17 September 2012
The 2012 Edition of the World Time Attack Challenge 2012 took place on August 10-11 at Sydney Motorsport Park (formerly Eastern Creek Raceway). Teams from England, New Zealand and Japan joined the Australians in their quest for the lowest track time. The event attracted amateur and professional teams competing with popular road cars that are highly modified (some beyond recognition) for this purpose.
Hard-hitting teams from Japan – RE Amemiya and Top Fuel – employed Nobuteru Taniguchi to pilot their repestive Mazda RX-7 and Honda S2000 while Panspeed enlisted another highly-experienced Japanese pro driver Naoki Hattori to drive its howling normally-aspirated RX-8. Last year's winners, Cyber Evo, placed Tarzan Yamada at the wheel once more to attempt world acclaim.
In addition to the air slicing, time-slaying machines shooting for outright glory, there were a number of support events. The Motul Turbo Legends race showcased some Group A Nissan GT-Rs and Nissan Skyline GTS-Rs along with the Group C Nissan Bluebird 910, multi-Australian Rally Championship-winning Celica GT-Four, a Carlos Sainz replica Corolla WRC car and an ex-Makkinen Ralliart Evo 3.
The Tectaloy Drift Challenge boasted some of the best drifters in the Asia-pacific region, notably; the legendary Team Orange from Japan brought its rear wheel drive-converted Impreza STi and Evo 7 with Kumakubo and Suenaga piloting the 500-hp tire shredders. A strong number of New Zealanders came across the sea to smoke up the Aussies as well.
A vast range of 150 cars were displayed as part of the MotoGraphics Show and Shine. From European to Japanese to American, 1970s Toyotas and Datsuns, JDM-style Silvias and Skylines, plus slammed Golfs and Civics – there was something for all car fans at the 2012 WTAC.