So far we have brought you every possible aspect of the World Time Attack Challenge; the stalls, the show cars and of course the drifting from the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge. Considering the volume of things to see at such an event, we thought it would be appropriate to save the best for last; the Superlap Cars themselves. With drivers competing from all over the world with many different genres of car, this event certainly did not disappoint!
The World Time Attack Challenge is an event filled to the brim with a variety of car culture that could please any fanatic. With drift car, trade stands, show cars and of course the time attack cars themselves it is amazing that it all fits into only two days. What many overlook during WTAC, however, is the sea of equally impressive cars owned by the spectators of this very event. During our very busy weekend in Sydney, Cooper and I took some time to check out some of your cars, so here they are!
Each year, the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge is held alongside World Time Attack . Without fail, it brings the best of the best from all over Australia and New Zealand. This year, an absolute bombshell was dropped with the announcement of Japan’s legendary Team Orange drivers, Nobushige Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga, confirming entries to take a shot at the prestigious title.
With the large variety of things happening across the entire weekend at the World Time Attack Challenge held at Sydney Motorsport Park, it would be foolish to assume that all the action was restricted to the track. Parts displays, car shows, promo girls and of course the entire pit line up of both the World Time Attack Challenge and Tectaloy International Drift Challenge competitors was more than enough to keep us all busy. Who could get bored at an event of such excess!
Imagine standing in front of a cheering crowd, in a country entirely different from your own, holding a trophy high in the air after having just competed against some of the world’s best drifters. The cool night air chills the sweat running down your face, every limb is exhausted from a night of fierce competition, but you couldn’t care less because you just won the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge.
I would imagine for Naoto Suenaga, feelings similar to this may have been rushing through him on Saturday the 11th of August, 2012.
THE WORLD TIME ATTACK CHALLENGE
What an event! Some of the fastest cars in the world complemented with some of the best drifters in the world, surrounded by show cars and trade stalls, wrapped together with an amazing sense of community. This event truly is a great example of where our scene is headed, and I think I speak for all of us when I say, I like it! Here at Excitement! Car Magazine we have been flat out collecting all of our content since arriving back from Sydney. There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, but for now, we’re just going to give you a little taste of what you can look forward to…
The most amazing thing about traveling interstate for different events is the people you meet. While all the action for World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park was happening across the Friday and Saturday, the good lads at Zen Garage and 7Tune decided there would be no better way to spend their Thursday night than meeting up with like-minded people from across the world. Drivers, tuners, photographers and of course all round enthusiasts lined the walls of Zen Garage in Sydney.
WHAT A WEEKEND!
We have only just arrived back in Queensland after an absolutely insane couple of days filled with time attack cars, trade stalls and of course, drifting. While we have plenty of Superlap content to bring to you over the next few weeks, the highlight for me has to be Team Orange’s Suenaga and Kumakubo, who tore up the track all weekend.
We will bring you an overview of the entire of the event this weekend, but for now, here is a shot of the boys cruising through the last corner at handshake distance. E!CM
Normally I would only show you guys videos that have been contributed by the original creator, but having been following the progress of the formerly named Eastern Creek I had to make an exception for this. A good friend of mine, Tim Hamilton, brought this video to my attention this week of Jonathon Webb driving a Radical through newly named Sydney Motorsport Park.
The new section of corners looks incredibly tight and very technical; quite contrary to the rest of the track. I’m very eager to check out the new section in person later this year during WTAC, even if the Superlap cars don’t attack these corners during their laps.
I know I am! I have been itching to get back out to Eastern Creek since all the action last year. With the line up of cars both drift and Time Attack related the action is going to be even more insane this year!
Be sure to keep up with all the info on http://www.worldtimeattack.com and if haven’t got your tickets get in early:
I was very excited to hear this week that the Team Orange boys, both Kumakubo and Suenaga, will be competing in this years Tectaloy International Drift Challenge! While this isn’t the first time that a D1 driver has seen Australian tarmac, it will be the first time a Japanese D1 team will compete in Australia in their own cars.
