As is with all motorsports, numbers and times speak for themselves, so here are some important numbers to remember in 2019.
1:19.825 – TARGET ACQUIRED
In 2018, the RP968 car with Bart Mawer at the reins cracked the first ‘sub-20s’ time in WTAC history. This is the time to beat this year.
0.683s – BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT
This is the margin between the current RP968 record and the outright race lap record at Sydney Motorsport Park set by Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg. Two very close lap times for two very different cars. Nico was in an A1GP Lola-Zytek open-wheeled race car on slicks. RP968 is a full-bodied race car on Yokohama Advan A050 street-legal, semi-slick tyres.
1.196s – NOT YOUR AVERAGE AVERAGE
The lap record has been broken every single year since WTAC moved to Sydney Motorsport Park in 2010. The average winning margin for Pro Class is 1.196s, the smallest margin in 2014 when Garth Walden in the Tilton Evo broke his own record by 14 milliseconds. The largest was when Warren Luff in the Nemo Evo took Cyber’s crown by 3.831 seconds in 2012, which also signalled a new shift in time-attack’s focus on aerodynamics. The last three year’s average winning margin is 1.317s, so if this is anything to go by, we might even see our first 1:18 lap in 2019!
10.762s – NEVER LOOK BACK
This is the difference between the winning times of RP968 in 2018 and the Cyber Evo in 2010. If Tarzan and Cyber were to run that time in 2018, they would not have had a podium finish in Pro, Pro Am or Open Class… Let that sink in for a moment.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The title of WTAC’s longest winning streak by driver and car belongs to Garth Walden and the Tilton Evo for reigning supreme between 2013 and 2015. The only other teams to ever have repeat wins are Tarzan Yamada and the Cyber Evo (2010-2011) and Tim Slade in the MCA Nissan S13 (2016-2017), who both had back-to-back wins.
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD – EVOLUTION DOMINANCE
Six out of nine Pro Class honours have been awarded to a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The Lancer CT platform has been a popular platform for time-attack entries as the robust 4G63 engine has massive potential for big, responsive power and the balanced all-wheel-drive system makes getting traction easier than ever.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Since WTAC moved to SMSP in 2010, those nine winning laps would amount to a total time of 12mins and 40.919 seconds. The distance travelled would be around 35.37kms. The winners have run an average speed of 167.37km/h.
One perfect lap is all it takes. But, the real numbers to remember?
18-19 October 2019. Get ready, it’s going to be huge. The numbers never lie.