Three days under the scorching Sydney sun didn’t do my skin any favours. If anything, it left me with a horrible shirt tan that will forever stain my summer image and probably take most of next year to even out (yep still there).
“Was it worth it though? Most definitely”
Bolting on another day from last year, the Yokohama Advan World Time Attack Challenge 2014 was now an epic 3 day event over the weekend. Time attack consumed the daytime schedule for the first two days whilst the drift events filled up the evening on the last two.
Utilising the same formula as previous years, there was plenty of vendor stands, trackside entertainment, show ‘n’ shine cars and eye candy to keep you occupied even when cars weren’t belting it around the track.
The introduction of the GTR class was new for 2014 which lured tuning big guns HKS and Top Secret to our shores. With Nob and Tarzan piloting the skylines respectively, the battle was well and truly on.
At the end there could only be one in the top spot and HKS reigned supremacy scraping through with just 0.8870 seconds ahead of it’s fierce rival. The car sounded as good as it looked, it was simply breathtaking hearing and watching it rocket around Sydney Motorsport Park.
Defending their title as WTAC champion in the revered PRO class, the Tilton Interiors Evo was back in full force with a host of new improvements.
So was the rest of the field, especially Under Suzuki who was determined to make it to the podium this year with significant aero and power upgrades.
The Nemo Auger 2012 winning team wasn’t present this year but no one missed them as other serious competitors like the MCA Suspension S13, Prepd Racing Lotus Exige, Insight S200, RE Amemiya RX7 and Top fuel S2000 brought their A game.
On the final laps of the day in shoot out, I can still remember that moment when the Scorch Racing S15 slotted into number one with it’s 1:24.8800 time.
S-chassis fans, Japanese supporters and Evo haters rejoiced everywhere. It was a done deal, Under Suzuki had secured time attack glory.
But trailing not so far behind the Silvia on the very same last lap of Pro class for 2014, the Tilton Interiors Evo screamed home with a 1:24.8412 putting it 0.0388 seconds in front of Under Suzuki’s machine.
It was an amazing moment, the air crackled with excitement and disbelief. Garth Walden really pulled something out of the hat last minute under pressure, proving again that they deserve to be on top.
The Pro-AM class this year sported an absolute cracker with Mick Sigsworth’s PMQ Evo 8 clocking in with an amazing 1:25.2760 time. Not only did he obliterate the rest of the field, but this time would have also placed him 3rd in the top Pro class!
Open class was the biggest WTAC competitive class again with 35+ entrants for 2014. Dean Lillie (driver of the BC Automotive R32 that won Open Class 2013) was busy this year at the helm of both Powertune Skylines securing a fairy tale win with both 1st and 2nd place.
In the Evo I mean Clubsprint class for 2014, the returning Royal Purple/IS Motoring Evo secured its first win!
The haze of smoke and littered scraps of rubber once again outlined the South Circuit of Sydney Motorsport Park for 2014. Formula D was back down under and had drift superstar Fredric Aasbo in tow this time around with his mental RSR FT-86. It looked like an uphill battle for the Aussies with the likes of Aasbo, Mad Mike & Orido battling for supremacy. But with any form of Motorsport, surprises can always turn the tides of battle.
The top three for 2014
If Time Attack or Formula Drift wasn’t enough already, there was plenty of other events and eye candy to keep you satisfied for another year.
And that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed reliving the 3 day experience. Let’s see what WTAC 2015 has in stall for us!
*All pictures produced by trak-life and the best that could be taken without a media pass.