WTAC 2016: A Perfect Time To Attack

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The 2016 World Time Attack Challenge proved that you can have quantity and quality in one place. It is arguably Sydney’s JDM Mecca and I was lucky enough to be selected to be part of the Downshift Aus team to experience it

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Being such a big event there are several practice days prior to the main event on Friday & Saturday.

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Under Suzuki learnt from previous years that too many changes in a short period don’t end well. There are many elements in a time attack car that rely on each other. Perfect balance takes time and each modification must be tested extensively.

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During practice laps on Thursday, the hood of the Porsche from RP-968 flew off at 250km/hr (155mph) on the main straight. To repair the damage the team had to get the mould from the workshop and do overnight repairs in time for the next session.

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It was impossible to predict the Pro Class winner as there was no standout lap time.

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For several teams the main engine ingredient was a billet SR20 block to retain the high boost levels. MCA Suspension’s Hammerhead was pumping out approximated 35-45 pounds of boost!

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Pro Class consisted of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive platforms. This year it was dominated by RWD finishing in 1st, 2nd & 3rd places which surprised many people seeing the now retired AWD Tilton Racing Evo won the last 3 consecutive years.

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It wasn’t just the times that broke records. This year saw the most entrants, spectators, biggest show ‘n’ shine and even a higher number of media recording the event. The Downshift team were too happy to be a part of it.

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The research and engineering that goes into these cars are absolutely astounding. Travelling around some corners, the Pro Class cars are able to produce over 2 tonnes of downforce. It just goes to show what these wings and diffusers can do. Without a doubt, when it comes to Time Attack cars the most noticeable feature is the Aero.

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The 2015 record time of 1:23.7770, set by the Tilton Racing Evo was broken this year by Tim Slade in the Hammerhead Nissan Silvia S13 with 1.22.1920. In fact, the top 3 Pro Class cars broke the 2015 record. It just goes to show how tight this year’s competition was.

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Barton Mawer finished in 2nd place with a best time of 1:23.0380 in team RP 968’s Porsche 968.

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Under Suzuki finished in 3rd place with a time of 1:23.1310 in the Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia S15.

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Congratulations to Nathan Morcom and Matt Longhurst for breaking the Open Class record of 1:30.

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After chasing Time Attack cars each day, there was nothing better than watching the International Drift Challenge entrants pour out of the sunset.

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Drifting saw a fair few entrants including the one and only Mad Mike with his Humbul, and Daigo with his wild Murcielago.

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Congratulations to Michael Rosenblatt for winning the International Drift Challenge.

Bonus Images:

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