Hondas Shine at World Time Attack Challenge 2017
CRX, Civics, and S2000 claim two class wins and four podium spots at annual lap battle Down Under.
Time attack has grown into one of the real forms of innovation in motorsport and the annual World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsports Park in Australia is ground zero for the most insane lap-time-generating machines you’ll ever see. Hondas found themselves right in the mix of the 2017 action in Sydney on October 13 and 14.
Virgin Australia Supercars driver Tim Slade and the “Hammerhead” rightfully earned accolades with the overall fastest lap, a 1:20.971. However, a slew of Hondas made their presence felt with monster laps.
Robert Nguyen’s 101 Motorsport “Mighty Mouse” Honda CRX set Sydney Motorsports Park’s outright front-wheel-drive record in his very first session, a 1:26.535. He knocked almost 0.3 out of that time — and more than 1.5 seconds off his best from 2016 — to win the PRO-AM class.
William Au-Yeung came runner-up in that class to make a 1-2 finish for Honda. Au-Yeung’s later Vibrant Performance/PZ Tuning Civic clocked a 1:28.473 best lap.
Perhaps no win was more shocking than Adam Casmiri’s victory in OPEN Class. His JDMYard/Hardrace Civic threw down a jaw-dropping 1:27.562 (top video) from seemingly nowhere to the podium’s top step. He finished sixth in the class last year, but his stunner of a lap put defending champ Nathan Morcom down a step.
In the less-extreme CLUBSPRINT Class, Jordan Cox won the class in his Mitsubishi Evo 9. He may not have been in his usual EG Civic, but the Honda hero hustled his way to the class win by more than 2.5 seconds to show he has as much outright pace as anyone.
Benny Tran took second in the class with his BYP Racing Honda S2000. Tran was the best of three BYP S2000s, all of which claimed Top 10 positions in class. That included Ben Tran (6th) and Stephen Wan (8th).
Andrew Wegener’s red S2000 of Lone Wolf Racing just missed out on a CLUBSPORT podium by just 0.041 second.
Hondas also took home two of the Modified Car Show trophies. The Kanso Honda Civic won BEST JDM while Bodyform Motorsports’ 5ENNA Honda NSX won “BEST Wheel and Brake Setup.”
[Photos: World Time Attack Challenge]