World Time Attack Challenge 2011: Day 1-Thursday Practice

by Martin Gonzales


We're back with another update from down-under. Today was the official World Time Attack Challenge practice day, but man was there a lot of activity at the track. The gates opened at 8:00am and we rolled in around 9:00, after adding yet another restaurant to our "do not visit" list. I just don't get it man, this is not a third world country so why the hell don't they ever toast buns here! So far I've had a hamburger, a chicken baggette and a chicken burger and they all had cold buns! What the deuce!?


Another small difference down under is coffee. Regular coffee is pretty much a cappuccino, so if you want plain coffee you need to order a "flat black".  Good luck finding creamer though - restaurants here don't have any!  After a few failed attempts Jeff got something he could tolerate - "flat white".  Which is just regular milk and coffee...it's growing on him.


But I digress, back to World Time Attack. By the time we got to the track this morning teams were already unloading, setting up shop and in great spirits. They must have heard the good news on the weather report calling for dry weather all weekend. As of just a couple days ago we were all preparing for some rain on Saturday. 


Nick, Greg and Marty from Turbosmart.  Greg is pulling double-duty as he is also our main World Time Attack contact - a testament to Turbosmart's commitment to supporting the industry!


One of the many tire rigs setting up shop.



Practice day morning and some teams were already tackling serious problems.  Like these guys who were swapping out a transmission.


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Thursday, August 04, 2011 8:33 AM
Holy aero batman!
Thursday, August 04, 2011 8:48 AM
The Revolution RX7, if we can call it that, it's a beautiful tube-chassis with a bunch of dry carbon fiber panels on.
Beautiful car, but it shouldn't be allowed in this event. The funny thing is, it's got only a 13b in it. Imagine the car with a 3 rotors or even a 26b :)

Keep the updates coming !

Oh, did you mention everyone hopped the aero game?
Thursday, August 04, 2011 8:53 AM
Sierra Sierra already faster than last year... and it's just pratice!? I am so excited and wish I could be there!
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Thursday, August 04, 2011 9:06 AM
Good Stuff Martin! Let's hope Christine saves something for the official lap times. Look at Eric over there breaking down the track data on the laptop, or finding you guys a place to eat :) PS Some scoop on those track Monaros would be nice :)
Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Thursday, August 04, 2011 9:54 AM
Disappointing that only one American team is there, but then again, Sierra Sierra is probably THE best American team.
Thursday, August 04, 2011 9:55 AM
I believe the local name for the pick-em-up cars is "ute". Subaru named their ute the Brumby in Australia. What an adorable name for a car!

I wish GST was there to compete against the Hankook Carbon WRX :(
Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:24 AM
The Pulse Racing Evo had some interesting tubular subframe something or other going on under the rear of the car.....

And man, what's up with the food! I guess you should just drink beer instead :)

Yeah, would have loved to see the GST Subie out there. I recall they were having oil system issues and I guess they couldn't get them sorted in time.
Thursday, August 04, 2011 11:47 AM
@ x01011000x: yep, they call them 'utes there. Silly Aussies.

Martin, just make sure you don't call everyone a "poofta". Won't go over well. ;-p
Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:06 PM
Any chance you guys could or would do another MotoIQ live radio at the event
Thursday, August 04, 2011 1:31 PM
Wow.. the Garage Revolution FD is running an exhaust blown diffuser.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:00 PM
The aero S chassis could have the wing further back. Would activate the diffuser better and have more of a moment arm on the rear wheels.

I hope Andrew comes on soon and comments.
Martin Gonzales
Martin Gonzaleslink
Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:41 PM
@ Henry - It's hard enough to do what we're doing as is. Do you want pics and features or do you want to hear us bore you for hours? ;)

@spdracerut - The Pulse Evo has custom front and rear sub-frames. We got a MotoIQ Sneak Peak of that car covered too, so more details to come.

@EVERYONE - It's nuts today! I can only wish that Americans had this much passion for motorsports. There are tons of people and vendors out here!
Mark F
Mark Flink
Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:58 PM
Man, you guys are getting the short end of the stick with regards to food. I never had this much trouble down there. In fact, it seemed like a delightful culinary experience when i was there.

Either way. Thank you all for the coverage. This is really exciting every year to watch and read.
Thursday, August 04, 2011 9:51 PM
@Dusty: I totally agree, although I would like to have seen the FXMD NSX and the GST Impreza make the trip too.
Friday, August 05, 2011 12:58 AM
Eastern Creek's 'Cafeteria' is a pretty poor example of food. In Sydney, trackside food is spoken of with a shudder.
Friday, August 05, 2011 3:57 AM
great coverage guys. i wonder if you can get some tight shots of the interesting aero down there.
Friday, August 05, 2011 7:01 AM
Results for Qualifying S1 are up.

Cyber Evo - 1:30:369
Garage Rev RX-7 1:30.616
Sierra Sierra Evo - 1:30.749

Martin Gonzales
Martin Gonzaleslink
Friday, August 05, 2011 7:08 AM
If you would've been following our FB feed you would've had that info yesterday. Obvi!

In case you missed the big red links at the end of the articles, here you again ;)

Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Friday, August 05, 2011 8:41 AM
Now that I know I can follow without actually joining Facebook, I'll pay more attention there Martin. I may have seen Sean's numbers on (cough, cough) another site earlier this morning but I'll keep a closer eye on what you got coming! How much more time does SSE have to try and break into the 1:29s? Let's go USA :)
Friday, August 05, 2011 10:50 AM
You can also follow on the WTAC website via there live timing

Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:06 AM
Some people can't get a FB feed at work. Its blocked by the filters. So.....

Anyway. Final results are up, and Cyber Evo #1, and SSE #2.
Andrew Brilliant
Andrew Brilliantlink
Sunday, August 07, 2011 4:20 AM
Mike, yah diffuser is extremely wing sensitive. Although if you dont have high end test methods its probably better to let it alone you can get nasty effects if you get it wrong.
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