A warm sunny Wednesday morning at Sydney Motorsport Park greeted a few of our familiar WTAC competitors making their way to the circuit for some early season testing, most notably the defending champion and WTAC record holding RP968 team.
Barton Mawer once again in the hot seat for the number one car, as they tested pressures and adjusted suspension settings to suit the new Yokohama slick tyres they will be running in Pro Class this year.
Backed with traffic, the Porsche was unable to get out for a full flying lap, however, this was not the team’s intention. This is possibly the earliest Rod Pobestek and the RP968 team have been out testing the car ahead of the event, to insure any issues were addressed with ample time to correct and refine before their September run in pursuit of the lap record.
Feedback from the team has been unanimously positive, and as always, to be able to push these top-level cars to the limit, sometimes they need to be exceeded to pinpoint where exactly that limit is, but the team is gearing to be right on the limit to improve on 2019’s 1:19.2770 record run.
This car needs to be witnessed in person to truly appreciate how wild and wonderful it is, we could spend hours staring at the ingenious engineering solutions, both aerodynamic and mechanical, to propel this tin top into times comparable to open wheelers.
Other competitors in attendance were Plazmaman’s Alex Michalsky, entered in Haltech Clubsprint class, who took the opportunity to get more seat time in his Mitsubishi Evolution 6.5 TME, with his session cut short by a fuel pump issue.
Reigning Clubsprint champion and Clubsprint record holder, Evolution Racing Spares’ Jimmy ‘Evo’ Asaadd was present, and ensuring he was able to take advantage of great track conditions and weather to get more time under his belt to defend his title this year.
We also spotted the works-built N Performance i30N Fastback N which was purpose-built for WTAC in 2019, now in private hands and out for laps with Andrew Price behind the wheel.
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