Malcolm Flynn | Aug 8, 2012

The World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) returns to the recently renamed Sydney Motorsport Park this week.

One of the more unique events on Australia’s motorsport calendar, the Friday and Saturday schedule combines daytime Time Attack competition with evening drift challenges.

For the uninitiated, ‘Time Attack’ events see competitors completing one flying lap of a circuit, aiming to achieve the fastest lap time.

Vehicles typically feature wild aerodynamic, mechanical, and weight-reduction modifications, though still using road-legal semi-slick tyres.

WTAC is hailed as the largest Time Attack event in the world, and this year brings 93 competitors from Japan, the US, UK, and New Zealand, along with a host of local entries.

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Local entries include the return of the MCA Suspension Nissan Silvia - fielded by former Australian Rally Champion Murray Coote and his son Joshua - with a raft of improvements aimed at improving on their surprise 10th placing in 2011.

Queensland-based Project Nemo will debut its wild carbon fibre-bodied Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, with an elaborate aero package to help put more than 600kW to the ground.

Tuning house V-Sport will also compete, bringing what it claims to be Australia's fastest Mitsubishi Evo X to the event.

“We just tried to lightweight everything while still keeping the strength within the car. It’s a fine balance,” John Healey, V-Sport’s Sydney Manager, said.

“To further reduce weight, we’ve installed a floor mounted AP Pedal Box, lightweight Brembo competition brakes and a Racetech carbon fibre seat. The car should be 100-150 kgs lighter than it was last year. The biggest disadvantage compared to many other Time Attack EVOs is that early model EVOs are much lighter.”

The V-Sport Evo will be piloted by rally driver Nick Bates.

Overall winners of the last two WTAC’s, Japanese team CyberEvo, will attempt to claim their third straight victory and better their 2011 lap time of 1:28.8510 - nearly three seconds faster than the current V8 Supercar lap record.

Watch for TMR's coverage of the event next week.