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Sonic Evo performs well at the World Time Attack Challenge

The World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) over the weekend lived up to the hype! With about 10,000 spectators, it rivalled a V8 supercar race meeting! There were some amazing machines competing, including teams from the US and Japan. Two of the quickest evos in the world competed, the Sun Cyberevo and the Sierra Sierra Enterprises Evo 9 and they came first and second outright followed by the Tomei Cusco WRX and 4th was a GT3 spec Lotus Exige turbo driven by aussie ex-V8 supercar driver Warren Luff.

The dedication by the race teams was unbelievable, the cyberevo didn’t compete on day one after blowing an engine on Thursday practice. The cyberevo team spent all night Thursday rebuilding the engine to start it up on Friday and weren’t happy with it, so they set apart stripping it down again! Then worked on the car all day Friday and all night Friday night rebuilding the engine, tuning it and getting it ready. Their hard work culminated in an amazing laptime of 1.30.5 on Saturday morning to win the event outright, over one second ahead of the next competitor. Talk about a fairytale ending after some serious effort. The race team had been awake for 2 full days!

The Cyberevo put down an earth-shattering 1.30.5 laptime on semi slicks, that is 1.2 seconds quicker than the v8 supercar lap record at Eastern Creek and the v8’s run on full slicks which are probably worth an extra 1-2 seconds so it is an amazing laptime. An unbelievable achievement for a 4 cylinder turbo car.

The weekend was huge, if I wasn’t on track driving there was so much other stuff to see and do – watch the cars, walk the pits and see money-is-no-object track weapons, walk the trader stands, chat to competitors and the publc admiring the cars etc…

I ended up with a new PB laptime of 1.41.78. The car was consistently running low 1.42 and high 1.41’s. I did about 5 x 1.41 laps during the event so it certainly wasn’t a freak lap. I just couldn’t crack anything quicker than a 1.41.7 – I did 3 laps within a few hundredths of each other. I’ve got the usual excuses of being held up on a few flyers, actually have video of a 1.41.9 lap that I have to pass a car and take the wrong line through turn 4 so who knows… I’m confident there is low 1.41 or even a high 1.40 on semis given a few clear laps.

But all in all I’m very happy with the performance of the car and bringing it home in one piece.

Natsoft race results: http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?22/05/2010.EAST

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Some pics of the Sonic Evo at the WTAC:

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The Japanese ‘Sun Cyberevo’ won the event with a 1.30.5 lap, that is 1.2 seconds quicker than the V8 supercar lap record held by Mark Skaife, and the V8 supercars were on full slicks whereas we were all only allowed to use r-compound tyres (semi slicks) as per World Time attack rules.
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The Sierra Sierra enterprises evo came 2nd outright. The Sierra Sierra team actually run an Indycar racing team in the US, this evo is their ‘fun’ car!!
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The Tomei Cusco WRX came 3rd outright and was in serious contention for an outright win at one stage:
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The Panspeed RX7 was in 2nd place at one stage and would have to be one of the best looking Time Attack race cars on the planet:
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And something on the other end of the scale a lone e30 M3 holding up it’s end of the bargain in clubsprint class, one of the sexiest eighties cars there is. Not so quick compared to the other machinery around but pure style:
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Also the car has been featured in an online blog, JDM Racing: http://jdm-racing.blogspot.com/2010/05/sonic-evo-ix-gt.html

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