two seconds covered the top five.
Then, the wait of those eagerly keeping an eye on the Pro proceedings was over – the track was dry and the two major protagonists in the Royal Purple Pro class – Warren Luff and Barton Mawer – seriously faced off for the first time today.
By the end of the session, it was Warren Luff in the MCA Hammerhead Nissan Silvia S13 that came out on top – but not by much.
Luff went 1 min 22.260 while Mawer in the RP968 Porsche 968 wasn’t far off with his 1 min 23.142 second flyer. The third of the Pros, Fire Ando in the Escort Racing Mitsubishi EVO, basically did an installation lap only.
Continuing to lead the Royal Purple Pro Am class was Kosta Pohorukov in the Royale Purple/Tilton Racing EVO, going almost half a second under last year’s class winning time with a 1 min 25.881 second tour. The lap was just over a tenth off the best ever set three years ago.
Second fastest in this session’s Royal Purple Pro Am rankings was Serse Zeli (J-Spec Performance EVO) while Richard Perini (PR Technology Ginetta G55) was third. William Au-Yeung maintained fourth despite not running the latest session. His Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic was undergoing an engine change.
One more time attack session remains on the docket for today’s WTAC action and will be swiftly followed by the International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion. For all the event information you need to know , check out the links below.
- Ticketing: please click here
- Live Stream: please click here
- Full Event Schedule and Spectator Guide: please click here
- Spectator FAQs: please click here
- Merchandise details: please click here
- One Perfect Lap book details: please click here