WTAC 2014 – Competition Day 1 Coverage Presented by BorgWarner EFR
by Martin Gonzales
The World Time Attack Challenge has come a long way since its initial running back in 2008 when it was simply an Australian time attack event. WTAC has grown from a national event to one of the most anticipated time attack events in the world. The formula has been a very simple one, provide a venue and the means for the fastest time attack machines in the world to compete while giving fans a wide variety of motorsport related activities to enjoy. The level of competition at WTAC is on a completely different level than we're used to seeing in the states. Couple that with an extremely passionate fan base and there is no surprise why the WTAC has earned a permanent spot in our event calendar.
This year held an extra special place in our hearts as the ARK Designs BNR32 had actually made it to the right continent and we were all anxious to see how it would stack up. As reported in our Practice Day coverage, the ARK Designs BNR32 had been spending time at Hypertune and when we left the team on Thursday afternoon all signs were pointing to it being on track and competing.
During Thursday's practice it was apparent teams were not pushing their cars very hard and were simply using the day to shake down the cars and squash any “bugs” that reared their ugly heads at the last minute. Though cars like the Tilton Evo and Scorchin S15 turned some laps, it was difficult to gauge just how fast they would run during competition.
Though the Pro Class is the star of the show, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by not paying close attention to the other four classes at the WTAC. It is truly amazing to see just how efficient teams have been at maximizing the performance of their vehicles while remaining within their class' rule set.