As an established performance street and competition automotive specialist, V-Sport are involved in all aspects of competitive motorsport in Australia – from grassroots and club competition through to national and international events such as the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC), held annually at Sydney Motorsport Park since 2010.
In 2017 we return to SMSP to provide event support to the Global Aircraft Services Evo defending it’s 2016 Open Class Title, to see what Timmy can do with it’s new engine, and to show the fans of World Time Attack how the experienced staff of V-Sport can make street and track performance goals come to life. As the sponsor for the Clubsprint Class, we also offer support to competitors in the leadup to the event and scrutineering equipment across the weekend.
In 2016, our focus was on supporting and pitting for the Global Aircraft Services Mitsubishi Evo 9, which endurance driver Nathan Morcom piloted to first place in the Saturday shootout with a time of 1:29.2950s. This year we supported the G.A.S. team again, hoping to defend the title, but also bringing Timmy86 back into the equation with its new engine – the worked Nissan VK56DE that would be the biggest development of Timmy since the car’s inception.
When the official timing started on Friday, Morcom took early speed with a lap time that bested his 2016 time by the best part of a second. The car was running consistently, and while the team were conscious that the car is a dialed up to the limit of its reliability, there was confidence in the time and in Nathan to keep pushing the time down in search of that One Perfect Lap. See our facebook for his Friday hot lap. Saturday’s cool weather and lack of forecast rain weren’t enough to secure the win for Morcom and the G.A.S. team, however, with Adam Casmiri and the Hardrace Civic prying the top spot from us by three-quarters of a second – an immensly proud 2nd place result for Nathan & the G.A.S. team, who will be back for more in 2018.
Sporting a new GoPro livery and with the new Nissan Powerhouse installed, Timmy86 is back after taking 2016 off to be a display vehicle on our stand. Although our testing was limited in the leadup to the event, and a new aero package is being developed, things ran smoothly across the weekend and proved we are heading in the right direction, with lap times improving on what was possible with the turbocharged FA-20 engine that was previously providing the power. Having set at a 1:34.4s on Friday afternoon, the V-Sport team were keen to see how we could improve on Saturday, pending weather conditions.
Saturday’s sessions saw a half-second improvement on our lap time, with confidence that more time was there to be had – though the planets did not align, and a variety of factors meant we weren’t able to realise gains within the last session to make it to the shootout. We were glad to see the car run consistently all weekend, and excited to unlock more potential from the car now the new engine successfully in.
The V-Sport trade display at WTAC 2017 encompassed all the on-track elements of our business, from performance brake kits and components to Stilo Helmets, Sabelt race gear and equipment, along with supercar-inspired upgrades from TEKNO Performance, a track-modified datsun 1600 sedan and new Porsche GT4 road car.
From race seats, to steering wheels, tow straps, all types of brake pads and more – V-Sport are your one-stop-shop for race preparation at all levels of motorsport.
After the final session on Saturday, our time of 1:33.681s secured a 12th place result for 2017, and so we moved Timmy to the display stand for closer inspection by the public. Part of the intention with this build was to blur the lines between race car and show car – time attack cars are generally not known for their looks.
Taking the win in Pro Class by a half-second, Tim Slade piloted the AP Racing-equipped MCA Hammerhead S13 set a blistering time of 1:20.971s on Saturday, defending his 2016 title and demonstrating how fast the top end of time attack really is. This event sees the benchmark raised year after year, and V-Sport are proud to be supplying cars from across the competitive field with the products and service they need to perform at their best.