World Time Attack Challenge 2017 Is On
An Early Start

The Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge might not kick off officially until Friday morning local time in Sydney, but believe me when I say that the competition is already well underway.

Over the past few years, Thursday’s practice days have increased both in the number of competitors present and importance to WTAC victory. I’ve watched this pre-event shakedown go from hijacking private track days to what it is now, which is hard to differentiate from the competition days.

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The track was hot and the cars were being pushed to breaking point – sometimes beyond. 24 hours out from the official start of the event, pit lane was already alive with action as teams either scrambled to repair the carnage of previous sessions, or completed last-minute revisions. The only real difference to the actual event is Trader Alley where the cool merchandise and parts we’d normally drool over was still reminiscent of a construction site.

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Over the last few years, the World Time Attack Challenge’s practice day has earned the affectionate nickname ‘National Hand Grenade Day.’ And for good reason too; in the past, many teams have blown engines or worse. Aside from a major car fire which the driver thankfully walked away from unharmed, WTAC 2017 has had a low mechanical carnage rate so far.

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That means that teams are either more prepared than they have been in previous years, or that we should expect a whole heap of extra action at the track over the next couple of days.

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With more international teams than ever before and a larger number of iconic cars on display, the stage has been set for an absolute spectacle.

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Teams are pushing themselves and their machinery harder than I’ve ever seen before, and the stopwatch hasn’t even officially starting ticking yet. 2017 is going to be a massive year, and lap records will likely fall.

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While none of us will get to experience the thrill of compeititon from the driver’s seat, let’s hold our own competition here. Drop a comment with your 2017 WTAC predictions for lap times and winning teams, or if you’re really confident, both!

Matthew Everingham
Instagram: matthew_everingham
matt@mattheweveringham.com

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1

Is there anywhere to see video coverage for this? I need to hear the pops, bangs, and turbo wooshes lol

2

Livestream starts at 3:30 PM PST today!

3

I believe it gets live streamed on youtube so you should be able to watch it all there!

4

It's being live streamed on their website

5

The first pic I thought someone brought a Cummins diesel powered race car to the track.
*Scrolled down* Oh, dear. That poor Levin...

6

The Levin is getting a wash.

7

--- Oh wait, that Levin is fine, looks like I have some serious problems with my eyes...(LOL)

8

That Levin is Tsuchiya's N2 car. I would be devastated if it was the car that caught fire!

9

More Pics of that ZN chassis please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10

Is that an 86 with an ITB equiped v10?!
I request a feature.

11

V10 from a BMW M5

12

I want to see more about the BRZ/FRS with what looks like a V10 crammed into the engine bay.

13

GOD DAMNIT! Don't scare me like that. I thought Tsuchiya's TRD Levin burned down for a second. But no, it was just being washed, haha. Talking about that, could we get more pictures of the car in-action? I need this wallpaper in my life. As for the bets, I'm really divided between MCA's S13 and Suzuki's s15. I have really high hopes for the latter. Just how much has he been fighting for a win, now? Nobody remembers 2nd place, so get a win.

14

I'll take as much coverage as you guys can dish out. This is THE event of the year in my book.

15

Is there anywhere where we could find what are the different classes?
Different level of aero modification could be spotted on the picture and I'm curious to know where wich one go (I presumed there's also a story of power).

P.S.: love the STp/Taisan red R32

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Matthew Everingham

Worldtimeattack website has class info

17

really good coverage Matthew, thank you for sharing.

Author18
Matthew Everingham

Thank you for reading! One more exciting day to go!

19

Wonderful pictures.

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foxboyhunter@instagram(DarkShadowFox)

didnt this title say its on like donkey kong?

:D?

21

Has Dimmack's boys got there with their 240Z?

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Matthew Everingham

Yes! They arrived and literally rolled off the trailer minutes before qualifying. We'll be catching up with Dimmack and his GT-Z today.

23

There's something so cool about Tsuchiya and that green race suit of his.. It's so cool to see him out there, doing what loves, even after being "retired" for so long.
Also, it's interesting that KT/his team decided to add all the aero to the car.. I remember watching the old N2 Hot Version battles, and seeing Tsuchiya finally win one of them, despite the many cars that were running GT wings. I wonder how much quicker he'll be around Tsukuba now?

Hope to see some more pictures of the N2 86 in the WTAC coverage.

24

This is the issue with WTAC currently. 'National hand grenade day'. Saturday is the biggest day, spectator wise. The day I went, for the 6th year running. Out of all the entrants, I saw about 50% running. The tickets are almost double the price, than for the Friday practice day.
This isn't fair trading by WTAC. If it wants to be taken seriously, this needs to change.

25

My prediction is a tense battle between the GC8, the Onevia " Hammerhead", one of those crazy EVO IX

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