Even immediately after the two-and-a-half calendar year gap in the Yokohama Planet Time Assault Challenge schedule, I immediately recognised virtually each individual entrant at the 2022 party.
I have tracked the expansion of most of the groups for close to a 10 years now, witnessing humble street racers renovate into really serious equipment able of when unfathomable lap situations. I’ve observed wings develop, electric power figures double or even triple, and I have found groups transition evening beers to late-night facts assessments. This function has become a breeding floor for amazing cars and trucks, and at Sydney Motorsport Park a few of weekend’s again, two these kinds of creations really stood out to me.
Very first up, the Dream Job S15…
I’d occur throughout this Nissan Silvia at former gatherings, but it didn’t glimpse nearly anything like this. For 2022, it was sporting fresh carbon fibre on every single corner and packed a billet SR20DET that I’m told can pump out 900hp.
Severely, every single inch of this equipment seems to be effectively thought out and cleverly executed. Just check out out that translucent blue pearl above the carbon.
The S15 was easily of the most effective-offered and most capable-searching vehicles at the event, but the coolest matter is that all the physique plugs and moulds were created in the residence garage of the Nissan’s owner, Charles Warland. The kit and aero began off as hand-drawn designs from ex-McLaren F1 engineer Barry Lock and developed from there.
2022 was the team’s second attempt at the WTAC Open Class crown. Rob Nguyen, who some of you will surely don’t forget for his phenomenal 101 Motorsport ‘Mighty Mouse’ Honda CRX back in the day, steered the S15 to third spot on the course podium in 2019. Getting a tiny back story from the Queensland group, just generating it to WTAC this calendar year was a challenge in alone.
Taming a 900hp rear-wheel push car is no quick feat, but the team believes a Nissan S-chassis run by a billet SR20 is a profitable mixture. Unfortunately, the last several months direct-up to the event were being also some of Australia’s wettest on document, and that performed havoc with their screening and prepared development programme, as it would have for other people no doubt much too.
When the dust settled at SMSP, it had been a tough function for the Desire Task S15 staff who were being hampered by chassis and mechanical problems throughout. Rob’s finest lap? A 1:31.0010, which let us be genuine is not slow, but there is a large amount far more to occur. I’ll undoubtedly be seeing this a person at WTAC 2023.
Following up, the GotItRex GC8…
It is been a long time due to the fact a local team joined the WTAC Pro Class ranks, but 2022 welcomed Melbourne-based Subaru specialists GotItRex and their wild Impreza WRX STI Kind R.
Prior to WTAC, the GotItRex crew had a active few months prepping this motor vehicle and four other staff devices for Australia’s SubiNats (aka Subaru Nationals). Their ‘DIY’ WRX took outright honours at the event, and the other autos picked up a string of firsts and seconds in their respective lessons. While I’m not jealous of the function the gang ought to have put in to get all five cars and trucks ready to compete a fortnight later on at the Planet Time Assault Obstacle, I am undoubtedly happy they produced it back again up to Sydney.
Their Pro Class hefty-hitter was piloted by seasoned wheelman Nathan Antunes, with a simple intention: To come to be the swiftest outright Subaru at Sydney Motorsport Park. The motor vehicle surely has the report in it and the staff pushed tough, creating beneficial changes amongst each session even though also repairing some of the struggle scars this observe inflicts on the ultra swift.
The mother nature of time attack racing prevented a new report getting realised this yr however. When most people today only visualise the race against the stopwatch, pit lane is another fight where by campaigns can be gained or misplaced.
Periods are brief and constrained and each individual next counts – especially when one thing goes even the slightest bit erroneous. The team just arrived up shorter against the clock.
If there was a trophy for the most laps at a time assault occasion although, these fellas would have smashed the opposition. They ended up also the only staff capable to generate just about every vehicle in their fleet out of pit lane at the conclude of the night time.
Time will notify if the GotItRex staff will be again for another report attempt, but my instincts tell me this is not the past we’ll see of them at the Planet Time Attack Challenge.