Malcolm Flynn | Aug 13, 2012

Australian teams bested all-comers at the weekend's World Time Attack Challenge, keeping all three podium spots from their US and Japanese competition.

Warren Luff’s winning Nemo Racing Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII took nearly four seconds off last year’s winning time, recording a best lap of 1:25.0200 on the Saturday.

Luff had earlier substantiated the hype surrounding the wildly modified car’s debut, setting a 1:25.7400 lap on Friday.

Second overall was fellow Pro Class runner Garth Walden in the Tilton Interiors Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, recording a 1:27.1820 for the ACT-based team.

Overall third place went to the modestly funded MCA Suspension Nissan Silvia, with NZ driver Earl Bamber recording a 1:27.8080.

This year’s podium result follows a surprise 10th placing in 2011 for the Queensland-based team, proving that neither a big budget or all-wheel drive are necessary to compete in the Pro Class.

The top four overall placings beat last year’s 1:28.8510 record time set by the Japanese CyberEvo team, who this year failed to record any times after mechanical dramas that culminated in an engine fire.

The event's top-ranked international team was the Japanese Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia, with ‘Under’ Suzuki recording a fourth best 1:28.3290.

The overall reduction in lap times came as no surprise given the recent improvements to the renamed Sydney Motorsport Park, with drivers estimating a 0.5 second improvement due to the straightened approach to Turn 7.

Nemo Racing’s near-four second smashing of the lap record exceeded all expectations though, delighting thousands of spectators there to witness it.

 

Results - Pro Class

1 - 1:25.0200 Nemo Racing (AUS) W. Luff Mitsubishi Evo 9
2 - 1:27.1820 Tilton Interiors (AUS) G. Walden Mitsubishi Evo 9
3 - 1:27.8080 MCA Suspension (AUS) E. Bamber Nissan S13
4 - 1:28.3290 Scorch Racing (JAP) U. Suzuki Nissan S15
5 - 1:29.0520 Team Top Fuel/Voltex (JAP) N. Taniguchi Honda S2000
6 - 1:29.8020 RE Amemiya (JAP) N. Taniguchi Mazda RX7
7 - 1:30.7732 Advan Hi Octane Racing (AUS) M. Berry Nissan R34 GTR
8 - 1:30.8640 Pulse Racing (AUS) S. Glenney Mitsubishi Evo 9
9 - 1:32.4470 Notaras Motorsport (AUS) R. Bates Mitsubishi Evo 9
10 - 1:33.4118 Team RevolutioNZ (NZ) J. Winslow Mitsubishi Evo 9
11 - 1:34.7810 Just Jap ATTKD Select (AUS) M. Kinoshita Nissan R35 GTR
12 - 1:35.4540 Redbrick Racing (UK) G. Lloyd Mitsubishi Evo 9
13 - 1:35.5750 PanSpeed (JAP) N. Hattori Mazda RX8
14 - 1:48.7820 Xspec Motorsport (UK) A. Thompson Subaru WRX
15 - NOT RUN Cyber Evo (JAP) E. Yamada Mitsubishi Evo 9
16 - NOT RUN Prep’d Motorsport (AUS) W. Luff Lotus Exige GT3

 

