With sunny skies greeting the teams on the first official day of practice, it was a hectic day for many of the team at Sydney Motorsport Park in the lead up to WTAC kicking off on Friday.
Warren Luff at the team MCA are very happy with their first day on the track, the car did a 1:23 on a soft tune, later in the afternoon on a new set of tyres Luiff managed a 1:22.04.
Team Principal Murray Coote is very pleased with his new driver this year, he has fitted in with the team very well. The Carbon brakes on the car are working well and they have a changed the diff from 3.5 to 3.3.1.
So times over the next few days should be very interesting to watch as the car.
Candian Will Au Yeung in his Honda Civic is happy with everything after today. For Will and the team its all about ticking boxes, such as driver development, collecting data on the car and learning the ins and outs of the car. New for this year is a change to paddle shift so Will has been getting his head around that. The team also plan to turn up the boost in future sessions.
John Boston in the Xtreme GTR did lots of testing to get the car set up right. Boston is referred to as the set up Master, they have been working on aero refinement and they are very happy with the times so far.
Olivia and Serse from team J-Spec Performance didn’t have the best of days with gearbox issues forcing the team to change gearboxes, which will be fixed and they plan to be back tomorrow.
Josh Coote in the MCA Suspension V38 Nissan powered Toyota 86 had a positive day. The car, which is putting out 1076hp at the hubs, ran a 1:30 today, last year they ran a 1:32, they are hoping for a 1:28.
A couple of new features on the car include a new aero package from Barry Lock and new boost control set up.
Jordon Cox in the Hyundai i30N set some great times today including a 1:43, which means due to rules he will now have to fit a roll cage, as a car without them is not allowed to go below 1:45. The team plan to fit a roll cage to the car overnight so they can continue in the event.
Barton Mawer didn’t have the best of days with engine dramas halting the cars time spent on track.
Kosta and the team from Royal Purple/Tilton Racing is the happiest man in pit lane, lots of smiles despite a spin. Kosta managed a mid 1:26, but his crew chief wants him to aim for a 1:25. Plans for the car before tomorrow are general maintenance and an oil change.
Steve Johnson in the World Best Technology Racing GTRran a 1:30.2 on old tyres, that was eight-tenths of a second quicker than last year. The did have a broken CV to deal with today but otherwise all good.
The Drift King himself arrived today to check out his AE86 Link ECU Open Class Car and wasted no time getting behind the wheel and cranking out a 1:35. We look forward to seeing his progress across the next two days.
The action kicks off tomorrow at 8 am with V-Sport Clubsprint Class Session 1 ahead of an action-packed day.