The Evolution Industries Porsche 944 piloted by Paul McKinnon finished Friday in second place in the Open Class with a time of 1:31.42. When I think time attack for some reason a 944 doesn't jump into my head, but these guys proved they can definitely be competitive.
Benny Tran in the BYP Racing Integra finished his Friday in third place in the Open Class with a time of 1:32.18. Proving just how diverse the Open Class field is. The top three cars were from different manufacturers, with completely different drivetrains. AWD Nissan R32, RWD Porsche 944 and a FWD Honda Integra.
And then towards the end of the day on Friday this happened!!!
The Tilton Evo experienced a power steering line failure that led to the engine bay fire. Thankfully Garth Walden was able to drive his car to the nearest corner worker station safely and put the fire out before any catastrophic damage occurred. The Tilton Interiors Evo best lap of the day was a 1:26.68 which was almost two seconds slower than their championship winning time in 2013, but it was still good enough for third place in the Pro Class.
The MCA “Hammerhead” Nissan S13 had a good showing on Friday, as Shane Van Gisbergen turned a 1:26.19. The fast lap was over a full second faster than the car's 2013 time and it left the team in second place in the Pro Class after one day of competition.
As the sun set and the first day of competition came to a close the 1:25.71 the Scorchin S15 set in the morning session would be good enough to leave Suzuki-san on the top of the Pro Class standings. BUT…in second place overall due to the amazing showing by the PMQ Racing Evo! The final day of competition would surely not disappoint time attack fans, as the stage was set for an exciting final battle. Come back tomorrow for our report of the final day of the 2014 WTAC.