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Trackside: World Time Attack Challenge 2018

Time attack and drift fans turned out in droves despite the inclement weather. Alternating between wet and cold to hot and dry and then back to wet again, the weather, especially on Day 1, played havoc with the sessions forcing some teams to run all their sessions on a wet track. The sun came out on Saturday morning providing optimal track conditions for all morning and early afternoon sessions giving the competitors a chance to attack at full speed and the spectators to witness some of the fastest lap times to date.

The record-breaking streak at the annual World Time Attack Challenge continued this year with a string of PBs and class records though one in particular stood out for a couple of reasons.

The RP968’s blistering lap time of just 1:19.825 is not only the new WTAC record, it is also the first sub 1:20 WTAC lap time which puts the car and the driver in the time zone until now reserved for F1 and A1GP cars.

The Porsche also ended an 8-year dominance of Japanese cars at the top end of WTAC. With the Mitsubishi Evo dominating from 2010 until 2016 when MCA’s Nissan S13 took over the reigns.

Congratulations to the RP968 team and the driver, Barton Mower on this outstanding effort.

The Tilton Evo made a triumphant return to WTAC, this time in the Pro Am class and with the team owner, Kosta Pohorukov behind the wheel.

The pair proved more than capable of taking on the competition, setting a new class record of 1:24.630 adding yet another title to the team’s already impressive track record.

Disaster struck on the afternoon of Day 2 with Kosta losing control of the car going into Turn 1, flying through the run-off area and crashing into a wall. Kosta walked away from the accident with a broken rib and some bruising but the car’s damage was substantial.

Adam Casmiri secured a back-to-back win for the JDMYard team taking the Open Class honours with a 1:27.750 lap.

The Honda dominance of the lower classes continued in Clubsprint with Brett Dickie taking the win with a 1:38.756 lap in the Elusive Racing Honda Integra.

The International Drift Cup trophy went to Japan’s Naoki Nakamura who, on his debut appearance at WTAC, successfully took on and defeated the crop of local and international drift stars including Nob Taniguchi in an HKS Toyota 86.

The Flying 500 crown went to B2R Motorsport Nissan R32 GTR driven by Joshua Khoury.

Without a doubt, one of the event’s highlights was Keiichi Tsuchiya driving the  BDY Motorsport Toyota AE86 in the Open Class.

Anthony Shore’s Open Class Mazda RX8.

Anthony opted for a naturally aspirated, peripheral port 20B which resulted in big grins on the faces of the gathered rotary brethren.

The triple rotor is controlled by Haltech’s Elite 2500 ECU with an IQ3 dash displaying and logging all the data.

Topstage Composites debuted their new-look Silvia S14 in the Open Class.

With Cole Powelson behind the wheel, the car managed a respectable 1:33.563 before retiring with turbo issues.

The SR20 is controlled by Haltech’s Elite 2500.

Eiji ‘Tarzan’ Yamada piloted the classic REVspeed Auto Racing Nissan 350Z.

Dale Malone managed to get a couple of dry laps in the Haltech-powered DM Motorsport Nismo Super GT S15 and stopped the clock at 1:36.376.

WTAC virgin, Artemis Kazangas got his first taste of international level time attack in his Haltech-powered Mazda Rx7.

Danny Probert proved you don’t need a big, hairy V8 to be competitive in the drifting.

Danny’s classic XD Falcon is powered by a big Aussie straight six and controlled by a Haltech Elite ECU.

Canadian William Au-Yeung set a PB of 1:27.935 in Vibrant/PZtuning Honda Civic, securing him the runner-up spot in Pro Am.

And the winner is….

Seven lucky people walked away from the Haltech tent with cool prizes, including custom gear knobs from We Are Likewise, Nardi Steering Wheels and One Perfect Lap hardcover books signed by all the famous drivers.

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