Office Gossip: Nathan’s Choice For The V-Sport Open Class

/Office Gossip: Nathan’s Choice For The V-Sport Open Class
Only four days remain until the World Time Attack Challenge descends upon Sydney Motorsport Park, in what’s expected to be the event’s biggest year yet.  Last week we caught up with Chris to get his opinion on the V-Sport Open Class contenders. Today, we turn to Nathan Welland, who has a long history in the sport, and plenty of inside goss… 

Nathan, who do you think will take out the V-Sport Open Class for 2014? 

It’s hard to pick this year as there are a number of great cars with lots of potential in the Open field, but I think Steve Ka and his R34 GT-R will be at the top of the podium come Saturday afternoon.

What is it about this car  that makes it so competitive?

Steve’s car has been in the build and undergoing development for the past few years and continues to get faster and faster. Steve and his team have been refining the setup on the car over the last 6 months in preparation for WTAC, and going off their testing times they are definitely on the right track. The competition will be fierce but I think Steve is more than capable of getting a good lap out of the car and the car definitely has the ability to do what is required. This is definitely a car you will want to watch out for this year.
 
Why should people take your opinion over the other V-Sport experts? 

I wouldn’t call myself an expert but I have had quite a bit to do with WTAC over the years, and have seen a lot of these cars transform from your average track car into the Time Attack weapons we see at the track today. Plus, working in the performance car industry for 10 years mostly with these types of cars, I like to think I have a fairly good knowledge of what these cars should be capable of.
 
Why is the WTAC special to you?  

I have been involved with WTAC since its beginning. I was the event coordinator for the original Superlap events held at Oran Park in 2008 and 2009 before we moved it to Sydney Motorsport Park and took it to the world stage where I was coordinator for everything Time Attack related in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 events before moving to my new position with V-Sport. I am good friends with everyone involved in running the event and still help out with extra input when required. One of the things that makes this event great is the atmosphere and the people involved. A number of the competitors and their crews are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with. This, along with my strong love for anything Time Attack makes this the biggest event on my motorsport calendar.

 
 

 

To see the man behind the machine, check out this interview of Steve Ka here: http://vimeo.com/101219098

Want more pictures and info on Steve’s car? Australian automotive blog FlatShifting have been following Steve’s build. Connect with them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/flatshifting and their blog here:  http://www.flatshifting.com/

 
2016-10-22T02:32:20+10:00 October 13th, 2014|News|