Wow what a year! World Time Attack Challenge has once again put on a great show for everyone and without a doubt was its biggest year yet. V-Sport has a long standing involvement with World Time Attack Challenge and this year was no different with the V-Sport Open Class. Sharing a trade display with Endless, having our official store open along with running 3 cars in the V-Sport Open Class and 1 car in the Clubsprint class 2015 was a big year for V-Sport.
The V-Sport Open Class is always one to watch, the competition is always fierce and innovation and quality of the car builds is always great to see and this year was no difference. A clear indication of that is the surprise upset from the guys at JDM Yard and their Honda Civic piloted by Adam Casmiri taking out first place. These guys have put in a lot of time and effort on the car and were always being spotted out testing prior to the event and it has paid off for them. In hot pursuit of the JDM Yard Civic was the legendary Tarzan Yamada behind the wheel of the Revzone Evo, Tarzan always puts on a good show and gives it 100% and he didn’t disappoint missing out on 1st place by just .016 of a second.
With 4 cars to look after, 3 of which were running in the Open Class the V-Sport Workshop team were set for a busy weekend. Long-time customer Nik Kalis in his Evo 9 has been competing at WTAC since the very first event in 2010. Nik’s car has seen a lot of changes over the years and this year’s changes focused mainly on aerodynamics, with a completely new front end design. Nik had looked strong in testing leading up the event and was set to have a solid showing come the weekend. Unfortunately Nik suffered a component failure during practise on Thursday which sidelined him for all of the Friday sessions while we got new parts and fitted them to the car and made sure Nik was ready to go come Saturday morning. Nik was keen to get going on Saturday in the 2nd session he stopped the clock at 1:32.8 which due to some other cars having mechanical issues got him into the afternoon shootout. With a few changes made to the car Nik was ready to hit the track and see what he could do about getting onto the podium, unfortunately mother nature intervened leaving Nik in 6th place.
Another V-sport Open Class competitor we were looking after was the Minidisc Evo 8 driven by Kim Tai, this car has had a number of changes made to it in the V-Sport workshop in the lead up to this year’s event. A new weld in roll cage was fitted to replace the bolt in one used last year along with a sequential gearbox just to name a few. Unfortunately for Kim the car suffered an engine failure on the Thursday practice but the Minidisc team got to work to find a new short block and have it delivered to the V-Sport workshop on Friday where the V-Sport crew spent an all nighter getting the car ready for Saturday. The car rolled off the Dyno on Saturday morning and was ready to go for Saturdays competition. The best time Kim could manage with the new setup on the car and very limited laps was a 1:34.6, this car and driver combination has a great deal more in it and we look forward to helping Kim achieve his goals with the car in the future.
The biggest adventure for the team at V-Sport this year was the ground up build of our Toyota 86 “Timmy”. Built completely in house Timmy is a showpiece of what the V-sport Workshop is capable of and only the best parts from the extensive V-Sport range were used along the way. Everything from the chassis work to the bodywork was done in house at V-Sport. The car still retains the FA20 engine but is fitted with a custom turbo kit using a Borg Warner EFR Turbocharger, still at the standard 2L capacity but with forged rods and pistons. The car is running a Samsonas Sequential Gearbox, AP Racing Pedal box along with an AP Racing brake setup custom designed in house at V-Sport.
Running this car at WTAC 2015 was a great achievement for all involved, the car ran flawlessly all weekend and everybody was impressed by the quality of the build. With a best time of 1:34.5 on its maiden event we are happy with the results, it is now time to get a bunch more testing done and start preparing for WTAC 2016 in the hope of a podium finish in the Open Class. You can follow our Vlog of the build of Timmy in the lead up to WTAC 2015 on our website here V-Sport
Be sure to keep an eye out for Timmy at upcoming events as we plan to get him out as much as possible in the future.
This year saw our first entry into the clubpsprint class with the ROH wheels Toyota 86 driven by V-Sport’s own, John Healey. The ROH car has also had a number of changes in the lead up to this year’s event, a new engine setup using a Borg Warner EFR turbo was fitted along with new suspension and some safety equipment. John managed to lay down a solid 1:42.9 on Friday in the hot conditions, the setup on the car was tweaked and ready to go for the expected cooler conditions on Saturday. The car suffered a cracked header in the first session on Saturday which ended that session for us, the V-Sport team quickly got it fixed and had the car ready for the next session but unfortunately John was unable to better his time.
With another successful WTAC campaign done and dusted for another year we are looking forward to next year’s event and are already in preparation. From the whole team at V-Sport we would like to congratulate all competitors involved and spectators who make this event what it is, we hope you enjoyed the event and hope to see you again next year!