The Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior is officially underway.  

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Opening proceedings at Sydney Motorsport Park this morning was the V-Sport Clubsprint Class. This class was originally designed as the ‘street’ or ‘entry level’ class and has become highly competitive over the years. With heavy restrictions on aero and weight, this class relies heavily on the drivers’ skill and the builders’ ingenuity.

Brett Dickie – #79 Elusive Racing Honda Integra

Both groups this morning faced wet conditions. Jason Naidoo headed up the session for the first ten minutes in his SuperPro Mitsubishi EVO 8, posting a best time of 2mins 01.525 seconds before Victorian Sports Sedan racer Brett Dickie in his Elusive Racing Honda Prelude eclipsed that time by 0.23 seconds.

Dickie’s time stood for the remainder of the session ahead of Naidoo with Dan Burton (Honda S2000) third quickest in front of Robert Murray (EVO) and Jim Tu (EVO 9).

The wet conditions continued as Group 2 came onto the track. While Dickie and Naidoo remained at the top of the times, the group’s fastest – Jake Lambie (Shinka Autosport EVO 5) slotted into fourth spot at the end of the session.

With his Street FX Hyundai i30N fitted with a half rollcage overnight (due to his Friday dry weather speed and the regulations which require cars faster than 1m 45s to have a rollcage) Jordan Cox was second fastest of the session and fifth overall ahead of Josh Muggleton (Liqui-Moly/Volksmuller Volkswagen Golf GTi). It hasn’t been clear sailing for Cox this morning however, with a right front wheel speed sensor coming loose and becoming wrapped up in the front drive shaft, affecting the ABS and electronic front diff.

Johannes Mahler – #43 R Performance Switzerland Honda Integra

Times soon began dropping with the Link ECU Open Class cars hitting the track for their first session. One of the most popular classes, this is where you see serious privateers mixing it up with the big tuning houses with talented amateur drivers taking on pro drivers in some seriously modified weaponry. The class has restrictions on aero but is far less restrictive than the V-Sport Clubsprint class, while carbon fibre body panels and sequential transmissions are also permitted.

Initially it was John Boston setting the pace in the still-wet conditions with a 1 min 55.965 second lap in his XtremeGTR Nissan Skyline GTR before 2017 class winner Adam Casmiri (Jdm Yard/Hardrace Honda Civic) posted as 1 min 53.249 second lap.

When Nathan Morcom (Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi EVO 9) split the duo, first and second from last year were first and second in the session. Switzerland’s Johannes Mahler (R Performance Switzerland Honda Integra) was next in fourth with Boston relegated to fifth.

Towards the end of the session, Mahler pulled out a 2 min 50.570 second lap to head the Link ECU Open Class ahead of Casmiri and Morcom. Mathew Erdmann in the Subaru Lucky 60 BRZ moved into fourth spot just as the session ended while Boston remained fifth.

Barton Mawer – #2 Porsche 968

Track conditions were looking brighter as the quick Royal Purple Pro and Royal Purple Pro Am Classes went out and despite the still-wet track, Barton Mawer trickled around at first checking that the engine dramas in the Pro Porsche 968 of Friday had been cured.

He then slotted in one quick lap – a stunning 1 min 34.449 – to easily (by 16.121 seconds) top the Garmin Timingboard for the first round of competition. Meanwhile two of the Royal Purple Pro Am entries circulated briefly as well with Canadian William Au-Yeung (Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic Si) in the low 1 min 53s and Singapore’s Eddie Ng (Choon’s Motor Works Mazda RX7 FD3S) five seconds slower.

#5 Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic Si

A number of cars missed this morning’s opening sessions as they scrambled to fabricate and affix a panel to the rear of the front fender after CAMS deemed those cars missing this part of the guard to be outside of the rules.

The action continues with the second sessions for each class on-track now ahead of Midday Mayhem and afternoon sessions later today.