At the World Time Attack Challenge held at Sydney Motorsport Park drivers from the four corners of the world took part in the weekend’s activities. Japan had several entrants to the race such as Scorch Racing (Nissan 200SX), Top Fuel (Honda S2000), RE Amemyia with all-round race car legend Nobuteru Taniguchi, at the wheel (Mazda RX-7) and Esprit (Honda NSX). Other competitors also made it from the United States, New Zealand and some as far as Europe as well as locals from all over Australia.
The Time Attack Challenge originated in Japan in the 1980s as a testing ground for street-tuned cars built by highly respected tuning companies to compete against each other. Participants have a short window of three 15 minute track sessions each day over the race weekend to produce their fastest single track time.
However if only it was that simple as the clock doesn’t stop during those 15 minutes, so if there is an incident on the track and the cars are called in, there is no additional time allocated. This means that there is a real urgency to get out on the track and post a fast lap as you never know if it will be the only lap time you get to record.
Nemo Racing destroyed the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge lap record in 2012, with an incredibly quick 1:25.0200 lap set by V8 Supercar driver Warren Luff. That lap record was more than two full seconds quicker than the best time set by Garth Walden in the Tilton Interiors Racing machine.
However 2013 was a different story when that question was answered by Garth Walden’s record breaking 1:24.8550 lap set on that Friday remained unbeaten throughout the race weekend.