The turnout for the 2014 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge was spectacular. With thousands of loyal time attack and drift fans flocking to Sydney Motorsport Park on their annual pilgrimage to see the best and the fastest cars in the world, it’s not hard to see why the event keeps growing in size and popularity. The pit area on Friday was buzzing. Could Under Suzuki’s now even more radical S15 take the title for Japan, or could reigning champs Tilton back up last year’s win with another trophy? Throw the MCA Hammerhead driven by V8Supercar racer Shane Van Gisbergen into the mix with some tough Pro-Am competitors and the outright winner was anyone’s guess.
The outright lead chopped and changed throughout the weekend, with it all coming down to the wire in the spectacular shootout during the dying light of Saturday. Garth Walden took the win with a time of 1:24.8412, setting a new lap record in the process, but all eyes were on Under Suzuki who crossed the line with a time of 1:24.8800 – only fractions of a second slower, that netted him not only second place, but also the undoubted title of People’s Champion. MCA Suspension rounded out the top three in Pro Class, with an also insanely fast time of 1:25.7090. For the third year an a row, we can proudly boast that the top three Pro Class cars at this year’s WTAC all use Turbosmart Products. Tilton Evo, Scorch S15, and MCA S13 are all Turbosmart equipped. Engineered to Win? You bet!
Other Turbosmart-equipped cars that scored big were the Powertune R32 and R34 that took out spots one and two in Open Class at the capable hands of driver Dean Lillie, while the Sutton Brothers Nissan S15 placed second in the Pro Am class with a very quick time of 1:30.4760.
This year saw the second running of the Turbosmart Flying 500, an event that we are proud to be naming rights sponsor of. The Turbosmart Flying 500 proved to be a crowd favourite packing the grand stand with punters eager to watch a group of insane tuner cars tear down the main straight. The winner was another Turbosmart-equipped car – Mercury Motorsports Nitto II driven by Trent Whyte to an absolutely insane top speed of 308kph.
Proving very popular over the weekend was our stand, as was our star promo-girl, Beccy, was crowned Miss Time Attack. That’s the second year we’ve taken that title. Without a doubt, to say Turbosmart once again absolutely owned the 2014 Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge would be an understatement!
We’ve always said WTAC is one of our favourite events, and 2014 was certainly no exception. See you next year!