Barton Mawer once again proved to be a step ahead of the field throughout the tenth running of the World Time Attack, while it was over for Under before the challenge commenced.
Japanese Champion, Under Suzuki had high hopes for the 2019 WTA crown and arrived in Australia with a heavily revised Scorch Racing Silvia S15, the car complete with the latest aero and suspension package. However his challenge ended on Thursday when a suspect tyre failure pitched the black Silvia into the pit straight wall, the rear wing sent flying towards the pit lane as the car slid towards the old drag strip. Suzuki was shaken and missed the first day of competition as his crew worked frantically to repair and replace the right rear of the car. Despite reports that Suzuki may make a late appearance, the car was gradually stripped down for the trip home.
Garth Walden was another to encounter problems in the Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo. After a solid run into 3rd place on day 1, the team turned up the performance on the stealth grey Mitsubishi on Saturday morning. Walden began his flying lap only to have a right front tyre tear away the right guard in an explosive burst of carbon fibre on the run over the tunnel. The session was stopped moments after Andre Heimgartner sped over the carbon fibre shards as he began a flying lap.
Mawer went out and lowered his fastest time to record a new WTA record lap of 1:19.277. He tried to go even faster during the Superlap Shootout and set a new fastest first sector, but fell short as strong winds buffeted the final sectors of the circuit.
Cole Powelson finished shy of the podium in the LYFE Racing Nissan R35 GT-R, but was a true hero of the crowd in the car he shared with Rob ‘Chairslayer’ Parsons, a wheelchair bound athlete and race car driver who was absolutely elated to be running at the tenth edition of WTA. Their Nissan combined traditional pedals with hand controls that were designed to be fitted or removed in a little over 5 minutes, with simple technologies at just a fraction of the expense of those used by the likes of Alex Zanardi in Europe.
ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS
- Barton Mawer – 1:19.277 – RP968 Porsche 968
- Andre Heimgartner – 1:21.867 – MCA Hammerhead Nissan S13 Silvia
- Garth Walden – 1:23.856 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo
HI OCTANE DIRECT PRO AM CLASS
- Kostinken Pohurokov – 1:26.324 – Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evolution
- Sami Sivonen – 1:29.178 – R8 1:1 Audi R8
- Kunihoko Bando – 1:29.272 – B-Active Racing Toyota Soarer
GCG OPEN CLASS
- Brad Shiels – 1:28.114 – XTREME GT-R Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R
- Matt Longhurst – 1:28.736 – Integrated Motorsport Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
- Rob Nguyen – 1:29.174 – Dream Projects Australia Nissan S15 Silvia
HALTECH CLUBSPRINT CLASS
- Jamal Assaad 1:38.614 – Evolution Racing Spares Mitsubishi Evolution
- Brett Dickie – 1:38.824 – Elusive Racing Honda Integra
- Nik Kalis – 1:39.276 – Metropole Mitsubishi Evolution X
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