Going from strength to strength since it’s inception, the 2014 event proved to be no exception, drawing large crowds, international teams, and nail-biting intensity, all the way down to the final shootout. With representation from New Zealand, Japan and the USA, the event has risen to prominence on the international calendar, as well as V-Sport’s. While most of the focus is on the Pro Class and the famous teams it attracts, for us, the V-Sport Open Class takes the cake. For several years, V-Sport have worked alongside many teams in the class, and were delighted to see podium spots and PBs go to our V-Sport customers. Let’s take a closer look at how the weekend panned out for the Open Class contenders…
Steve Ka and Dean Lillie brought home the Powertune Nissan R34 GT-R in first place in the last few minutes of the shootout. Steve has been developing his car for many years, and finally reaped the rewards of all this effort. V-Sport are thrilled to see this car on top of the podium, assisting Steve with parts and advice in the lead up to the event, which we’ll bring you more on later.
Second place again went to Dean Lillie, driving another Powertune GT-R, this time in the ‘Lightning McQueen’ inspired Nissan R32 owned by Denis Resi. Less than half a second separated the top podium spots, coming down to the wire in the final shootout session. V-Sport supplied Dean’s Stilo ST4WGT helmet for the event, and HAWK performance brake pads for both of the Powertune GT-R.
John Boston and the Road Track Rally Mitsubishi Evo X clinched the final podium spot, somewhat unexpectedly after the disqualification of Japan’s Tarzan Yamada, in the Carbon Plus Evo. Stepping up from Clubsprint in 2013, the team were elated with the progress they’ve made with the car, and their outcome for the weekend.
In our fourth year sponsoring the event, V-Sport’s workshop prepared and ran two Open Class Mitsubishi Evolution Lancers. Kim Tai in the MiniDisc Evo came to the event fairly unknown. This was Kim’s first time, and the car was a new build. Surprising everyone, Kim consistently set impressive times in the 1:33 region. We can expect to see big things from Kim and the Mini Disc Racing team in the future, with talk of upgrades are already underway.
Looking to spread the World Time Attack fever and bring fans closer to the sport, V-Sport, in conjunction with Royal Purple, held an exclusive VIP Pit Tour on both the Friday and Saturday. Only the most dedicated WTAC fans were selected, after a call for expressions of interest went out on our Facebook page. Starting at V-Sport’s Official Sydney Motorsport Park Store, groups were taken to the Royal Purple Oil Stars Garage, and treated to an inside look at the teams as they worked, while receiving special talks from Pro Class winner Garth Walden, and previous Open Class winner Nik Kalis. Wrapping up with photos and gift bags from Royal Purple’s models, guests soaked up the unique experience, leaving with a greater understanding and appreciation of everything that goes in to the sport.
In addition to our VIP Pit Tour, V-Sport also held an Facebook competition to win a drift ute ride with Australia’s No.1 action sports athlete, Matty Mingay from the HotWheels Stunt Team. Fans were asked to caption a photo of Matty drifting the Hot Wheels ute, with Matty choosing the funniest entrants to jump in the passenger seat as he performed drift demonstrations around Sydney Motorsport Park. Both Pat and Vinnie came back wearing big grins, albeit a tad speechless. It’s fair to say Matty gave them the ride of their life!
The competitions don’t end there though, with V-Sport offering a $500 voucher for the best photo taken at World Time Attack. Open to all accredited media, for further info please email email@example.com, and connect with us using the tag: #WTACINAMOMENT.
On behalf of the whole V-Sport team, we would like to thank all those who joined us for the 2014 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, especially our V-Sport Open Class teams. A special mention to Royal Purple’s Garth Walden and the Tilton Interiors team, taking the fastest time across the weekend in a phenomenal shootout effort, ensuring the WTAC title remains in Australia. We look forward to seeing you all again next year, for a bigger and better WTAC.