To say the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge 2018 presented by Track Warrior has been arduous for Dale Malone so far would be an understatement.

His Nismo Super GT struck engine dramas practicing in the lead-up to the event and the DM Motorsport team had to build a new SR20 Turbo engine, virtually from the ground up.

“We had a head gasket failure which basically cooked the block. So we have had to machine a new one. The engine is a SR20 – a GT cast, not a road one but from the same family,” he said.

“We arrived back at the track last night and so far have only done one lap to see if everything was working okay. It doesn’t have the pace of Kosta’s (Pohorukov) car, but I think there is a mid-29 in it . . . if all goes well.”

Dale Malone expects big things from the #7 DM Motorsport Nismo Super GT this afternoon

The car is a Nissan Silvia chassis with carbo fibre and composite Super GT panels and Dale is looking to get a Royal Purple Pro Am podium place and at best, a possible second in class.

Following two sessions this morning, this afternoon will host one further timed session for the V-Sport Clubsprint and Link ECU Open Classes and two sessions for the Royal Purple Pro Am and Royal Purple Pro Classes, ahead of the Nulon Superlap Shootout for the top five of each class from 3.50pm to 4.45pm.

Following the crowning of the WTAC Winner for the Royal Purple Pro class and the WTAC Class Champions for the V-Sport Clubsprint, Link ECU Open and Royal Purple Pro AM classes with a special presentation at 4.50pm, the conclusion of the International Drifting Cup presented by Garrett Advancing Motion will kick off from 5.30pm. For a full event schedule, please click here.

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