The 2012 World Time Attack Challenge is shaping up to be a very awesome event which I am looking forward to more and more each day!
As we speak myself and the rest of the Excitement! Car Magazine are busy filling out media accreditation forms in order to get up to the World Time Attack Challenge again this year. We certainly cannot wait to get out there again to bring you guys some awesome content, so I hope you guys are looking forward to it too!
Be sure to check out the wallpaper section, I have just added a new wallpaper for you guys to download of a slightly oversteery Mercury Motorsport R35, enjoy!
We can’t wait for the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge to come around, so here’s just a bit of a teaser from last year.
I have created a new wallpaper for you guys to download, so check it out in our WALLPAPER section!
This has got to be one of, if not my favorite photo I have taken in all time so I am very happy to hand it over to you guys to grace your monitors. Let me know what you think!
Having only been in operation for half of the year, 2011 has been an incredible year for all of us at Excitement! Car Magazine!
In a very short time we have gained some very significant contributors who have been invaluable towards the success of the magazine. However, one of the greatest things that has helped us to point the magazine in the correct direction has been the feedback from you guys; the readers. We love to hear constructive criticism about the site so be sure to keep letting us know what you like and especially what you don’t like!
The next couple of months are going to be very exciting as more and more announcements are made for who will be entering the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge at Eastern Creek. It has just been announced that the RE Amemiya Hurricane RX-7 will Debut this year which should be very exciting to watch, particularly if the Pan Speed and Hancook RX-7 also enter the event.
As for me, I’m going to get back to per-emtively packing for this event despite it being several months away still!
Hey Guys, Check out my second photo I have submitted to the Automotive Photography Awards. I was quite hesitant at first to submit this image because I felt my original image was stronger, however I am very glad that I did.
Check it out here and like it on Facebook for us too!
On top of taking photos the entire Superlap weekend, I was also recording a few sounds from the event in order to create something special for you guys. This video brings together some of the still shots we took across the two days as well sounds from the cars, garages and people to give you a small glimpse of the atmosphere from the weekend.
Being such a Japanese and Drift orientated weekend, there were definitely some amazing cars parked around the track to take note of. A great example is this Team Sugoi S15 I spotted in the car park behind corner 5. The Work Meisters go perfectly with the tidy body that only has rear pods, skirts and a clean front bar.
There was a lot to look at on the World Time Attack Challenge weekend! Behind the pits was all manor of displays including the HKS stall with its famous ct230r, a huge variety of parts on display in different tents, and let’s not forget the promo girls!
A very tense atmosphere could be felt the entire weekend in the pits. Every driver and team had everything to prove. Problems ranging from fluid spills through to fires constantly kept each team on their toes. As I tried to tip toe my way through each pit without annoying anyone it could be seen that each team had no time for dicking around.
The drifting at the World Time Attack Challenge this year was incredible to watch with the best drifters from across Australia and New Zealand competing in the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge. Some really exciting cars had been brought over from New Zealand including Dynom Templeman’s Rx-7 which can barely be seen through the cloud of smoke from Curt Whittaker’s R34.
Just this weekend past I took a flight down to Sydney to cover the World Time Attack Challenge. Having missed out on last years first annual event, I was very eager to make my way down this year! With cars from Japan such as the Pan Speed Rx-7 and Cyber Evo competing against Australian, New Zealand and American cars it made for a very exciting event!
I’ve got a quick preview to show you guys what I have been up to on the weekend. I have been in Sydney since 7 am Friday to cover the World Time Attack Challenge at Eastern Creek Raceway. Having just got off the plane less than 2 hours ago I have been loading up and sorting through my shots from the weekend.
Here is one of my favorite shots of the Pan Speed FD RX-7 that I took just as the sun was going down on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after this it was announced that 2010′s winner, Tarzan Yamada, in the Cyber EVO had stuck again. More on this soon!