Results - Open Class

1 - 1:30.7260 Dominator Evo Steve Glenney Lancer Evo 6
2 - 1:33.4840 Chasers Motorworks A. Hamdan Mitsubishi Evo 6
3 - 1:34.0910 Hankook Morpowa B.Trenwith Mazda RX7
4 - 1:34.2750 Andrew Sutton A. Sutton W. Sutton Nissan S15
5 - 1:34.3470 V-Sport R. Bates Mitsubishi Evo 10
6 - 1:34.6620 Hi Octane Racing M. Berry Nissan R32 GTR
7 - 1:35.1260 101 Motorsport R. Nguyen Honda CRX
8 - 1:35.4760 Topstage Composites A. Newton Nissan R32 GTS-T
9 - 1:35.6080 Piazza Doro Espresso N. Kalis Mitsubishi Evo 9
10 - 1:35.7760 Mick Sigsworth M. Sigsworth Mitsubishi Evo 9
11 - 1:36.2510 Insight Motorsports J. Boston Honda S2000
12 - 1:36.7870 BYP Racing B. Tran Honda Civic
13 - 1:36.8770 Jason Naidoo J. Naidoo Mitsubishi Evo 8
14 - 1:36.9540 Notaras Motorsport L. Granger Mitsubishi Evo 7
15 - 1:37.1610 Motive DVD A. HawkinsJ. Boston Nissan S14
16 - 1:37.1950 Southern Motorworks J. Boston Lotus Exige
17 - 1:37.2230 PSR Tuning D. Shiu Lancer Evo 7
18 - 1:37.3140 Allstar Garage Hippo Creek F. Esterbauer Lancer Evo 9
19 - 1:37.3560 Autech Engineering J. Wright Subaru WRX
20 - 1:38.5710 Russell Cunningham R. Cunningham Nissan R32 GTS-T
21 - 1:39.5530 Croydon Racing Developments D. Hall Nissan R34 GTR
22 - 1:39.7840 Ultimate Tunes J. Hart Subaru WRX
23 - 1:39.9370 STZ Automotive M. Horvath Mazda RX7
24 - 1:39.9390 Mitchell Abrahall M. Abrahall Mazda RX7
25 - 1:41.1840 Michael Bieshaar J. Boston Honda Civic
26 - 1:41.8510 Jason Luxon J. Luxon Nissan 180SX
27 - 1:41.8920 Wright 1 Motorsport J. Wright Subaru WRX
28 - 1:41.9180 Troy Fraser T. Fraser Nissan S15
29 - 1:42.0300 Trent Levi S. Podelewski Mazda RX7
30 - 1:42.2720 Adaptronic R. Shaw Mazda MX5
31 - 1:42.2860 Bright Print Group C. Burgess Nissan R32 GTR
32 - 1:42.3970 Tilton Interiors L. Ryall Honda Civic
33 - 1:42.4080 Drew Blackwell D. Blackwell Mazda RX7
34 - 1:43.0870 Mark Rundle M. Rundle Mitsubishi Evo 8
35 - 1:43.2610 Steve Knight Racetech S. Knight Mitsubishi Evo 7
36 - 1:43.3300 Topstage Composites J. Dorrington Mazda RX7
37 - 1:43.7870 Pro Concept J. Yick Nissan S15
38 - 1:45.7770 Andrew Collins A. Collins Toyota Levin
39 - 1:46.1990 AVO Turbo J. Clements Holden Commodore
40 - 1:46.2720 Allstar Garage Hippo Creek G. Simpson Lancer Evo 9
41 - 1:46.7350 Uber Motorsport A. Quinn Mitsubishi Evo 10
42 - 1:48.7330 MFactory Adrian’s Secret Squirrel L. Thio Honda Integra
43 - 1:50.7648 Bright Print Group A. Burgess Mazda RX-7
44 - 1:50.9410 Ryan Bestulic R. Bestulic Nissan Pulsar
45 - 1:51.9220 Euro Automotive S. Najder VW Golf R32
46 - 1:54.6780 Pulse Racing S. Glenney Subaru WRX
47 - NOT RUN Revzone G. Whenn Mitsubishi Evo 2
48 - NOT RUN SX Developments J. Anderson Nissan S15
49 - NOT RUN Pro Concept T. Kim Lotus Elise
50 - NOT RUN Danh Tran D. Tran Nissan R32 GTR
51 - NOT RUN Cosmic Performance P. Fuller Subaru WRX

 

Results - Clubsprint Class

1 - 1:38.8600 Scorpion AWD N. Scott Subaru WRX
2 - 1:40.1610 IS Motor Racing/Royal Purple Oils D. Farquhar Lancer Evo 8
3 - 1:40.2530 Road Track Rally D. Morice Lancer Evo 10
4 - 1:41.1690 Harrop B. Schoots Corvette Z06
5 - 1:41.2450 Whiteline Performance M. Tomaszewski Nissan R35 GTR
6 - 1:42.1130 Hairy Lemon R. Gooley Lancer Evo 6
7 - 1:42.2610 Fulcrum Suspension S. Faulks Subaru WRX
8 - 1:42.4110 NA Autosports N. Ashwin Lancer Evo 6
9 - 1:43.3850 Anton Jones A. Jones Toyota Supra
10 - 1:45.2240 John Richardson J. Richardson Nissan R33 GTS-T
11 - 1:45.2950 IS Motor Racing C. Tiqui Lancer Evo 9
12 - 1:46.0770 Gorilla Industries S. Standley Toyota Supra
13 - 1:46.5220 Tunehouse Racing N. Halstead Subaru WRX
14 - 1:47.6730 Pulse Racing N. Adams Nissan R33 GTR
15 - 1:47.7050 Tunehouse Racing David Lord Subaru WRX
16 - 1:48.5300 Justin Gaujenieks J. Gaujenieks Lancer Evo 7
17 - 1:49.1510 Nichols Williams N. Williams Toyota Supra
18 - 1:49.3490 IS Motor Racing/Bing Lee D. Steinwede Lancer Evo 8
19 - 1:49.4360 GCG Turbos G. Stewart Subaru WRX
20 - 1:51.1780 Saba Hanania S. Hanania Mercedes C63
21 - 1:51.4470 Japlink Motors A. Mckie Lancer Evo 5
22 - 1:51.9220 Russell Thomas R. Thomas Subaru WRX
23 - NOT RUN Scott Stewart S. Stewart Lancer Evo 6
24 - NOT RUN Tunehouse Racing F. George Subaru WRX
25 - NOT RUN Andrew Richmond A. Richmond Nissan R35 GTR