World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park for 2016
I didn’t make it out to World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park last year. So when I got to cover it this year, I jumped at the opportunity.
World Time Attack is just a bit different to the motorsport events I usually cover. There’s a lot of money invested in what are, well… were, essentially are road cars in the effort to smash out a single lap time. To the point where a car that started as a secondhand Nissan Silva, smashed the lap records of both Formula 3 and Formula Holden around the Sydney Motorsport Park Grand Prix Circuit layout.
There’s so much fine tuning in both the cars and the driving styles, that in an effort to put together the perfect lap that one of the teams I worked with over the weekend asked me to take photos at Turn 1 on Thursday’s practice day to provide feedback on how the car and the aero package was handling through the fastest corner on the track. It was interesting to see the changes and progression through out the day with the feedback I was giving and the changes the team were making to the car.
At the rate that the cars are increasing in speed. If the conditions are right next year, Nico Hulkenburg’s A1GP outright lap record of a 1.19.142 is in serious threat of being broken. That said though, these cars built for single lap pace and couldn’t repeat that over several laps.
Combine all that with some other cool cars, both road cars like the Pagani Huayra and race cars like the Nissan R88C Le Mans. Then add some drifting and car culture events. World Time Attack built up to one of the biggest events I’ve seen at Sydney Motorsport Park in a while. Definitely one of the largest crowds I’ve seen there since Top Gear Festival a couple of years ago.
My Favourite Photo from the World Time Attack Challenge
My favourite photos from World Time Attack was this one of Under Suzuki testing the track limits at the exit of the turn 9 hairpin (it might officially be turn 8 these days, but I still call it turn 9).
I like this one for two reasons. It gives a bit of a demonstration of the aero effect of these cars, a lot of effort has been put into the aerodynamics of these cars, particularly the Pro level cars like this one. But also this shot happened to be at a controversial moment during the event, where this lap was initially deleted because it was deemed that Under Suzuki had exceeded the track limits. Luckily for Suzuki-san the lap was reinstated as not all four wheels crossed the limits of the track.
Below is a collection of a few more favourite from throughout the event. I’ve also added a couple of extra ones to a small gallery on my Facebook page as well.
That’s it for me for World Time Attack for 2016, I’ll no doubt be at next years event. I’m back on the road in a couple of days for the Virgin Australia Supercars Gold Coast 600 and the final rounds of Porsche Carrera Cup and Formula 4.