Welcome Back, WTAC

As the sun sets over Sydney Motorsport Park tonight, mechanics toil, drivers scheme and photographers edit (and nurse their sunburn). We’re back for another year of Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, and the competition is as intense as ever.


Time attack really is a mad pursuit; cars have spent the last 12 months (or more) being developed, tested, broken and in some cases shipped across oceans to be here. WTAC has established itself as the time attack event to prove your chops, and this year teams from New Zealand, Japan, England and the USA have joined a strong Aussie contingent to put tyre to tarmac in the pursuit of one perfect lap.


Racing conditions are especially hot for this time of year. Track temps topped 60 degrees Celsius (140°F) after lunch, leading some teams to forfeit their later runs in order to conserve tyres and fragile engines. Tomorrow is expected to be even warmer, so we might see faster times limited by overheating tyres and boosted engines struggling to make peak power.


As always, all eyes are on this man, Under Suzuki, and his Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia S15. Things were looking good for the event veteran when he laid down a 1:25.85 lap, only 7/10ths of a second behind reigning champ Garth Waldon in the Tilton Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. However, Suzuki-san was towed back to the pits after the last session of the day with engine issues.


And let’s not forget a certain Porsche 968 – a new challenger has definitely appeared. The enormous rear wing failed in a morning session, but that didn’t stop the team from heading out to gather some data on this newly-developed vehicle. A 1.33 is well off the pace, but I’m expecting big things from the PR Technology team tomorrow.

This is just a quick update, but more will be coming to you shortly. I’m off to have a restoring ale and a solid rest before the main show kicks off tomorrow. You can check out the free livestream here.

Blake Jones
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Was a crazy hot day today.
Nice shots. Love the IS Motors evo.
That shot of the porsche looks like a videogame.
Well done blake!
Looking forward to more coverage as i cannot be there tomorrow.


couldn't make it this year and can't watch the live stream, so i'm living vicariously through face book and posts like these! great photo's mate, cant wait to see some more


Keen to see how everyone goes. Bit of a downer that the Japanese contingent is way down this year but the vibe is still good.


It was about time! I was looking forward to see this year's WTAC feature here!


I had a great day ot there today and grabbed some great photos but yeah dam it was hot! I am indeed nursing some sunburn! lol. Excellent day though.


I need a review of that Porsche 968 in my life...


I agree completely!


Finally something with at least 1 picture of an Evo in it


Looking forward to seeing some pictures of Kat Benson's Evo in action. She must be the only female competitor in WTAC


Tilton still reigns supreme! The JDMYard EG did so well too! Cant wait for the coverage since I wasnt able to make it this year.


That RX7 pictured was one of the best sounding cars I have ever heard!! Full noise down the straight, you could have mistaken it for a V8 F1 car.. Great event... tho my sunburn is lingering!!


@Stubsnz She was this year, there have been other female competitors in the past however.


Thommo It's something isn't it? It also looks sublime, in my completely unbiased fellow New Zealander opinion...


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