Taking place annually at Sydney Motorsport Park since 2010, the World Time Attack Challenge is all about seeing who can lap the 3.93-kilometre Gardner GP Circuit fastest, and this year that accolade went to Slade with his blistering 1:22.19 lap.
Bettering the 1:23.77 record lap set last year by Garth Walden in the Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo IX (pictured bottom), Slade’s astonishing lap was achieved in the MCA Suspension Nissan Silvia S13 – known as the ‘Hammerhead’ – which came runner up in 2015, driven by another Supercars driver, Shane van Gisbergen.
Beating out fellow Aussie Barton Mawer in the RP-968 Porsche 968 (1:23.03) and Japan’s Tomohiko ‘Under’ Suzuki in the Scorch Racing Nissan Silvia S15 (1:23.13), Slade’s sub-1:23.00 time guaranteed he finished the weekend atop the Pro class tables.
With a time of 1:27.45, Michael Sigsworth in the PMQ Design Mitsubishi Evo IX recorded the fastest time for the Pro-Am class, while Nathan Morcom took out the Open class in the Royal Purple/Spartan EVO Mitsubishi Evo IX and Daniel Meredith the Clubsprint class in the BYP Racing Honda Civic with times of 1:29.29 and 1:39.27, respectively.
For context, the Supercars qualifying lap record for the New South Wales circuit belongs to Craig Lowndes – a 1:29.25 – with the race lap record held by Jonathon Webb – a 1:30.94.
A two-day event running across Friday and Saturday, WTAC 2016 wrapped up on Saturday night with the conclusion of the Just Car Insurance International Drift Challenge, this year won by Michael Rosenblatt in his R32 Nissan GT-R.
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